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Shavuot &
Shabbat Parashat Naso
6-7 Sivan 5780
May 28-30, 2020


Friday Evening – 6 PM   Saturday Morning – 9:30 AM


Shavuot – Study and Evening/Morning Services Held at Har-El:

* All study sessions and services will also be livestreamed via our YouTube channel!  ( please click here for the link).


Shavuot Evening, Thursday, May 28:

Pre-Festival Study session with Rabbi Ada at 5 PM, on:
When Will the Messiah Come?  On the Messiah and Messianism in Rabbinic Literature.”


Shavuot Evening Service at 6 PM


Study Session in English with Har-El member Rabbi Helen Bar-Yaacov at 7 PM, on:
“Herod the Great – the Great What?”


Light refreshments will be served following Ministry of Health guidelines.


Shavuot Morning,  Friday, May 29:

Shavuot morning services at 9:30 AM, including yizkor.


Shabbat Services Parashat Naso, May 29-30:
Friday evening, May 29 at 6 PM


Saturday morning, May 30 at 9:30 AM.

During the service we will mark the 25th wedding anniversary of Har-El members Carmit and Joe Federman.  Mazal tov!


Important – “Purple Badge” Guidelines for Services in the Synagogue:

Please note: the return to the synagogue is dependent on following the guidelines of the “Purple Badge” (Tav Sagol).  Therefore, please read and be sure to follow all the instructions listed below for the sake of our health:

Only members of the congregation without a fever, not in quarantine, or not in proximity with a person in quarantine or ill with COVID-19 can enter the synagogue.


Sidurim, kipot, and talitot will not be handed out.  Please bring your own siddur, kipah, and tallit from home.


Bottled water will not be placed at the entrance.  Please bring your own personal water bottle.


All those entering Har-El are requested to wash their hands with soap and water before entering the sanctuary and to refrain from shaking hands or other physical contact. Likewise, we recommend bringing a bottle of alcohol gel for your personal use.


One should arrive wearing a protective mask, and to wear it at all times, including during the service.


The gate to the synagogue will be closed a half hour after the beginning of the service in order to prevent the entry of “walk-ins” and unknown guests.  Apart from members of the congregation, entrance will not be permitted for non-members or groups.  At the end of each service, a picture will be taken in the sanctuary with all those present.


In order to ease our preparations as we return to routine, we ask that all those who plan on attending services for Shavuot and/or Shabbat to please send a Whatsapp to Cantor Evan by Thursday afternoon at 054-4742314 to confirm your attendance.


You can also receive from Cantor Evan the code for the synagogue gate (in case you are running late), as well as letting him know if you don’t have your own copy of the prayerbook.


Rabbi Ada’s Classes Will Continue to Be Held on Zoom and YouTube:

Since current guidelines do not permit people to crowd together in one room, i.e. we cannot meet in Rabbi Ada’s study, Rabbi Ada will continue to teach from her home and members can choose to participate either through our YouTube channel or via Zoom.


Class on Parashat B'ha'alotcha: Monday, June 1 at 5 PM.

For the Zoom link, please click here .


Class on the Prophet Jeremiah: Wednesday, June 3 at 11 AM.
For the Zoom link, please click here .


Baruch Dayan Ha'emet – Rivka Ridner z"l:

We share in the sadness of Har-El member Felicia Bortnik on the death of her mother Rivka Ridner z"l, and send our condolences to Felicia, her husband Leon, and to the whole family.  Rivka's funeral was held in Modi'in on May 21.  May her memory be a blessing!


From Last Shabbat and the Past Week:


Webinar in Honor of Yom Yerushalayim:

At the initiative of Rabbi Josh Weinberg, executive director of ARZA (the Zionist arm of the North American Reform Movement), a zoom webinar was held to mark Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), with the participation of representatives of the Reform congregations in Jerusalem and the Hebrew Union College.  Please click here to view the participation of Rabbi Ada and Cantor Evan during the event, where they presented "Or Virushalayim" (Light and Jerusalem) by the poet Yosef Sarig z"l.


Sermon for Parashat “B'midbar” by Rabbi Ada:

Friday evening, May 25 – please click here.


Classes by Rabbi Ada:

For Rabbi Ada’s parashat hashavua class (Naso), held on May 25, please click here .


In the above photo courtesy of Har-El vice chairman Yaacov Nof, we can see (what perhaps may be) the biblical tachash which we read of in Numbers 4:5-6: "…They shall take down the screening curtain and cover the Ark of the Pact with it. They shall lay a covering of tachash skin over it…"


For Rabbi Ada’s class on the prophet Jeremiah (focusing on the prophet's personal life in chapter 16, and the heavy personal price paid by prophets) held on Wednesday, May 27, please click here


Chag Shavuot Sameach,
Shabbat Shalom,
and Wishes of Good Health for Us All!

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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