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* Rabbi Birnbaum's report on Friday night's Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner:
The reaction to our Friday evening program was overwhelming. Several people told me that they never had such an uplifting an inspiring experience in the Synagogue. Aiton’s, Sheer’s and Nitzan’s musical renditions were truly remarkable. So was Bat-Ella’s. Carmel and Sarah added to the Ma’ariv Service. And the dinner, compliments of Dani (CEO of Sodastream), with the lusty singing of most present led by Dani and Bat-Ella, rounded out an unforgettable evening. Participants enjoyed it SO much that, despite repeated requests not to applaud, they burst into spontaneous applause several times. Perhaps we can persuade those who made this experience possible to repeat it in the not too distant future. Our gratitude to the BICA ladies, Edith, Frieda and Suzanne, led by Hadassa, as well as to Yelena, for their indispensable help.
§ From our Yom HaAtzmaut service: see more pictures here.
◊ At the synagogue's general meeting, we voted for the board as follows: President, Aaron Kreiser; Vice Presidents, Hadassa Birnbaum, Itzik Efron, Baruch Maor; Treasurer, Aida Miller, Members-at-large Helen Brawer, Debbie Efron, Jan Gaines, Edith Garfinkle, Larry Hepner, Claudja Khenkin, Lenore Levin, Gloria Scott, Allan Tobias, Yelena Wolchansky. The board also includes past presidents Howie Goodman, Morrie Kaporovsky, and Rachel Krupnik-Holman. We also voted to include long-time treasurer Sidney Kronenberg as an honorary lifetime member of the Board. Photo of the inductees: .
◊ We were devastated to hear of the passing of Rachel Holman's 4-1/2 year old grandson, Yoav. May his memory be for a blessing. Rachel, may you, Yoni and Yael, and the whole family, have only happy memories of this precious little child. Yehi zichro baruch.
For those of us wishing to give in memory of Yoav z"l, the family requests that donations go to Ezer MiZion "Lego Project". This is a project for children in the serious illness wards of hospitals, who are visited regularly and brought gifts of Lego sets to help raise their spirits --- Yoav was one of them. For donations to Ezer MiZion Lego Fund, please contact *2236.
This year's Tu Bish'vat seder was led and organized by Itzik and Debbie Efron. Here are some photos.
Aida Miller and Jan Gaines have jointly donated adefibrillatorto the synagogue, in loving memory of their mothers, z"l. On Monday 26th December, congregants who expressed interested in learning how to use the defibrillator watched a demonstration, which has been summarized here by Marsha Stein.
It has now been erected on the balcony of our synagogue. Everybody is welcome to come and visit! View more photos on this page.
Have a look at this lovingly-produced video by Hadas Parush (the Kaporovsky's grand-daughter) of the beautiful sukkah designed and produced by her grandfather Meir Parush. Now that Meir and his wife Miriam are no longer able to erect the sukkah themselves, it will be displayed in our own synagogue, and open to residents and visitors of Netanya. See this page to learn more about the story of the sukkah, and to see more photos. Details of viewing times and arrangements will be posted here.