Shabbat "Shekalim" & "Mevarchin",
Parashat "Mishpatim"
25 Shevat 5778, February 9-10, 2018

Friday Evening Services -  5 PM, Saturday Morning Services – 9:30 AM

Torah reading: Exodus 21:1-24:18; 30:11-16              Haftarah: II Kings 12:5-16



This Friday Evening, February 9 – Kabbalat Shabbat with Harp Accompaniment and Blessing for Adar Birthdays:

This Friday evening, February 9, the service will follow "Classical Reform" tradition, accompanied by harpist Gittit Boasson and with readings from our prayer anthology, "B'hadrat Kodesh."

In honor of Shabbat Mevarchin, all those born in the month of Adar will be invited to the bimah for a blessing under the congregation's chupah.


Overseas Bat Mitzvah – This Saturday Morning, February 10:

This Saturday morning, February 10, Kaylah Goldrich from the USA will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah.  She will follow in her father's footsteps in that he also had his bar mitzvah here at Har-El in 1991.  Kaylah's family has also invited the members of the congregation to join them for the kiddush following the service, here at the synagogue.  Mazal tov and warm congratulations to Kaylah and her family!


Reopening of our English Beit Midrash, Led by Rabbi Helen Bar-Yaacov, Next Tuesday, February 13:

Next Tuesday, February 13, our English Beit Midrash on the book of Genesis will restart, led by Har-El member Rabbi Helen Bar-Yaacov. The class will be held every Tuesday, from 5-6:30 PM in the sanctuary.  Participation is free of charge, and new participants are welcome.  For more details, please click here or call Rabbi Helen at 053-527-6018.

"You Shall Not Oppress the Stranger, for You Know the Feelings of the Stranger" (Exodus 23:9) – Our Movement's Actions for Asylum Seekers:

Please click here for materials (in Hebrew) from the Reform Movement about this issue, including our Movement's official position, study materials from Jewish sources, how you can help, and more.  For a summary in English, please click here.


Israeli Bar Mitzvah Next Saturday, February 17:

Next Saturday morning, February 17, Itamar Treisman from Yishuv Y'af (near Tel Mond) will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah.  Itamar is the grandson of Har-El members Leah and Yossi Barel, and great grandson of Har-El members Regina & Aharon Zwergbaum z"l.  Mazal tov and warm congratulations to Itamar and his family! 

Purim is Coming – An Appeal to Our Members to Participate in the Mitzvah of "Mishloach Manot" (Purim Baskets):

As in years past, on behalf of Kehilat Har-El, we will send mishloach manot to members of the congregation, families and elderly of limited means in the city center and Nachlaot, to a battered women's shelter, and other locations.  You can help in one of the following ways:

1)       Donations to fund the purchase of goodies and wrapping material for the mishlochei manot.

2)       Helping to wrap the mishlochei manot: Monday, February 26 at 5 PM, in the sanctuary.

3)       Volunteering to deliver the mishlochei manot.

For more details and to contribute, please contact Har-El administrator Shany Shlomo at 053-6499584 or  


Save the Date:
Thursday, March 1 at 6 PM:  Shushan Purim – evening service and megillah reading.


Something New in the Garden – The Almond Tree is Blooming:

The almond tree planted in memory of Har-El member Michael Heymann z"l began blooming this week!


Members are invited to contribute toward the upkeep of our garden in our front courtyard for a month (or more) in honor or in memory of those dear to them.  For details, please contact our administrator, Shany, at 053-6499584 or


Meetings by Rabbi Ada with Guests from Israel and Abroad
This Past Week:



On Monday afternoon, February 5, Rabbi Ada met at Har-El with a group of 30 young Israelis participating in the Kol Ami pre-IDF preparation program of the Jewish Agency for a conversation about the Reform Movement. 




Later that evening, she met with a delegation of Reform and Conservative rabbis from Germany.


Below is from a post on Facebook following the visit by Abraham Geiger College, the Reform movement's seminary in Germany: 


"Har-El has always been a warm and welcoming congregation to all comers" says Rabbi Ada Zavidov. Established in 1958, Kehilat Har-El is the founding congregation of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism. Today, a group of progressive German rabbis, among them our rector Rabbi Walter Homolka, met with Rabbi Ada to learn about the first sixty years of this vibrant congregation and about their plans for the future.
!"מזל וברכה


The Israeli Reform Movement's Weekly Update In Hebrew :

To read our movement's weekly update (in Hebrew) on "The Expulsion of Asylum Seekers, Family Day, and Preparing for Purim",  please click here. 




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When Adar Enters,
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Chairman - Zvi Giladi

Rabbi - Ada Zavidov

Cantor - Evan Cohen
Administrator - Shany Shlomo

Kehilat Har-El
16 Shmuel Hanagid Street
Jerusalem 9459216 
Tel: +972-2-625-3841


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