Post 409 – Meir Kay threw a Super bowl Party for the homeless in NYC- Visit to PICO-PICO – People – Ideas – Community – Opportunities- Social Media Workshop -Starting this week, Jerusalemites will finally be able to reach Ben Gurion Airport with just one bus- Senior Opportunities in Ramot- Tour of the Negev on February 27th

This blog features many volunteer social opportunities.

Meir Kay threw a Super bowl Party for the homeless in NYC. Watch the video-he is as happy as his guests.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HCXzyyLCsc

PICO – People – Ideas – Community – Opportunities.
Contact Us – 02-5695166
Email: info@picojerusalem.com
Address: Poale Tzedek 2, 4th floor (corner of Pierre Koenig), Talpiot, Jerusalem

Friday mornings 8:30-11:30AM (NIS 100 one, NIS 175 two, NIS 250 all) 

February 17 Breakthrough with Art  Esther Abergel

March 3 Clear Decision Making  Catalina Dash

  • Please share with the women in your life.

    AND THERE’S MORE…

     
  • IsraelB’s Benjy Singer, Avi Aberlow, Daniel Cohen, Laura Ben David, Ahron Glazer, Elissa Krycer & Hadassah Levy will share how they build community using social media.
    Sunday, February 19, 19:45-21:30. Free program

Starting this  week, Jerusalemites will finally be able to reach Ben Gurion Airport with just one bus.

Currently, the only bus solution between the capital and Israel’s main airport is taking the 947 bus to a nearby intersection, and then transferring to another line.  Now, the Afikim Bus Company will begin offering a 24-hour service directly to the airport with its new 485 line.

The new line will start at Eliezer Kaplan Street, near Knesset and the Rose Garden, and stop at the Central Bus Station and a few other spots before heading Ben Gurion’s departures terminal. In the opposite direction, the bus will start at the airport’s arrivals gate.

Tickets will cost NIS 16, and the buses will have wireless Internet. Seats on the bus can be ordered in advance on the Afikim website.

If you seek classes: To all Youngsters of the Golden Age

Join a pensioners kolel ‘Ahavei Torah’naomi@ezratavot.org offered by Ezrat Avot at the new
Seniors Health and Life Enrichment Center.
The location is in the Center’s Synagogue – 15A Kisufim – Ramot
From 9.30 – 13.00 – Lunch is provided –

Classes are in Hebrew for Gemara, Parsha haShavuah and more.

We’ll be happy to welcome you into the Ezrat Avot family.

For more details contact Rabbi Badichi at 052 761 8205

Let us know if lectures in English also interest you.

You can call our office at 02 582 5107 and tell the receptionist

you would be interested in English programs.

We’ll announce on ‘OnlyRamot' when English classes are available or leave your own email for this notification.

Tour of the Negev:

ITINERARY:

From Jerusalem via the “Land of Samson” and the “Land of David and Goliath”

Visit a recently excavated Roman amphitheater in Bet Guvrin

Travel through the northern Negev desert with its magnificent, short lived, early spring blooms

Visit the Hesder Yeshiva in Yerucham

We shall be their guests for lunch and learn about the revolutionary work they are doing in this frontier town.

We are expected to offer a donation for our host yeshiva and their holy work.

Visit the “Great Crater” (Machtesh Hagadol) and the unique colored sands attraction.

On the return to Jerusalem we will visit “Tel Lachish” of British museum of history fame.
This ancient archaeological site is where Sancherev, king of Assyria, besieged and conquered this Jewish fortress city 2,800 years ago.

Return to Jerusalem at 6:00 pm.

Please reserve your seats early.

Please contact me via e mail or phone:
Phone is 0522 352 724
Email: shalompollack613@gmail.com mailto:shalompollack613@gmail.com

Post 408: Torah Ethics vs IDF War Ethics, Letter from Mircaz Ha”Ir Councilman Ofir Lang -5 INGREDIENT VEGAN GLUTEN FREE COOKIES-Betuach Leumi – Know Your Rights (And Don’t Miss Out On Your Government Benefits) Wednesday February 22, 19:00 at the AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot. Cost: NIS 25/ 15 AACI members, free for Olim within the first 6 months of Aliya -Join the Gala Musical Evening at Kehillat Yedidya!

 

Today brings rain, sunshine and many prospects; Event tonight requires reservation. Representative Lang has described many upgrades in the community, (see below)  concerning restoring playgrounds and police enforcement. These are always popular community issues. Kol Ha Kavod to Dr. Lang. If you are pleased with the changes, contact the Councilman with a “Todah”.

35 memorial

Memorial For The Lamed Heh (35) Fallen Palmach Fighters

Memorial Evening for the Lamed Heh – 35 Palmach fighters HY”D who were murdered resupplying the Etzion settlements in 1948

Tonight  MONDAY, Feb 13,

7:30 PM Wine and Cheese
7:45 PM shiur

Torah Ethics vs IDF War Ethics

Are Our Soldiers Dying Needlessly?

HAGANA MEMBERS TRAINING 1

Pre-State Palmach Fighters, the Elite Unit Of The Hagana

English shiur

given by Menachem Gottlieb

with Torah source sheets

for men and women, Free event

At the apt of Avraham and Tamara Sheinman,
8 Yonatan Ben Uziel, Apt 3,
Givat Shaul, Jerusalem
(Corner of Najara St. and Yonatan ben Uziel St.)
See map here

Limited space – please RSVP by replying by email

For further info: 02-6535802, 053-270-0529

See video of the Lamed Heh here
Read their story here

From Offir Lang:

Dear Residents,

I would like to update you on a number of issues relating to the neighborhoods of the city center; (the letter has been edited).

Summary of the Discussion and Planning and Zoning regarding, Mahane Yehuda Market

On behalf of the Community Council, I would like to thank all the residents and merchants who came to the last meeting. A series of objections against the plan were introduced, mainly related to anticipated traffic congestion, to the  endangerment and damage to century-old buildings. Many residents joined this opposition, namely, representatives of traders and other entities that together presented objections to the program which they claimed would affect the complex market environment.

In my opinion, (Offir Lang) it will not be possible to implement the program at least not in its current form. I will continue to update when decisions will be made on the subject.

Upgrading football Street Shirizali

We are pleased to announce that this week a football field upgrade on Shirizali street for the welfare of residents and youth in the neighborhood will open. The project was part of  work programs of our Community Administration Carmei Ha”Ir in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality Sports Department. The renovation was carried out after months in which we’ve put pressure on the municipality  to transfer funds to upgrade the facility. As part of the renovation, the facilities are refreshed, replacing the grass and hedge. The field will be providing recreational and welfare  opportunities for the residents of the neighborhood, Hours of operation and maintenance of the place will continue to be under  Lev Ha’ir Community Administration. Residents are invited to contact us at any time about other upgrades to facilities in the neighborhood.

Parking and Enforcement

In the past year, we advanced a new parking arrangement in the heart of the city.

Planned is the opening of parking garages at a nominal price in the evening for visitors to the area and regulating loading and unloading. To effectively implement these agreements and to provide a solution to the parking problem for residents living in the area, we have promoted broad enforcement during the evening and night in the streets where the signs indicate residents only parking areas. There is a  rising demand for parking  and it should be a municipal policy to create the right balance.

Municipal inspectors began last January to strengthen  enforcement in  resident only parking areas in the evening and overnight. This effort has been strengthened. Also expected to take place are efforts to promote solutions to alleviate the shortage of parking in the area.

Community Mediation Services Administration Centrum

Annoying neighbor? Local business oppressive and harmful? Lev Ha’ir Community Administration in cooperation with Mosaica Alternative Dispute Resolution, invite the residents of the city center and business owners use community mediation services to resolve interpersonal issues and those related to the fabric of urban life. The mediation process will take place discreetly to an experienced negotiator accompanied by a supportive community to achieve voluntary agreements between the parties. For further information, please contact the Secretariat of Community Administration Centrum Turn: 02-6214770 or email: Levhair@matnasim.org.il

Police enforcement

A reminder – following conclusion of the meeting we held with police commanders heart of the capital. Please contact the station staff at any time, with your question, to report hazards or suspected criminal activity in the area:

* Diarist station – 02-5391550

* NCO Nahlaot City Center, Mishkenot nation (Suad Mohammed) – 050-5063740

* NCO market point (Lazarus welcome) – 050-4811280

– Handling complex matters can even determine with the officers sitting at the station by prior arrangement. At the same time, community administration staff Lev is available with the help, support and treatment of problems and nuisances.

An absorption center for new immigrants

Recently opened at the community center focus of absorbing new immigrants.

The center will provide information, guidance and support of integration of immigrants in the neighborhood, coordination and development of relations between the various organizations providing services to immigrants in the region, initiate the development and operation of neighborhood programs for new immigrants. If you wish to take part in the project integrating immigrants flood the neighborhood or topic / issue related to the topic, please contact Ms. Rachel Duchin, a community worker on the Integration of immigrants Administration – Email: Klita@levhair.matnasim.co.il

– You are invited to read about the various activities and initiatives of the administration of the local newspaper “new heart of the city”.

We are at your disposal on every issue, Dr. Ofir Lang

Community Authority Chairman Lev Ha”Ir

Police activity in the capital to strengthen security attention and eradication of nuisance to the neighborhood in the heart of the city

We would like to update that recently came into office a new community NCO (Nahlaot City Center), Sergeant Major Suad Mohammed

Reception hours (by appointment);
Monday – 11: 00-14: 00

Wednesday – 15: 00-18: 00

Also, you can contact them directly at any time to any report on hazards, suspected offenses, etc.
Phone 0505063740 .


5 INGREDIENT VEGAN GLUTEN FREE COOKIES

Minimalist baker

Simple, 5 ingredient V + GF cookies that are healthy, simple and delicious.

Author: Minimalist Baker

Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free

Serves: 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dates, tightly packed, (soaked for 10 minutes in warm water and then drained)

  • 1 medium ripe banana + 1/2 cup condensed soy milk

  • 2 Tbsp all natural, salted almond butter or peanut butter

  • 3/4 cup almond meal (ground from raw almonds)

  • 3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats

  • Optional add-ins: dried fruit, dairy-free chocolate chips, flaxseed, seeds, nuts

Instructions

  1. Add dates to a food processor and pulse until small bits remain.

  2. Add banana and almond butter and mix again until combined, scraping down the sides as needed.

  3. Next add the almond meal and rolled oats and pulse until a loose dough is formed. It will be kind of wet and sticky. That’s OK! You’re on the right track.

  4. Scrape your dough into a mixing bowl. If it feels too wet to the touch to form into cookies, add another few Tbsp of almond meal and/or oats and stir. I added another few tablespoons of each until I was able to form them into cookies without them sticking to my hands.

  5. At this point, you can add in 1/4 cup of your mix-in of choice, such as dairy-free dark chocolate chips, raisins or nuts. Then chill dough for 10 minutes and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  6. Scoop out 1 Tbsp amounts of your cookie dough and form into loose discs, then arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet. They won’t expand so pack them closer together (but not touching).

  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and somewhat firm to the touch. The good thing about these cookies is a little under-baked is OK since there’s no eggs and they’ll ultimately just be a little more moist.

  8. Remove and let set for a few minutes on the pan, then carefully transfer to a plate or cooling rack to cool. Serve immediately.

  9. Store leftovers in an airtight container for several days. Move to the fridge or freezer for longer term storage.

    Betuach Leumi – Know Your Rights (And Don’t Miss Out On Your Government Benefits)

    Wednesday February 22, 19:00 at the AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot.

    Cost: NIS 25/ 15 AACI members, free for Olim within the first 6 months of Aliya

    It is all too common that olim have rights from the government that they aren’t fully aware of. If you want to clear up the confusion about the benefits that you qualify for from Bituach Leumi regarding unemployment, maternity leave, army reserve duty, and more, then join attorneys Ariel Novick and Tzvika Graiver “The Oleh Advocates” for this workshop. They will help you to avoid any trouble with Bituach Leumi by understanding your responsibilities, and give support.

    Presenters: “The Oleh Advocates” Ariel Novick Adv. and Tzvika Graiver. Ariel is a Jerusalem lawyer specializing in supporting olim through employment law, property and corporate law. Tzvika is the co-founder of the KeepOlim non profit, and runs their “Legal Consulting Program” for Olim in their first year in Israel. He is also a legal practitioner practicing law in Tel Aviv, who has a passion for litigation and specializes in corporate, property, defamation, and transportation law.

    Call AACI to register- 02-566-1181

    Join the Gala Musical Evening at Kehillat Yedidya!

    Featuring — a concert orchestra, soloists, a barbershop group and singers performing jazz, modern, classical, and Israeli music. Performers will be thirty talented Yedidya members.
    When: Saturday evening, February 25, 2017
    Where: Kehillat Yedidya, 12 Nahum Lipshitz St, Baka
    Time: 20:30
    Cost: Free Admission with a suggested donation of 40 shekels, less for children under 16. Proceeds to go to charity
    For more information call: 052-695-4676

    הצטרפו אלנו לערב גאלה מוסיקלי בקהילת ידידיה!
    בתוכנית: תזמורת, סולנים, קבוצת “ברברשופ” בביצוע שירי ג’אז, מודרני, קלאסי ומוסיקה ישראלית. בהשתתפות 30 כישרונות מבין חברי ידידיה.
    מתי: 25 פברואר, 2017
    איפה: קהילת ידידיה, רח’ נחום ליפשיץ 12, (בקעה), בשעה 20:30

    דמי כניסה מומלצים: 40 ₪ למבוגר או כמה שנראה לכם עבור ילדים מתחת לגיל 16. ההכנסות קודש לצדקה

Post 407: Tu B’Shvat Seder on Har Hazeitimn – Tonight: Thursday evening, 8:00 pm at Mizmor L’ David Screening of film Tunnel of Hope with words by Michael Kagan co-producer and son of the subject of the film. Watch the trailer at: http://www.go2films.com/New-Releases/Tunnel-of-Hope recipe for pineapple cheese cake – broccoli/pea soup and broccoli soup

Did Tu B’Shvat sneak up on you? It did for me.

Including a chilled cheesecake.

Tu B’Shvat Seder on Har Hazeitimn

DATE: Thursday, Sept. 9, 2017
TIME: 8 pm
PLACE: Seven Arches Hotel, Har Hazeitim
Program:
* Songs of Eretz Yisrael with Chanan Yuval
* Seder Tu B’Svat with Rav Micky Yuspi
* Special childrens activities 
Cost: Adult 30 NIS
Children 15 NIS
Free parking
For details and tickets  www.hazeitim.co.il
052-319-1902  
Chag Sameach! 

Sorry: Just got the directions today:

Tonight: Thursday evening, 8:00 pm at Mizmor L’ David

Screening of film Tunnel of Hope with words by Michael Kagan co-producer and son of the subject of the film.

Watch the trailer at:

http://www.go2films.com/New-Releases/Tunnel-of-Hope

suggested donation: 25 nis

Directions:

Number 7 bus (towards Ramat Rachel) to Ein Guedi stop. Walk down Ein Guedi to Efrata St. turn right, continue to end of street. Payis building is kitty corner.

Or. 74\75\71\72 buses to Tzomet HaBankim stop. Walk up Ein Guedi St., first left is Walter Abeles continue with street curving right, building on left side of street.


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Ingredients: Pineapple dessert

Crust:

2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup butter*or oil

Filling:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened or soft tofu

1/2 cup butter, room temperature*

2 cups powdered sugar

1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping (COOL WHIP), thawed

1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained well

Pineapple Dream Dessert

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Pineapple Dream Dessert

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Crush your graham crackers.or other cookie crumbs.
  3. Also, drain crushed pineapple.
  4. Melt 1/2 cup (1 stick butter), or oil in the microwave in a medium, microwave-safe bowl.
  5. Add 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs to the melted butter and stir until combined.
  6. Measure out 2 CUPS of the crumb mixture and press it firmly into the bottom of an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 square baking dish.
  7. Bake crumb mixture for about 8-10 minutes and then allow to cool completely.
  8. You’ll have some crumb mixture left over. Just hang onto it because you’ll need it for the topping.
  9. In a stand mixer (or using an electric mixer), beat the cream cheese and butter and oil or half oil half tofu together until creamy.
  10. If using a stand mixer, turn it down to low and add the powdered sugar slowly until it is all incorporated and smooth.
  11. Now add in a heaping tablespoon of the drained pineapple and give it a good stir.
  12. Next, spread the cream cheese mixture over the baked and cooled graham cracker crust.
  13. In a separate bowl, combine the whipped topping with the remaining drained crushed pineapple.
  14. Stir well. It will get thick and clumpy.
  15. Spread whipped topping mixture over the cream cheese layer. I just drop it by the blob-full all over and then gently spread it using the back of my spoon.
  16. Now, sprinkle the rest of the graham cracker crumb mixture on the top.
  17. Cover the whole dish with plastic wrap.
  18. Then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
 
*You can use salted or unsalted butter, whatever you have. Just make sure that it is butter and not margarine.
 Directions:
Preheat oven to 300F. Crush your graham crackers. I just throw them in a Ziploc bag and pound the heck out of them. You can also just buy graham cracker crumbs too. Whatever works for you. I just happened to have these graham crackers for s’mores.
Also, at this point, go ahead and get your pineapple drained. I just throw it in a strainer and let it drain while I get to work on everything else.
 Melt 1/2 cup (1 stick butter) in the microwave using a medium, microwave-safe bowl.
 Add 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs to the melted butter and stir until combined.
Measure out 2 CUPS of the crumb mixture and press it firmly into the bottom of an 8×8 or 9×9 square baking dish.
It helps to use the bottom of a flat measuring cup or glass to press the mixture down.
Bake crumb mixture for about 8-10 minutes and then allow to cool completely.
 You’ll have some crumb mixture left over. Just hang onto it because you’ll need it for the topping.
Measure 4 oz. softened cream cheese. Most cream cheese is sold in blocks of 8 ounces and have these handy dandy little markings on them to help you measure it out easily.
 Beat the cream cheese and butter together until creamy.
 It helps to use an electric mixer or a stand mixer for this.
If using a stand mixer, turn it down to low and add the powdered sugar slowly until it is all incorporated and smooth.
 Try to resist dipping your fingers in this amazingness. Ok, go on, dip your finger in, I won’t tell.
 Now add in a big ole heaping tablespoon of the drained pineapple and give it a good stir.
Next, spread the cream cheese mixture over the baked and cooled graham cracker crust.
In a separate bowl, combine the whipped topping with the remaining drained crushed pineapple.
Spread whipped topping mixture over the cream cheese layer. I just drop it by the blob-full all over and then gently spread it using the back of my spoon.
 Now, sprinkle the rest of the graham cracker crumb mixture on the top.
Cover with plastic wrap.
Then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. This is a great dessert to make the night before you actually need to serve it.
Also, at this point, go ahead and get your pineapple drained. I just throw it in a strainer and let it drain while I get to work on everything else

Broccoli – Pea Soup

INGREDIENTS:

Juice of 1 lemon

1 head of broccoli

1/2 bag frozen peas (250g)

2 sticks of celery

Frozen spinach (100g)

200ml almond milk (make sure it’s unsweetened!)

450ml water

5 cloves of garlic

1 inch of fresh ginger

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes

1 teaspoon of brown miso paste

1 teaspoon of tamari

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

METHOD:

Start by peeling the ginger, then chop it finely and crush the garlic cloves. Add these to a large frying pan with generous drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.

Let this heat up and sauté for a few minutes before adding in the tamari, finely chopped celery, frozen spinach and broccoli. Stir this around for a minute before adding the water and frozen peas to the pan. Add a generous pinch of salt and let this heat up for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once everything has cooked pour the mixture into your blender with the lemon juice, chilli flakes, miso paste and almond milk. Blend it all together until it’s really smooth and creamy!

Ingredients second recipe-Broccoli Soup

  • 1 pound broccoli florets, stalks peeled; finely chopped.
  • 1 (8 ounces) onion, finely chopped.
  • 1 quart water or chicken broth.
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed.
  • 1 tablespoon butter.
  • 3 tablespoons flour.
  • 2 cups half and half or evaporated low fat or skimmed milk.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Post 406: The TRAIN % TRAMS CLUB of Israel-will have a meeting in the Educational complex of the WZO on Mt Herzl on 20th MARCH 2017 from 5 till 8 PM., Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt founder of Aish HaTorah in London will be giving a talk in Jerusalem on the topic of his new book ‘Why Bad Things Don’t Happen To Good People’. Special Introductory membership to American Style Sports Center & Pool in Jerusalem? Link: http://www.funinjerusalem.com/offer/cosellfij/, happenings at Emek Rafaaim Learning Center

The TRAINS & TRAMS CLUB of Israel-will have a meeting in the Educational complex of the WZO on Mt Herzl.

on 20th MARCH 2017 from 5 till 8 PM.

The agenda is: Introductions, A Dvar Torah by Steve, [Portable mega-structures of the ancient world], Les on the Train Museum in Haifa, Shlomit on Dr. T. Herzl’s Trains and Tram! , a meal,[halavi], Jeremy about the HaRakevet Magazine, Sybil with a PP presentation on the big screen about the Stations on the J&J line, an open discussion and a Memorabilia corner. For a full discussion of the Jaffa–Jerusalem railway (also J & J) see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa%E2%80%93Jerusalem_railway.

The J&J is a railway that connected Jaffa and Jerusalem. The line was built in the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem (Ottoman Palestine) by the French company Société du Chemin de Fer Ottoman de Jaffa à Jérusalem et Prolongements and inaugurated in 1892, after previous attempts by the British-Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore failed. While the first rail track in the Middle East was laid elsewhere, the line is considered to be the first Middle Eastern railway.

The line was originally built at 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)metre gauge, later rebuilt to 1,050 mm (3 ft 5 1132 in) and then to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge. The line was operated by the French, the Ottomans and after World War I, the British. After its closure in 1948, it was re-opened as the Tel Aviv – Jerusalem railway by Israel Railways.

 The last item will be news about the Tel Aviv to Shanghai trains.

The meal cost 30s,     Entrance only [with a hot/cold  drink] is 10 shkls.

A RSVP is essential……………to sattler31@gmail.com    by 15 March 2017

This is an English speaking club of train-ologists [and tram-ologists], that meets every 2 months and discuss/study

the latest news about Railways in Israel.

The meetings are always interesting and  productive.

more information is available from Steve    ……………..at ……sattler31@gmail.com

This meeting seems like loads of fun!

Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt founder of Aish HaTorah in London will be giving a
talk in Jerusalem on the topic of his new book ‘Why Bad Things Don’t Happen
To Good People’.
After the passing of his young wife, leaving him with four children under
the age of nine Rabbi Rosenblatt tell how he found the balance between his
overwhelming loss and his appreciation that G-d does everything for the
good.

Wednesday 8:15pm, Minhal Kehilati, 43 Katzenelenbogen, Har Nof.
1
5nis, 20nis per couple and separate seatin

Cosell

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By ISRAEL21c

Tu B’Shvat, which falls this year on February 11, is often called the
Jewish New Year for Trees because it’s when fruit blossoms start
appearing toward the end of the winter rains.

Since 1892, the holiday has been celebrated in Israel by planting
trees. In more recent years, Tu B’Shvat has morphed into a Jewish
Earth Day with its own Seder featuring Israeli wines and fruits.

If you can’t be in Israel for the holiday, you can download a KKL-JNF
Tu B’Shvat Seder Kit — in English, French, Spanish or Russian — by
clicking here. Or play a virtual tree-planting game online by clicking
here.

This vintage poster designed by Gila celebrates Tu B’Shvat. Photo
courtesy of KKL-JNF Archive

If you are in Israel that week, you have a choice of activities for
all ages geared to the theme of nature and ecology:

Tu B’Shvat Tree Nursery Celebrations will be held on February 6-8 at
Gilat Nursery in the Western Negev from 9-3 and Golani Nursery in the
Lower Galilee, 9:30-3 February 8-10. Learn about the lifecycle of a
seedling until it leaves the nursery for the forest. Register for
these free events at moked1@kkl.org.il or 1-800-350-550.

On February 8 and 9, the public is invited to participate in Tu
B’Shvat tree plantings at the Jerusalem’s Gazelle Valley Park between
2 and 4:30pm.

A Tu B’Shvat Seder in English and Hebrew will be held at Ginger
Vegetarian Community Center, 8 Balfour Street, Jerusalem, February 9
at 7pm. Participants will sample rare fruits and share tree-related
songs, poems and stories. Admission: ₪25; information: 02-566-5737.

On February 10, the public is invited to free KKL-JNF plantings in
Lavie Forest in the north from 9-3 and in central Israel’s Eshtaol
Forest from 9-2. Shuttles to Eshtaol will leave from the Armored
Forces Memorial parking lot near Latrun. Information: 1-800-350-550.

A Tu B’Shvat excursion is planned on February 10 for young
professionals ages 25-45 to Neot Kedumim Nature Reserve for a guided
tour and tree planting, ₪125 NIS. Bus departs 8am and returns 1pm at
the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem. Registration: 02-560-9100.

JNFuture Israel Tree Planting & Wine Drinking trip to Neot Kedumim and
Tzuba Estate Winery for 20s and 30s on February 10 departs by bus from
Tel Aviv at 7:45am and returns 2:30pm. Register here to find out bus
location. Free for JNFuture Israel Members; ₪30 for non-members.

Ramat Rachel Hotel, located at Jerusalem’s only kibbutz, will sponsor
a family celebration on February 10 and 17, 12:30 to 3: 30, including
plantings, making a family name sign, decorating a tree with Tu
B’Shvat wishes, story time, and baking bread in a taboon. Information
and registration: shivuk@krr.co.il

The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in Givat Ram is throwing a birthday
party for trees in the Experiential Garden for parents and children on
February 11 from 10 to 2. There will be surprises along the Children’s
Discovery Trail as well as special workshops, flower planting and
games. Two guides will help kids make Tu B’Shvat decorations from
natural materials found around the garden as well as a recycled
flowerpot to take home. Free with admission. Information: 02-679-4012.

Nature walks at Kibbutz Tzuba. Photo: courtesy

Kibbutz Tzuba and its Kiftzuba amusement park, Tzuba Winery, Tzuba
Hotel and Galita Chocolate Farm will be offering special Tu B’Shvat
tours and workshops on February 11. The hotel restaurant will serve a
special brunch including green shakshuka, green soup, green lasagna,
and so on. Information: 02-534-7000.

Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem is celebrating Tu B’Shvat from
February 11 through March 9 with special exhibitions, hands-on

workshops and presentations on the latest Israeli ag-tech, fruits and
flowers. Information: 02-654-4888.

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This Week @ the ELC

You can still join The Relationships Course in the middle!
Please note the men’s class has been changed to 8:30 pm
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Post 405: Gregory Locke: The New Yorker Who Documented Passengers’ Reaction to Nazi Symbols on Subway read more: http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.769666 -A worthwhile hardware item, a teflon doughnut shaped end of furniture wood floor protectors and how to remove heat spots from furniture-best one with a steam iron. Recipe for gluten free pancakess

I’m so proud of New Yorkers:
Gregory Locke  New Yorker Documents Passengers’ Reaction to Nazi Symbols on Subway
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.769666
As reported in February 5, 20017 (Gregory Locke) Haaretz

I got on the subway in Manhattan tonight and found a Swastika on every advertisement and every window. The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.

One guy got up and said, “Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.” He found some tissues and got to work.

I’ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.

Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017.

“I guess this is Trump’s America,” said one passenger. No sir, it’s not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.

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The above article came to my attention in Haaretz. I was moved to tears. What wonderful folks are New Yorkers. How strange that the new immigrant, and New Yorkers are basically immigrants, should rise to eclipse an awful sight. The photos are not to be dismissed. There will be very positives discussions in schools because everyone in that train will go home and speak with their family about what they experienced, and a sight that left them speechless.

And most likely, there were no Jews on the train. On my last subway ride on the F train, I     confess to being the only Jewish rider on the train. Maybe I am wrong, Jews come in all shapes and sizes. I was on the train once and an Israeli tourist sitting next to me was approached by a member of the John Birch Society. Whenever I heard Hebrew spoken on a New York City subway, I often offered the tourists help.

Maybe the riders only know Jews as professionals, teachers, lawyers, doctors, landlords, accountants, etc. and I  like to think that they have been treated in a caring way.

A Jew’s goal is to be no less a mensch in his professional role with one person or another, and of using his wealth and influence to help others.

I like to think that what comes around goes around. I hope that the person or persons who vandalized that train, will ultimately find destruction less tantalizing and thrilling. He will learn that the images were quickly erased. The act just seems so purposeless. As my mother ( Z’L) would say, “Can’t they find, better use of their time.” Sadly, it’s the work of a “Loser” someone who thinks of himself as unworthy. Undoubtedly, other such heinous acts will be performed to complete a profile of a malcontent. The formation of such a personality doesn’t happen over night. It developed over many years, step by step. Malicious words were heard and shared around the dining room table about Jew-this and Jew-that. The cruel parent will live to see  an even crueler child as an adult.

I don’t know the connection of the above to my next confession, except the following.

I appreciate a well turned screw. In a screw there is engineering, design, functionality. The wrong cheap screw in your plumbing will cause problems down the line. I am a hardware store browser, not the Home Depot box store browser. There your temples start to pound after passing rows upon rows of neatly packaged tightly hung always full wall holders, with holders and boxes for unnecessary gadgets.

No, the neighborhood hardware/paint store suits me just fine for basics, one or two screws or L brackets.

Don’t feel intimidated if you don’t know the difference between a Molly/anchor, hollow wall anchor and a Philipps screw.

You can look upon these metal inserters as  ligature, functioning to attach items to your wall the same way ligature works in your body.

Ligature is any material, such as a thread or wire, used in surgery to tie off blood vessels to prevent bleeding, or to treat abnormalities in other parts of the body by constricting the tissues;  Ligatures are used both inside and outside the body. If one must be left within the body after an operation, the type used will usually be of animal tissue or synthetic material that will dissolve or become incorporated in the patient’s own body tissue. 

Just remember, the chosen screw will either enhance or detract from it’s overall function. Since many of my dear readers are living outside of Israel, I invite you to a site set up by a Talpiot designer hardware shop, called 

http://www.pirzul.co.il/ If you have the chance, take either the 71,72,73 or 74 buses to Zomat Ha Bankim.

The stop is Derech Chevron corner Rechove Rivka.

Follow Rechove Rifka to Rechove Yad Charutzim 14. Store Name:

Mircaz HaYadite V’HaPrazel.If you go to their site you will receive a voucher for 10% of all purchases.

The “doughnut”  is a protector for floors. I came upon this by chance. I came into the store looking for a set of castors.

It appeared strange to me that a hardware store with hundreds of designer handles, didn’t have a selection of castors.

I showed the digitals of the bookcase that needs glide. I am tired of changing the felt protectors which have been the only option to protect wood floor.

The saleslady took the width measurements of the bookcase legs. She proclaimed, “The old hardware (100 years old, must be removed.)

The screw is embedded in the doughnut and attached to the bottom of the chair or furniture leg, my case two doughnuts for each leg that has a pre-existing hole.

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The gray surface is teflon. When the screw is correctly attached through the center, Viola, you have a glide.

Following are several methods to remove  heat spots from furniture. I only tried the medium iron method and aded a layer of paste wax. Surface looks great!

Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda, rub in. …

Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. …

Rub in Miracle Whip (Mayonnaise) and wipe off after an hour.Mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and rub into the watermark.

Try straight toothpaste (non-gel) or the following which REALLY works

  • The first thing I did was clean the surface and dry it well.

  • I took a clean, white cotton t-shirt that wasn’t too thick and placed it over the scorch marks.

  • Taking an iron set to medium heat, I placed it on top of the t shirt, directly over the stain. I let it sit for 15 seconds,

  • You may not have results. Sometimes you need to I kept reapplying the hot iron with no results, but once  the steam is turned the steam on–that’s when the magic happened. The marks literally disappeared. I couldn’t believe it and it defied logic to me–wouldn’t the steam cause more damage? All I know is that it worked. I was quick to wipe away any moisture and water on the surface after each treatment.

  • Added: A few of the comments below mentioned finishing things off by wiping in a bit of olive oil after successfully using this trick. Or wipe on some wax.

A few days later and the surface is still great. The cloudy discolorations haven’t returned. I keep running my hand across the top and I can’t feel any damage to the finish. I’m amazed at how easily this cleaned up–it’s a totally different piece of furniture now.

Caution: I have no idea if this damages the finish, I’m not an expert. It’s something I tried and worked very well in this case.

Added: Although many are finding this technique works on their furniture pieces, others say that this makes the problem worse (see the comments below). The reason for the discrepancy could be what the type of finish is…varnish or shellac. I believe my table in this project is varnish, but I haven’t tested it to confirm.

Added:

  1. Try a lower temperature and move the iron slowly around the area instead of letting it sit.
  2. Others report success with hot temp & no steam (thanks Flora Monroe!)
  3. and another suggestion to fix this with just a hot iron hovering over the spots (not laying one down on cloth–but hovering–thanks mark harris, Tom, myf, Roxanne, Diana and Melanie!)–I believe they all used steam for the hover technique.
  4. Also scroll down for Dan’s helpful tip using rubbing or polishing compound instead of the above technique if it’s too scary or aggressive for you.

*First published on a separate page and moved here for better organization

If the above steps above are a bit too aggressive for you, try one of the tips below…

  • Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda, rub in. Do not use gel toothpaste for this.
  • Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. Wipe off.
  • Rub in Miracle Whip (Mayonnaise) and wipe off after an hour.
  • Mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and rub into the watermark.- I also find this mixture helpful to clean heavy grime off a garage sale item.
  • Try straight toothpaste (non-gel). Rub in with the grain then wipe off.
  • Make a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water. Rub in then wipe off. You can also try salt instead of baking soda.
  • Rub some Vaseline (or other petroleum jelly) into the watermark and leave overnight. Wipe off in the morning.

Medium Iron. Thin Towel. Steam on. Stain gone in 15 seconds.

Gluten Free pancakes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Begin preheating a griddle to medium or medium-high heat (350 – 375°F).
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and oil.
  4. With a wire whisk, stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until smooth.
  5. Ladle approximately ⅓ cup pancake batter onto hot griddle. Flip when bubbly and edges are slightly dry, about 3 – 4 minutes per side. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

Please note: This recipe requires the use of our Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour. Using our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour may result in a poor end product.

 

Post 404: 10:00 – “Amona Shall NOT Fall again!” – March A Rally/Demonstration http://www.eish-l.org/s/3x88ug From the Rose Garden to the Prime Minister’s Office: “High Time for Sovereignty over All of Yo”Sha!” – Tour to Ramla Museum with Shalom Pollack including A boat ride in a ninth century majestic underground reservoir.

     TOMORROWMONDAY, January 30 / Shvat 3
10:00 – “Amona Shall NOT Fall again!” – March
A Rally/Demonstration http://www.eish-l.org/s/3x88ug
From the Rose Garden to the Prime Minister’s Office:
“High Time for Sovereignty over All of Yo”Sha!”
9,000 Homes Face Destruction! (H) http://www.eish-l.org/s/qubt9m

Shalom Pollack <shalompollack613@gmail.com> announces:

I am very excited to announce another unique tour in our beloved land.

Wednesday, February 1.

For reservations: shalompollack613@gmail.com

Visit an exciting  off the beaten track Bar Cochba archaeological site.
Visit the battlefield of David and Goliath.

We will visit Ramla including:

The interesting yet little known Ramla museum.

A boat ride in a ninth century majestic underground reservoir.

Meet with our heroic “Garin Torani” folks. They  are turning the tide in the battle for the Jewish soul of this town. in the face of the  continuing, aggressive  encroachment by the  Arab population.

Leave from the Inbal hotel at 9:00

Return between 5:00 – 6:00 to the Inbal

Cost: 170 shekels

Includes all entrance fees and transportation

Light walking only.

Bring lunch.

For reservations: shalompollack613@gmail.com

I may not be posting for several days.

Post 403: Aishe Ha Torah’s Women’s Program honoring the 8th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Noach Weinberg ZT”L Recharge your grimy garage furniture, finding a radio shelf in an old swing seat

I’d like to attend one or two of these programs. It is a must to register:

It all depends if the workers are out our apartment. We are till in the throws of renovation and next weeks painter, carpenter, plumber, electrician and cleanup., all sent by the  Kablan of my upstairs  neighbor.. May Hashem bless his soul.

The thread through this post is realizing that the old can be made new.

Recharge, unite, and empower at Aish HaTorah’s Yarchei Kallah. This February, men and women from across the globe are coming together to commemorate the 8th yahrtzeit of HaRav Noach Weinberg zt”l. Join us in Jerusalem for incredible learning with unbelievable teachers. HaRav Asher Weiss, HaRav Yaakov Hillel, HaRav Yitzchok Berkowitz, and many more will give over the wisdom of the Rosh Yeshiva zt”l. Many visitors from abroad are also attending. For more information or to sign up, go to www.aishjerusalem.com, email info@aishjerusalem.com, or call 718-513-7838 or +972-73-229-3400.

Held in the Old City at Aish Ha Torah Women’s Center-Feb 5th to Feb 9th

50 Sh for the morning 60 Sh includes lunch.

I am restoring a glass doored bookcase and looking for the easiest method for cleaning the oak back. Probably I will go with the first as I’ve seen it in several places on line method.

I found hardware store owners to be exceptionally knowledgable. Perhaps you are arranging the dreaded painter’s arrival. The hardware store on Rechove Yaako Mayer and  27 Rechove Malkei Ysroal in Meah Shaarim is a second generation operation. Elan’s back room is huge and a whole shelf is devoted to tapes including the  cloth backed wide black tape, used for binding books and the 3M masking tape for masking painted surfaces etc. The black tape is preferable for use with glass or any unpainted surface. It is expensive, however it can be cut into strips.20170127_104109.jpg

The following discussion is related to the bookcase that is being restored to be a room divider. I am becoming more comfortable using several Makita hand sanders. Have decided to just refinish the top of the bookcase and leave the painted finish as is.

Still the back oak panel will be cleaned by one of the methods below. If I get it started then the Kablan’s worker will continue. Trying the non -toxic method first. Following is the photo of the radio shelf to be. It was the practice piece that was used to get the feel of hand electric sanders.20170126_133313.jpg20170126_104613.jpg

Removing Dirt Build Up

*This method is only for wood furniture that is not painted as it will damage and/or remove the paint.

You Will Need:

  • Boiled linseed oil (do NOT use raw linseed oil)
  • Turpentine
  • White vinegar
  • Soft cloths
  • Old toothbrush
  • Drop cloth, cardboard or other ground covering
  • Rubber gloves
  • Small disposable container
  • Paint stir stick
  • Face mask (optional)
  • Paper towels
  • Vacuum with attachments

Steps to Remove the Dirt Build Up:

  1. Start by selecting a work area that is very well ventilated. Working outdoors is best as this solution produces a strong smell that you don’t want lingering in your home.
  2. Prepare the work area by covering the ground with a protective covering such as a drop cloth, large sheets of cardboard, etc. Gather rubber gloves and a mask for yourself.
  3. Bring the wooden piece outdoors and begin by wiping it down with the paper towels to remove as much of the grime as possible. After you have wiped it off, use the vacuum with the brush attachment to gently brush dirt from the crevices and corners.
  4. Next, mix together equal parts of the linseed oil, turpentine and white vinegar.
  5. Moisten the soft cloths lightly with the solution and gently wipe the dirt and grime off of the wood surface. As you are cleaning, wipe the liquid with the grain of the wood and take caution not to soak the wood.
  6. Continue cleaning with the cloths just until the dirt is gone, do not scrub too much or it may damage the finish.
  7. For corners, designs, etc., dip the old toothbrush into the solution and gently work it into the grooves. Follow the grain as much as possible just as before. Wipe away with a clean cloth.
  8. When no more dirt is showing on the cloths, discontinue any further applications. There is no need to rinse the wood.
  9. Allow the piece to dry completely.
  10. When the piece is completely dry, buff with a clean cloth to restore the shine.
  11. Dispose of any remaining cleaner as well as any cloths with cleaner on them using appropriate methods. They can automatically combust and start a fire, so be sure to dispose of them promptly and properly.

2-Removing Dirt Build Up Without Chemicals http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-remove-dirt-build-up-from-wooden-furniture/

You Will Need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Soft cloths
  • Old toothbrush
  • Drop cloth, cardboard or other ground covering
  • Rubber gloves (optional)
  • Small container
  • Paper towels
  • Vacuum with attachments

Steps to Remove the Dirt Build Up:

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    Start by selecting a work area that has plenty of room to easily maneuver around your piece. Working outdoors or in the garage is often best.

  2. Prepare the work area by covering the ground with a protective covering such as a drop cloth, large sheets of cardboard, etc.

  3. Bring the wooden piece outdoors and begin by wiping the entire piece down with the paper cloths to remove as much of the grime as possible. After you have wiped it off, use the vacuum with the brush attachment to gently brush dirt from the crevices and corners.

  4. Next, mix together two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice.

  5. Moisten the soft cloths lightly with the solution and gently wipe the dirt and grime off of the wood surface. As you are cleaning, wipe the liquid with the grain of the wood and take caution not to soak the wood.

  6. Continue cleaning with the cloths just until the dirt is gone, do not scrub too much or it may damage the finish.

  7. For corners, designs, etc., dip the old toothbrush into the solution and gently work it into the grooves. Follow the grain as much as possible just as before. Wipe away with a clean cloth

  8. Clear Finishes: Mix up equal parts of paint thinner and a mild soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap, and apply with a sponge or paintbrush. Wipe the solution away with a rag to clear the dirt; you’ll likely remove a thin layer of varnish or shellac, too, because the grime has melded with it.

  9. Or

    0000 steel wool with mineral spirits. It takes off dirt and wax build up. Sometimes you don’t even have to re stain the wood just use wax or whatever you want to seal it.

    · Cleaner #3. This is similar to cleaner #1. It can be used on fine antiques, finishes which have been damaged by water, and extremely grimy finishes. Materials Needed. Small flat can or jar Boiled linseed oil Gum turpentine White vinegar 0000 steel wool Soft, clean cloths Making the Cleaner. Mix equal parts of boiled linseed oil, gum turpentine, and white vinegar in the can or jar. This cleaner cannot be stored for later use because it will curdle.

    Dip a piece of 0000 steel wool into the mixture. Gently rub the piece, rubbing with the grain of the wood. Clean a small area at a time. Remove all traces of the mixture with a soft clean cloth. Continue cleaning small areas until the~ entire piece of furniture is covered. Throw away the mixture and the cloths when you finish. Waxing. After cleaning, let the furniture dry completely. Then use a good furniture wax, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, to restore the shine.

    20170121_190301.jpgI’ve forgotten what our floor looks like. It has been under brown paper for about 3 weeks.  I’ve learned how to use an orbital and vibrating  sander. Above top of bookcase before using power tools, just sandpaper.

Post 402: Trip Today – Rain or Shine- call some seats available

This is going to be  a fantastic tour- love a down pour.-

Sign up now for January Excursions!
The Israel Land Fund in association with U’faratzta Tours is pleased to present:
Arieh King’s Jerusalem and its environs

Arieh King, dynamic and charismatic Jerusalem City Councilman and founder/director of the Israel Land Fund invites all those concerned about Jerusalem’s security and welfare to embark upon a new educational experience.

When:  Thursday, January 26
Time:   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Depart from : Inbal Hotel

Itinerary:
Bet Lev at Maale Hazeitim.

Nof Tzion:  Arieh will give an explanation of the project and the current struggle to keep it Jewish.
Government House – Illegally occupied by the UN. We will present a declaration on behalf of Israelis and Jews all over the world, demanding that the UN evacuate the complex and return it to its rightful owners, Am Yisrael.

Gush Etzion: Beit Bracha  – one of the largest expansions of the Gush Etzion community in recent memory.

Oz V’Gaon: – Visit with the incomparable Nadia Matar of Women in Green to hear the history and anticipated future of the project in memory of three victims of terror, Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha’ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19), HY”D.

Lunch, Mincha
North to learn of the Israel Land Fund’s efforts to bring Jews back to Beit Hanina.
Abondoned Atarot International Airport

 

Shalom! We look forward to a memorable day with you tomorrow as we travel throughout our iconic city with Arieh King. Here are a few last minute reminders for your comfort and that of your fellow registrants.

 
We will depart via bus from the Inbal Hotel at 10:00 am sharp. Please arrive 20 minutes before that time. A white bus will be waiting for us (B”H) to the right of the hotel as you face the hotel entrance from outside. Our day will end at the Inbal Hotel by approximately 4:30 pm.
 
Please have the exact amount (if possible) of 165 NIS per seat.
What to bring/wear?
Lunch/snacks/water. An Israeli flag. Tissues are often helpful when traveling around Israel for bathrooms that might not have. An extra layer is always a good idea for Gush Etzion which tends to be colder than Jerusalem. Good walking shoes.
 

Note: Departure and arrival times are approximate and depend upon several factors including traffic; itinerary, guide and speakers subject to adjustment without prior notice; your reservation was a firm commitment and canno longer be cancelled

; security will be provided. In case of dire need on Thursday morning: 054 460 3304.

 

Visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/233897663717896/
U’faratzta Tours:  Exploring & Celebrating the Kedusha of Eretz Israel with a network of all English speaking licensed Israeli guides.

Post 401: Requesting visitors to a Shiva House, אביגדור יעקוב רפאל בן ראד הלוי (Avidgor Yaakov Raphael Ben Rod Halevi) For more information, email to: sue.bernstein17@gmail.com and Prevention is the CURE an “incentivating” event sure to inspire & inform every woman of every age looking to optimize her and her family’s well being

A young man from Arizona tragically passed away this past Monday while visiting Israel. His family flew in from Arizona. They have no family here and would appreciate if anyone could visit them while they sit shiva.

They will be sitting Shiva at a rental at Rechov Eliyahu Salmon 9, in Nachlaot. They would really appreciate the presence of others to honor their son, Drew.

Please pray for him in his merit, אביגדור יעקוב רפאל בן ראד הלוי (Avidgor Yaakov Raphael Ben Rod Halevi)

More information,

Kol haKavod for so many queries. I have NO MORE INFO than below; please send no more emails. Please post to COMMUNITY BOARDS, Janglo, Facebook, ets. Mi k’amcha Yisrael.
FAMILY
Becker, Mother of Drew Becker a”h is the main avel.
 
ADDRESS

Eliyahu Salman Street 9, Nachlaot Yerushalayim

;

street is off of Nissim Behar between Betzalel and Agrippas

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TOP Floor, 4 flights up NO ELEVATOR
DAYS/HOURS
Shiva thru Tuesday, January 24. Levaya was yesterday, Wednesday January 18.
No fixed hours.
Minyan in shiva home; hours of davening unknown.
FOOD
Mrs. Becker is a vegetarian, food seems arranged. Mrs. Becker is invited for Shabbos by people in Nachlaot.

Dear Chava Ida,

This is a kick off event to spur,  G-d willing, an awakening in the community to start truly valuing our health in body, mind, and soul.  We, through Chai L’Adam, are recruiting all G-d fearing holistic practitioners, teachers, coaches, etc.  to do low cost workshops and encourage support groups in the neighborhood to get educated about the body and implement healthy lifestyle habits.
Please share with your contacts….:)
 
BSD
!Prevention is the CURE
an “incentivating” event sure to inspire & inform every woman of every age looking to optimize her and her family’s well being
Mrs. Rivka Segal – Lecturer of Living Tehillim
Hishtadlut & Bitachon – examining our hashkafic perspectives when it comes to our well being
Dr. Anders Nerman ND – Naturopathic doctor in Wolfson Medical Center
The importance of being educated about the drugs & treatments that you are already on or being offered by your doctor or kupah
Dr. Miriam Adahan PHD – psychologist , founder of EMETT, and author of many books that have helped thousands
The hidden key to mental & physical health
Nilli Grutman – Holistic Nutrition Counselor & Detox Specialist
Do diseases just pop out of nowhere?  What’s the process & what can I do to make a difference in keeping our love ones disease free…for life
This coming Motzoei Shabbos – P’ Shemos, Jan 21
7:45 – This event will BEH run on time
Minhal Kehalati Harnof – 43 Katzenellenbogen
10 shekel admission
For more information:  Ita Teigman – 054-352-2623    ItaTeigman@gmail.com
 The Israel Land Fund in association with U’faratzta Tours & Events enjoins you to join Arieh King, City Councilman & founder & director of the Israel Land Fund, in a protest against the UN’s illegal occupation of the strategically located Government House in southern Jerusalem.  The event will take part as the highlight of a unique journey throughout various communities not generally too accessible. Join us and speak out against an injustice that has been taking place for the past 50 years.  During the 6-Day War the Jordanian Army displaced the UN from the Government House facility as it attached Jewish Jerusalem without provocation. The complex was taken by the IDF with the supreme sacrifice of 22 young Jewish lives.  Israeli PM Eshkol returned the complex to the UN and subsequent successive governments have not had the courage to dislodge the illegal occupiers or even make them pay for services provided as if it were a fait accompli.  Adding insult to injury currently it also serves as the home of the commander of UN forces – as if the UN were in charge of Jerusalem. In light of the recent comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry regarding his failed attempts to formulate a so called “Peace Treaty” between Israel and non-indigenous Arabs and the abhorrent UNSC resolution 2334 which he instigated, the Israeli government has to be resolute and remove the UN from their illegal occupation of Government House in Jerusalem.  It has to be re-established as the official seat of the President of the State of Israel. In addition, it is incumbent upon the Jerusalem Municipality and the utility companies to withdraw services they provide to the complex for which the UN does NOT pay, such as the Council Tax.  It is now time for Israel and American and Diaspora world Jewry to be resilient and to press this demand that Government House be returned forthwith to its rightful owner – Am Yisrael. When:  Thursday – 28 Tevet- 26 January 201710:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
What:  We begin at Bet Lev at Maale Hazeitim, where we’ll meet the residents of a property that was redeemed by an American Jewish Family.
Continuing to Nof Tzion – Arieh will give an explanation of the project and the current status of the fight to keep it Jewish.  Local residents will welcome us with their warm hospitality. We will protest the UN Occupation of Government House. Then we will drive to Gush Etzion for a visit to the Beit Bracha property – one of the largest expansions of the Gush Etzion community in recent memory.  We’ll hear about how the place was redeemed and then on to Gush Etzion Junction.
Oz V’Gaon – If time allows we’ll have a short visit with the incomparable Nadia Matar of Women in Green to hear the history and anticipated future of the project in the wake of the boys’, Hy”d, kidnapping.  We will rest up, eat our self provided lunch and daven Mincha.  Inspired and invigorated we will return to Yerushalayim.
As we head north we will learn of the ILF’s efforts in bringing Jews back to Beit Hanina.  Our educational excursion will end in the vicinity of the abandoned Atarot Airport before we return to our original point of departure.
Where: Depart and return to the Inbal Hotel – The bus will depart from the side street to the right of the hotel when standing in front facing the lobby.
Cost:  165 NIS  per person (any age) – payable in cash 20 minutes prior to boarding
SEATS WILL GO FAST – RESERVE TODAY
Reservations: hillel.leib@gmail.com054 842 3803 – Private tours anywhere in the country can be arranged.
What to bring/wear?Lunch/snacks/water. Tissues are often helpful when traveling around Israel for bathrooms that might not have. An extra layer is always a good idea for Gush Etzion which tends to be colder than Jerusalem. Good walking shoes. Tour is geared for adults including seniors or teens ages 12 and up. Notes:  departure and arrival times are approximate and depend upon several factors including traffic; itinerary, guide and speakers subject to adjustment without prior notice; your reservation is a firm commitment and cannot be cancelled within 48 hours of departure; security will be provided.
Visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/233897663717896/U’faratzta Tours:  Exploring & Celebrating the Kedusha of
 

Post 400: I lost a good friend Linda Landa, (Z’L) and Lithuanian Government plans to eliminate Vilna Cemetary

 

I lost a good friend of twenty five years, Linda Landau (Z’L). News travels fast these days.

I wrote this note to a family member:

“Didn’t  you join us at one of Linda’s  performances ? I would listen to her comic routines, do a little touching up and cutting together.  I’d let her know when I’d be back in Queens and we’d see each other several times a week, stay out late at the Brooklyn Museum, or attend a performance of Shakespeare in the Park. I was always welcome at her daughter Jackie’s home in Belle Harbor. Linda,(Z’L) belly surfed on the Rockaway waves. She was the daughter of a bootlegger, sent to an East Coast girl’s yeshivah where she promptly exited, I believe to Hunter College. There she studied art and languages. She wrote, sang, performed and was super intelligent. Her students loved her and she only stopped teaching when her classrooms were scattered and she couldn’t physically keep up.

There wasn’t a time that we spent together that wasn’t fun. She’s the only person I know who disliked shopping for clothing more that I did. She wore vintage before it was in.  I remember she had a very colorful patchwork swing jacket. Somehow, I came across a matching skirt and I gave it too her.

She was so thrilled with the gift. She talked about it often and wore it and we both derived a lot of pleasure.

I walked through the streets of Jerusalem today. It was very grey. No-one had greater spontaneity and spark and determination  than Linda. May her Neshama have an Alliyah.

The newspapers say that Linda was a feminist a Jewish feminist proud of the role of Jewish women to maintain the family.

So gentlemen,  a male receives the call to the Bimiah for an Alliyah. I heard of a man who lived in a part of Florida and was nagged by his children to come to Israel for a visit. Finally he agreed.

He arrived in Ben Gurion Airport and said to his wife, “This is my place, I’m staying here, I’ll leave a suitcase and go back to the states to pack”.

For years he wondered, “How did I suddenly make this decision. It defies all reason.”

He asked several rabbis. Finally one said, “You know, when your name is called out in shul you stand up and get an alliya”. Your neshama is elevated.

The same thing happened when you got to Israel. You’re name came down from the heavens and you heard the call”.

I like to think that Linda, heard her call by our Father in heaven.

With heartfelt affection,

Ida

The following regards a horrific plan to destroy the Jewish Cemetery of Vilna

I received this e-mail:

Dear Friend:

I don’t ordinarily get involved in signing petitions, but this is a matter that cries out for protest against the massive desecration that is about to take place. I’m sure you know that the Lithuanian government has announced plans to build a new convention center over the Old Jewish Cemetery of Vilna. Although the Vilna Gaon’s remains were removed from the Old Jewish Cemetery, the remains of hundreds, perhaps thousands of Jews are still buried in the Old Jewish cemetery. These include the remains of some of the greatest rabbis, Jewish martyrs, and pious women through the centuries, including R. Moshe Rivkes (d. 1671-2), author of the Be’er Ha-Golah on the Shulhan Arukh; R. Zelmele (i.e., R. Shlomo Zalman, d. 1788), brother of R. Hayyim of Volozhin and favorite disciple of the Vilna Gaon; R. Shmuel b. R. Avigdor (d. 1793), last Chief Rabbi of Vilna; R. Avraham b. Ha-Gra (d. 1809) ;  the Ger Zedek of Vilna (d. 1749), whose remains were not removed from the Old Jewish cemetery (despite claims otherwise); and Traina (date of death unknown), mother of the Vilna Gaon; Chanah, first wife of the Vilna Gaon (d. 1782);  and Gitel, second wife of the Vilna Gaon, who apparently outlived the Gaon (precise date of death unknown). Virtually every Jew who died in Vilna before the year 1831 was, in fact,  buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery.

 

The petition does not call for the Lithuanian government to cancel plans for building a new convention center (funded largely by the EU). It simply asks that it be built at a different location in Vilnius – which can easily be done.

 

A wonderful Vilna resident, Ruta Bloshtein, a shomer shabbos woman who bakes challah for members of the Vilna kehillah every erev Shabbos, has taken upon herself the responsibility of spearheading this write-in campaign. She started some three weeks ago and has about 250 signatories so far. She needs at least 1000 signatures; if she doesn’t get them it will be a Chillul Ha-Shem even beyond the destruction of the Jewish cemetery itself. It will be a signal to the Lithuanian government that Jews neither care nor count. If she gets 3000 signatures, the political authorities will have little choice but to take the petition into account before making any hasty decision. She needs, and deserves, our help.

The two key Rabbonim in Lithuania today, Rabbi Krelin (Chief Rabbi of Lithuania) and  Rabbi Krinsky (head of Chabad) are among the first 250 signatories. It seems to me this is a case of  מת מצוה  in more ways than one.

All one needs to do is to click on the link below, fill out the electronic form, and electronically sign their name. Please forward to others, so that they too can participate in this mitzvah. It is not a time to stand idly by.

https://www.change.org/p/hon-dalia-grybauskaite-please-move-new-vilnius-convention-center-project-away-from-the-old-jewish-cemetery

With prayers for the success of our cause,

Shnayer Leiman