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Bet Israel Masorti Synagogue

בית ישראל" – בית הכנסת המסורתי בנתניה"

19 Yehuda Hanasi St., POB 437, Netanya 4210300, Israel
Phone: 972-(0)9-862-4345

Welcome to Bet Israel Masorti Synagogue

Welcome to Bet Israel  –  Netanya’s friendly, egalitarian Conservative synagogue
ברוכים הבאים ל בית ישראל  –  ביה”כ המסורתי השוויוני והידידותי בנתניה

Shabbat Times

Service Times

During Summertime, the Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 6:00 p.m.

During Wintertime, the Kabbalat Shabbat service begins 20 minutes after candle-lighting.

Shabbat morning service begins at 8:30 am.
On weekdays, Shacharit begins at 8:00 am.

High Holidays - Times of Services 5780 2019

What’s new?

Havayat Havdala pictures Havdala 20191207



 Ushpezin party in our sukkah.






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.


To all members of Bet Israel, shalom, 

I am pleased to announce that we have a Community Center Director for Bet Israel beginning 1 August.

Her name is Aleli Prawer and she has wide experience in community organizing and helping Masorti-affiliated communities to succeed and to grow. She was very successful in Uraguay in founding new Masorti communities.  

 This is a first step, we hope, in moving in a positive direction for Bet Israel, with the tremendous support, both material and moral, from our own Masorti Movement here in Israel.

I invite you all to meet Aleli when she joins us at Shabbat Morning Services on 3 August.

Sincerely, as we look to the future,

Larry Hepner

President, Bet Israel.


English tutors needed! For details click below:

Initial notice 5Feb2019 poster

Upcoming Events

Saturday Dec. 14 Dr. Shahar Rozen  will give a talk about Israeli cinema, enlivened by clips from appropriate movies. This is the first activity of the Kaleidoscope film festival. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m., lecture at 7:30. Movie flyer 1st meet 14Dec19

Wednesday December 18 at 7:00 pm – Jewish Agency vice-chairman, Dr. David Breakstone, will talk about
“Those We Left Behind” and share with us some of his experiences in bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
40sh. incl. refreshements. Breakstone talk 18 Dec19

Chanukka party: Dec 24, 6:00 p.m. Chanukah Party 24Dec2019 at 6pm

For more planned activities click Events (in the menu bar above).

Bet Israel is a community center as well as a synagogue! We have two halls that are available on a rental basis: Bet Israel Community Center Rental FLYER עברית WITH PICS

Regular Activities

Astronomy Club: Meet with Sara Bordowitz (MSc, Astronomy) Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Astronomy Club BASIC SIGN Dec2018

Bible study with Rachel Holman in Hebrew, Mondays, 5:30 pm. NOTE: NO CLASS Nov. 18!

Bible study with Mike Garmise in English. Wednesday Nov 27 at 10:00, and continuing on alternate weeks. Cost 30 NIS per class.

Advanced Hebrew classes with Hadassa Birnbaum: Mondays at 3 pm.

Bridge: Mondays and Thursdays at 9:15 am. 35 sh.

Women-Only Israeli Dance with Reli Abman: Sundays at 8:00pm for beginners and 9:15 for intermediate/advanced. 30sh.

Israeli Dancing: Thursdays - 8 pm  with Danny Naveh. 30 sh.


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Membership Corner

♠ Pictures from the latest Chavayat Havdala here.

Hanukka party

Natalie Guerin's Aliya

♠ Pictures from the felafel dinner, 2017.

♠  Ida Plaut remembers her son Steven z"l.

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