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 has reopened the Sanctuary for morning services, both Shabbat at 8:30 and weekday at 8:00. Not only that, the building is even air-conditioned! Many thanks to Aharon Kreiser for his efforts in supervising the installation of the new system.
Kabbalat Shabbat continues to be via ZOOM.
For you consideration:
We know we are in the vulnerability group, so use your best judgement as to your attendance.
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.
No kiddush or refreshments of any kind will be served as long as face masks are needed.
Bible Study with Mike Garmise will return to physically meeting in the shelter, Wednesday June 17th at 10:00 a.m. *Change of plans - still Zoom this week.*
Bible Study with Rachel Krupnik (in Hebrew) is still via Zoom.