Purim – a great time for kids and adults! See lots of photos here.
This year’s Tu Bish’vat seder was led and organized by Itzik and Debbie Efron. Here are some photos.
“Home” – Concert/lecture, by Batya Fonda. Here are some photos and a summary.
Chanuka 2016 – Lots of singing … lots of latkes!! Have a look at the cute photos.
Rabbi Reuven Hammer gave a fascinating talk entitled “Rabbi Akiva – Maverick Mystic”. Here is a report by Marsha Stein.
“Opera Fashion” was the name of the extremely enjoyable concert sponsored by “Bet Israel” together with “She’arim” in November 2016. See photos and a full report of this gala event (courtesy of Alan and Marsha Stein).
Purim 2016 was great fun! See the photos. Our celebrations were extended into the following Shabbat – Shushan Purim – when we feasted on a vegan dinner prepared by Batya’s daughter, Michal Lederfein, and laughed at a Purimshpiel (“The King and I”) put on by our “not-quite-ready-Purim-players”. (Because of Shabbat, we weren’t able to take photos of this hilarious performance).
On Tuesday, 22nd December, 10th Tevet, a memorial was held to mark the day of Kaddish for those whose exact day of death is not known. Rabbi Birnbaum prepared and led the very moving ceremony. He sang a song in Yiddish – Der yid hot in zayn lebn – which he had heard his father sing. Sheer Birnbaum, his grandson, also participated in the ceremony, as did Batya Fonda.
On Sunday 20th December, our synagogue members packed “Mul Hayam” restaurant in Netanya in a very warm tribute to Helen Brawer, past-president of BICA for the last eight years. She was awarded a certificate and beautiful gift in appreciation of her tireless work. See more photos here.
On the first night of Chanuka 5776 – 6th December 2015 – we were treated to a wonderful party. The She’arim Senior Choir, led by Kim Usanov, sang a varied programme of Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew and classical choral compositions; the She’arim Junior Choir sang a medley of Chanuka songs; and we finished with a feast of latkes prepared by Nina Fishman, with Shirley and Larry Hepner. A big thanks to all who helped out. See more photos here.
On Tuesday 19th May, we were treated to a wonderful concert, “From Paganini to Bernstein”, sponsored jointly by She’arim, featuring virtuoso violinist Adrian Justus, opera singer Maria Kabelski, soprano, and Nadia Fridkovsky, pianist, director of the Netanya Conservatory Piano Department.
On Sunday 10th May, the very informative documentary Body and Soul – The State of the Jewish Nation was screened in our sanctuary/auditorium. The producer-director, award-winning Gloria Z. Greenfield, spoke to us at the pre-screening supper and answered questions about the film afterwards. The film presented a comprehensive examination of the broad and deep connections between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel. World-renowned historians, archaeologists, political scientists, religious leaders, and international law and media experts traced the evolution of the relationship between the Jewish People and their homeland.
Thank you, Suzanne Goodman, for your tireless effort in organizing this event.
We thank the many members who contributed towards sound and viewing equipment, enabling our sanctuary to function as an auditorium for concerts and lectures. We’ve almost covered the costs: additional contributions are still being gratefully received.