Congratulations to Benjie Gruber on his ordination.
Congratulations to Debby Greenberg on the birth of her son.
The last three meetings focused on "Educational programs and rituals
for bar/bat mitzvah." In these sessions, fellows presented the
programs in their communities and the conceptual views underlying
them. The next series of meetings will deal with the topic of the
'High Holidays,' and will also include three sessions, in which we
will address different topics dealing with this period. Prior to
immersing ourselves in the material, however, we paused to devote the
March session to the topic of the African refugees now in Israel. We
met with the head of the refugees' organization in Tel Aviv and
visited two shelters in South Tel Aviv.
Fellows Ayala Miron, Itamar Lapid, and Uri Ayalon, together with
program director David Lazar, flew last February to the third
convention of the Synagogue 3000 working group, this time in Boulder,
Colorado, on the topic of behavioral patterns, volunteer development,
and community structure, both in the U.S. and in Israel. They also
took advantage of the trip to hold a two-day meeting in Boston with
RIKMA fellows currently in the United States: Claudia Kreiman,
Yonatan Rudnick, Chen Tzafoni, and Golan Ben-Horin.