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Archive for October, 2012

Laying a stone for the Netzarim Shul in Ariel

Although we created this website to highlight what’s going on in Ohel Efraim, we took part in an event over Chol Hamoed Succot that we just have to share.  The community of Netzarim from Gush Katif has been living in Ariel since 2005.   They originally settled in the Ariel University dorms and eventually moved into a temporary caravan site near the college.   That has been the status quo since 2005.

The Netzarim community has added a new element to religious life in Ariel which complemented some of the more veteran communities including Ohel Efraim and Shvut Ariel.  They brought a Yeshivat Hesder to Ariel and have a wide variety of social and religious activities.   Kehillat Ohel Efraim and Kehillat Netzarim have been partners in learning initiatives in the city.

Rav Hillel lays a stone for the new Netzer Ariel Shul

We were happy to take part in the stone laying for the new Netzarim Shul in Ariel, in the neighborhood planned to finally give this community a permanent home.  The community was touched by the busloads of Mizrachi Olami members who came to join in the simcha!   We hope that the growth of the religious communities in Ariel grows for years to come.

Open Succa!

Welcome to our Succa!

On the holiday of Succot we live for seven days outside in a temporary structure.  Succot are naturally open, you can often hear your neighbor’s zemirot or get a visit from the local wildlife.  Succot lend themselves to guests.  This fits nicely with a theme represented by the four species that all elements of Am Yisrael are bound together on Succot.

Happy to be in the Succa!

Our Succa this year was blessed to have two gatherings grace its walls.  On Friday night Shabbat Chol Hamoed Succot we invited the whole community for singing, Divrei Torah and snacks.  I taught a special song “Om Ani Choma אום אני חומה” that I learned from Rav Amital Z”L from my days at Yeshivat Har Etzion.

Come and have a bite!

On Shabbat afternoon Yael organized the first ever Ohel Efraim Succa Hop!  We visited the Kessin, Maizels and Buchbut Succa, had snacks, sang songs and told stories – but this time for the under seven crowd!

Ed:  All pictures were not taken on Shabbat or Chag!