|Newsletter 44 | February 2015 ||
|In this month's World of Emunah:|
It is amazing and frightening to see how history repeats itself. Almost every century has its Pharaoh or its Haman and every time the hatred is targeting the Jews. We may ask, why? Unfortunately there is no logical answer. It seems that our existence causes jealousy, envy and enmity. The story of Purim is a sad one. Yes I know משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה: In Adar we have to increase the joy. No wonder we have to drink wine to forget the tragic events preceding the miraculous survival of our people.
"ויזעק זעקה גדולה ומרה” (אסתר ד'ב')
He showed his pain by rending his garments, and putting on sack cloth and ashes.
They're ready to face the music for Emunah
It was no coincidence that representatives of World Emunah traveled to the Elisheva High School in Pardes Hana last week to be part of the "Book Appreciation Day". It was also very little surprise that the school put together a meaningful and powerful presentation, filled with education, values and love. Each student in 7th, 8th and 9th grade had spent the previous semester reading a classic work of literature, delving deeply into the meaning, lessons and ideology of the book. It was a lengthy project. The girls spent time analyzing their impressions of the characters, story line and premise. The topics of the books varied. One class read a book about the Holocaust - "Rootz Yeled Rootz" (Run Son Run) a moving story of a boys survival in Europe during the 1940's. Another class read a book called "Achi Achi" (my brother, my brother!) telling the poignant story of a young man killed at war and how his family grappled with pain and loss.
Under the leadership of the indefatigable and energetic Gaby Guggenheim, the team in Zurich brought together a very special group of around 80 supporters for another great event. The participants all learned about the work of Emunah, enjoyed the music of Eli Deri, a 17 year old boy that we brought from Afula, who also told us about his tough life and the ways in which Emunah helped him to overcome and succeed.
For the 6th year in a row, Netivot hosted their annual "Coffee & Shmooze" morning. Dozens of women and their spouses attended a 4-part lecture series on strengthening the family. Talks focused on family relations highlighting the importance of making time for each as well as discussing the art of learning to listen and respect one another.
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Closing date for Lapidot Purim Card 5775 - Sunday 15th February.
For only 40nis., instead of Mishloach Manot, you can send greetings to all Lapidot members.The money will benefit children in our Emunah projects. Your name will be listed and sent on a special card to all members of Lapidot with a general Purim greeting. Make sure you are part of the fun :)
EMUNAH of America welcomed Rabbi Naftali Besser, staff and 47 Flatbush Yeshiva high school students for their 13th Annual Chesed Mission.
Under Rabbi Besser's unique and skillful guidance, each day was filled with Chesed - this group, and the Flatbush Adult Chesed Mission in May is the highlight of the year and reminds everyone they touch just how truly special and beloved this group is!
The group visited the EMUNAH Day Care Center in Neve Yaakov for pre Shabbat festivities with the children and staff. The Flatbush students participated in kabalat Shabbat, helped bake mini challot and played with the kids. The had to check the students as they got back on the bus to make sure they weren't taking the babies home with them!
The students had a great visit with the kids and staff at EMUNAH's Achuzat Sara children's home. The guys from Flatbush had a good time playing soccer and basketball with our kids and the girls made an art project together. The visit to Achuzat Sara ended with a joyous Bar/Bat mitzvah celebration!!
A visit to the the EMUNAH day care center in Mevasseret Zion is always a must for the Flatbush mission. The children loved playing outside and blowing bubbles with our students.
The highlight of the whole trip was the visit to EMUNAH Bet Elazraki children's home. This was most definitely the highlight of the whole trip! The Flatbush students spent the night meeting and talking to the kids and staff and then danced and danced and danced! The visit was so meaningful for everyone and so much fun!
We look forward to Rabbi Besser's return in May with the Adult/ Couples Chesed Mission
If you are moving, downsizing, or cleaning for Pesach, your unwanted items can go to support Emunah's many projects.
Our wish list includes: Judaica, Jewelry, Decorative and Household Items, Art, Books, Children's Toys, Purses, Hats, Sports Equipment, etc., etc.
We can accept large or heavy deliveries at the building by prior arrangement only. To arrange a pick-up or help with large deliveries, please call Rella Borowski (052-766-7318) or Sandy Lerner (052-664-0860). Other merchandise can be dropped off at the Emunah building Sunday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM or whenever you are attending a class or meeting there.
Bracha Chapter of Emunah presents our annual
Tu B’Shvat project!
This year we are offering a delightful platter of Israeli fruits – all from pre-shmita growing season – for your enjoyment this Tu B’Shvat!
Each platter contains: raisins, almonds, roasted peanuts, candied etrog bits, pecans, dates.
All grown and packed by former Gush Katif farmers.
Place your order now! Guarantee delivery before Tu B’Shvat!
Each box is 50 shekels, with part of each purchase donated to Emunah! Call: Judy Caspi: 054-569-0410
Sherry Luber: 052-471-0705