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Shabbat Mevarchin
Parashat “B’midbar”
29 Iyar 5780
May 22-23, 2020


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

Parashat Hashavua: Numbers 1:1-4:20
Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22


Returning to Our Synagogue Beginning This Weekend!

We are happy to announce that following the permission granted by the Ministry of Health, we will return to praying at our synagogue.  This Friday and Saturday, Shabbat parashat “B’midbar”, May 22-23, services will be held at Har-El at 6 PM on Friday evening and Saturday morning at 9:30 AM.  Services will also be livestreamed to our congregation’s YouTube channel for the benefit of those remaining in their homes.  For the link, please click here


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 at 6:15 PM on Friday evenings and at 9:45 AM on Saturday mornings in order to prevent the entry of “walk-ins” and unknown guests.  Apart from members of the congregation, entry will be permitted only for those who inform us in advance.  At the end of each service, a picture will be taken in the sanctuary with all those present.


In order to ease our preparations for the return to the synagogue, we ask that all those who plan on attending services this weekend: Friday evening, Saturday morning, or both, to please send Whatsapp to Cantor Evan and confirm your attendance at 054-4742314.


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.


If there is a need, Har-El’s administrator Shany will be available by phone during service times at 053-649-9584.


Wishing all of us blessings on the return to the synagogue, and with wishes of good health and our thanks for your cooperation,


Har-El chairman Zvi Giladi and Rabbi Ada


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 Naso: Monday, May 25 at 5 PM.

For the Zoom link, please click here .


Class on the Prophet Jeremiah: Wednesday, May 27 at 11 AM.
For the Zoom link, please click here .


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

* All study sessions and services will be livestreamed via our YouTube channel.


Thursday, May 28:

Pre-Festival Study session with Rabbi Ada at 5 PM

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 the guidlines of the Ministry of Health.


Friday, May 29:

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


From Last Shabbat and the Past Week:


Sermons for Parashot “B’har-B’chukotai”:


Friday evening, May 15: sermon in English and an update on the situation in the States by overseas member Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman from New York (pictured above in the bottom row, middle square)– please click here .

Thank you to Har-El chairman Zvi Giladi, and to Har-El members Inbar Erlich and rabbinic student Miriam Klimova for their participation in the service.


Saturday morning, May 16 by Rabbi Ada – please click here .




To watch Rabbi Ada’s parashat hashavua class (B’midbar), held on May 18, please click here


To watch Rabbi Ada’s class on the prophet Jeremiah (focusing on mishnayot from tractate Ta’anit, and Jeremiah chapter 15) held on Wednesday, May 20, please click here.


Shabbat Shalom,
Chodesh Tov,
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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