NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2014

A NEW MISSION — STRENGTHENING AND REBULDING THE MOSHAVIM, KIBBUTZIM AND YISHUVIM BY GAZA
 
RENOVATIONS ON THE SYNAGOGUE AT KIBBUTZ BRUR CHAI MOVING ALONG!
 

With great excitement, after years of not using the Synagogue, which had fallen into disrepair, with Ayelet HaShachar’s skillful assistance members are renovating it with great zeal and joy! The members are anxious to Daven there on Rosh Hashanah but another $20K is needed to complete the building.  Make your Rosh Hashanah davening more meaningful by helping to give them their place to daven for Rosh Hashanah for the first time in many, many years! 

 
 
 
 
 
   
         

A SEFER TORAH FINDS A NEW HOME AT KIBBUTZ HOLIT!

 

MOSHAV SDE AVRAHAM TO REHAB A SMALL BUILDING FOR USE AS A SCHUL FOR YONTIFF!

 

A HEART-TO-HEART AT KIBBUTZ KEREM SHALOM

A few months ago an amazing family left the comfortable confines of their home in a different location, and moved to the Kibbutz.  They built a house that sits right next to an Army Intelligence outpost with eyes on Gaza! You can see Gaza from their living room.  During the war rockets fell on either side of their house, but miraculously the house was not damaged!  
 
This young family returned to their Jewish roots after the birth of their first child and wanted a place for them to go for Shabbos and Holidays, and a place where their son can be Bar Mitzvah. They asked the Kibbutz members if they would agree to obtain a Sefer Torah and build a Schul (there was neither on the Kibbutz).  This is a Kibbutz where people knew little about Torah, had little Jewish content in their lives and this family suddenly lit a spark a Torah spark in them.  With the battering they took during the war that spark turned into a fire and they too wanted both a Torah and a Schul.
 
Rav Ra’anan received an inquiry from a donor who had a Sefer Torah to lend.  The Rav took the donor down with him to meet the family.  It was an “instant” match!  Help them build and rebuild their Jewish lives, by contributing and raising $20K to build the Schul!
 
 

Out of sorrow, rebuilding:  It was hear that the family of four-year-old Daniel Tourjeman sat shiva.   Daniel was killed during the last days of the war, when his family could not reach their shelter quickly enough.  During and immediately after Shiva, and after years of having no Schul, no place to daven or celebrate Jewish events, members of the Moshav very much wanted to build a Schul and have it ready for Rosh HaShanah.   Rav Ra’anan met with several members brainstorming how to help them reach their goals.  As they talked they realized that building a new Schul would take much longer than the couple of weeks they had till R.H.  So, they discussed using an existing smaller structure that could be easily rehabbed. They put it to a vote the following day, and all the members agreed. Help them restore their Jewish roots and be able to celebrate the Holidays together by donating to raise the $3,000.00 needed to complete the project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Kerem Shalom is a HaShomer HaTza’ir Kibbutz located 50 meters from Gaza and 500 meters from Egypt.  In a visit to the Kibbutz Rav Ra’anan sat in a garden in the shadow of the high walls surrounding the entire Kibbutz (making it look like a fortress) speaking with 4-5 families who poured out their hearts to him. They had nothing “Jewish”: no place to daven, no holy books, no sefer Torah, no ability to celebrate bar mitzvahs, holidays, etc. They desperately wanted to re-establish and strengthen their connection to Judaism.  Rav Ra’anan has agreed to partner with them and help them to obtain everything they need! The project will cost $20,000.00. You have an historic opportunity to participate with them, maybe even to dedicate this Schul in the names of your loved ones and the benefit of helping many Jews return to their Judaism. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

BUILDING THE BRIDGE BETWEEN SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS

The Rav paid two Shiva calls on Kibbutz Neriim: first to the family of Ze’ev Etzion HY”D  (may Hashem avenge his blood) and then to the family of Shahar Melamed HY”D both were killed on the last day of the war right before the ceasefire.  The Rav knew neither of the families, but just wanted to pay the condolence calls.  At both homes his entrance was first met with surprise and then gratitude that a Religious Jew would reach out to comfort them.  At the Melamed family he told the mourners:

“I’m a father and grandfather I can imagine what this means, even though we are separate bodies we are one soul, and we all share your pain.  It’s our zechus to understand your self-sacrifice, and I pray we can meet again but for good things.” 

    Rav Ra’anan returned on Sunday, September 7, 2014 accompanied by the Rosh Yeshiva, Ariyeh Levy from Netivot, to be Menachem Aveilim.

 
 
 
 

Garden Care During the Shemita Year 

Ayelet Hashachar is delighted to provide you with the opportunity to learn the laws of schmitta given over by Raf Yosef Efrati, a Talmud Chacham, and the former Secretary to Rav Yosef Shalom Eliyashiv, Z"L, easily presented and understood, in the comfort of your own home, or for high school, seminaries or yeshivas. See: click here

 
 
 
 
     

A “PRAYER CORNER” AT

KIBBUTZ KVAR AZA

  Rav Ra’anan is standing in front of  an old tank with Olive Tree growing out of it, reminds us of the verses from Isaiah 2:4:

Rav Ra’anan travelled to this Kibbutz together with his engineer/contractor. The members have taken a small existing building on the Kibbutz, and are in the process of renovating it with the Rav’s help.   For 65 years until now they have had no religious services at all!  The building is called “Pinat Tefillah” (prayer corner) rather than Beit Knesset (Synagogue).  They already have an Aharon Kodesh (an Ark), a Sefer Torah, Bima (where they put the Sefer Torah when reading from it), and Mechitza (Partition used to separate Men and Women) in that Pinat Tefillah.   The cost of this project is $3,000.00.  Enhance your davening by helping them to have a place to daven for this Rosh Hashanah!

 

 

ד  וְשָׁפַט בֵּין הַגּוֹיִם, וְהוֹכִיחַ לְעַמִּים רַבִּים; וְכִתְּתוּ חַרְבוֹתָם לְאִתִּים, וַחֲנִיתוֹתֵיהֶם לְמַזְמֵרוֹת--לֹא-יִשָּׂא גוֹי אֶל-גּוֹי חֶרֶב, וְלֹא-יִלְמְדוּ עוֹד מִלְחָמָה.  {פ} 

 

And He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

 
 
 
   
 
   
 

 




Newsflash

  • Farmers Shmittah Conference - Rav Chaim Weintrob

    Thurs 23/02/2014, 20:00

     
  • Sdot Yam, Rosh Chodesh with Arik Shachar

    Thurs 30/1/2014, 21:00

     
  • Kiryat Tivon Rosh Chodesh Party in memory of Rav Chaim Weintrob's son

    Thurs 30/1/2014 17:30

     
  • Chavrutah Farmers, Moshav Vered Yericho, Shmittah Meeting

     Thurs 30/01/2014, 20:00

     
  • Modiin Tour of Jerusalem on Thursday

     19 Jan 2014 - 18:00

     
  • Modiin: Tu B'Shvat Party with the Chief Rabbis of Israel, in Memory of HaRav Ovadia Yosef

    Migdal David 18:00 Tues 17 Jan 2014

     
  • Sdot Yam: Rosh Chodesh Event with Performer Arik Shachar

    1/1/2014 20:30

     
  • Shulamit - Melaveh Malka for women with Rabbanit Pninit Chazan,

     Beit Uziel, 20:000

     
  • Beit Nekofa, Rabbi Yaakov Chaim Sofer

    08/12/2013 15:00-20:00​ at the local synagogue.

     
  • Press Article on Ayelet Hashachar progress in building Kibbutz Shuls

    http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/features/feautures-on-jewish-world/shuls-and-mushrooms/2013/11/15/