Three-day Trip to the South: "The Human Mosaic – Zionism Then and Now" : Pictures here.
Thirty seven Bet Israel members and friends went on a three day trip to the south of Israel where we got to know about different communities and developing towns in and around Kiryat Gat and Dimona. We heard about the Ethiopians march and arrival in Israel and the community's way of life at the Beta Israel farm and visited the memorial to the 4,000 Ethiopians who died on the arduous way here.
We learned about changes in the status of women in Bedouin society through visits to Desert Embroidery and herbal remedies Desert Daughter visitors' centers.
Knesset deputy speaker Meir Cohen, a former high school principal and mayor of Dimona told us the town's story and the tremendous changes occurring there in the last 10-15 years.
We visited the Ayalim student village and got a fascinating tour of the Hebrew Community quarter in Dimona. We enjoyed eating prickly pears (sabra fruits) at the Orly Sabras enormous farm while learning all about growing and selling the fruit.
The two nights we stayed at the unique Drachim Hotel in Dimona was an experience in itself with its distinctive Moroccan décor and delicious food.
The last day was devoted mainly to the annals of the War of Independence in the area. We visited the memorial to the 87 religious soldiers of the Alexandroni Brigade who fell in the battle of the Faluja Pocket during the War of Independence. We visited the Givati museum, Kibbutz Negba open museum and the Tom & Tomer ecological park in memory of the victims of the helicopter crash disaster in 1997.
The trip was organized and guided by Itzhik Efron.
Dear Congregants of Bet Israel,
We are pleased to announce that Bet Israel is reopening the Sanctuary for services as of Friday May 29, Shavuot morning, at 8:30am
For continuing services, the Ritual Committee will send a schedule of times for services in the Synagogue and potential continuation of Kabbalat Shabbat by ZOOM.
For you consideration:
1. The air conditioning is currently in the final stages of installation and as such, there are no environmental controls. The Sanctuary will be at ambient temperature with the aid of fans and open windows as needed.
2. We know we are in the vulnerability group, so use your best judgement as to your attendance.
Please be on the look out for those schedules.
The following limitations apply as required by the State, the Ritual Committee and President:
Please do not come if you feel ill. Temperatures will be checked at the door, and people with a fever will not be admitted.
Face masks covering nose and mouth must be worn within the synagogue.
A distance of two meters (or six feet) must be maintained between people.
At the moment, there is no possible danger of infection from objects in the synagogue, since everything has been unused for two months. However, once people start touching things that will change. Please bring a bag marked with your name, and before you leave put into it the books you used. If you used a tallis that belongs to the synagogue, put that in as well. Leave it on your seat for the next time you come.
No kiddush or refreshments of any kind will be served as long as face masks are needed.
All social activities are POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.