Hamevasser – Parashat Yitro

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Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 16:45/ 4:45pm
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 16:55/ 4:55pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

40th Anniversary celebration

Last Monday we celebrated a triple event – Tu Bishvat, our congregation’s 40th anniversary and the inauguration of our permanent synagogue on Yehudah haNassi st. We listened to a lecture by Dr. Eitan Shikli, We hosted mayor Mr. Fadlon as well as deputy mayor Mr. Levi and the chairman of the religious council Mr. Pinhas. Mayor Fadlon was honored with the affixing the mezuzah on our main entrance. Other guests of honor were Sophie Fellman Rafalovitz – chairperson of the Masorti movement, as well as Dr. Yizhar Hess, the Masorti movement’s CEO, and representatives of the Ames foundation – who were honored , together with Mrs. Wendy Rimon (Evelyn and Avi Wolman’s daughter) with unveiling the name plaque of the building and with planting a tree.

For pictures of the event please click here:


Bar Mitzvah

This coming Shabbat we will celebrate with the Levi family the Bar Mitzvah of Ro’i. Mazal Tov to Ro’i and the Levi family.


Wanted – Kiddushim

Not every Shabbat do we have a celebration – a Bar-Mitzvah or Shabbat Hatan. We are looking for members who want to volunteer a Kiddush: to mark a personal celebration, to mark a jahrzeit – or just for the fun of it!!

We still do not have a kiddush for the following dates:

from February 23 (“Ki-Tissa”) to April 6 (Metzora)

Please contact Rav Barry to coordinate the Kiddush.

Wanted!- Haftorah readers

We are looking for men and women who want the honor of reading a haftarah when there is no bar mitzvah.
Contact Rav Barry or Yiftah to choose a date. They will be happy help you to prepare.


Bnei Mitzvah Calendar

February 2 – Parashat Mishpatim (Minchah) – Sa’ar Grossman

February 9 – Parashat Terumah – Guy Eisenbaum

February 16 – Parasat Tetzaveh – Itamar Offek


Adult Education

Woman’s Voice Series – Join us to learn modern midrashim from the book Dirshuni – Women interpretation of the Jewish sacred texts. Every Monday at 7:00pm

Lectures by Dr Adolfo Roitman

The management of the “Torah Lishmah” program decided to open to the general public the series of lectures by Dr. Adolfo Roitman. Dr. Roitman is the curator of the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem and he will lecture on the apocrypha – the books that did not make it into the canon.

The last lectures next following Wednesdays January 23rd at 6:00 pm in Neve Schechter, 42 Shlush st. Tel Aviv

Admission is free but requires pre-notification by phone (074-7800712) or by e-mail ( rabschool@schechter.org.il )



Mother of Shlomo Weitzmann (Monday, Jan 28

Sister of Amos Peled (Tuesday, Jan 29)

Uncle of Sally Izakov (Friday, Feb 1)


Members who want to recite Kaddish on the actual date of the Yahrzeit are invited to contact Rav Barry so that he can arrange a minyan.


Events in the Conservative Movemen

Women’s Study day


A few words from Rabbi Barry

Erev Shabbat Parashat Yitro

There is a midrash that appears in several places that suggests that since Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law, was impressed by what happened to the Israel, he actually converted:

1.Bavli Zevachim 116 a- “Now Yitro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel His people, how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt” (Exodus 18:1). What tiding did he hear that he came and converted? Rabbi Yehoshua says: He heard about the war with Amalek, Rabbi Elazar HaModa’i says: He heard about the giving of the Torah and came.

2.Midrash Tanchuma Yitro 7:

And Yitro rejoiced (Exod. 18:9). Do not read this word as vayichad (“and he rejoiced”) but rather vayihed (“and he became a yehudi [a Jew]”). Why did Yitro say: Blessed be the Lord (Exod. 18:10)? Yitro said: I have not neglected to worship any idol in this world, but I have found no god like the God of Israel. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all the gods (ibid. 11).

However, there is also another midrash that says that the adage

“better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away” (Proverbs 27:10) can be attributed to Yitro, who was geographically close, but far from (being an) Israelite. I suggest that the summit meeting between Yitro, the Midianite Priest and his son-in-law Moshe was an “interfaith” meeting in which a true friend, a “Righteous Gentile,” came only to rejoice with Moshe and the people about their departure from slavery to freedom, as it is written, “Yitro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians.

Song of the Week

LaHakat Hanachal

At the Sinai- Lyrics- Yechiek Mohar, Melody- Moshe Wilensky

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