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:, 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:

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    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    …………… ……

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

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


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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

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 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:

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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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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