Have a Men’s Club dinner featuring Israeli food followed by a movie. (Some of the movies might be available in your local video store or from a community Jewish library.)
One of the most effective ways of strengthening the world-wide nature of the Conservative Movement is by “twinning” North American congregations with Israeli kehillot. “Twinning” can take many forms, depending on the strengths and interests of both partners.
Some possible activities may include (but are not limited to):
If your Men’s Club, or Congregation as a whole, is interested in finding an Israeli “twin,” please contact the Masorti Foundation office:
At the heart of the Masorti Movement in Israel are 52 congregations (kehillot) – ranging from small havurot to full-service synagogue centers. Unlike most Israeli synagogues, which serve only as Houses of Prayer, Masorti congregations offer a broad range of social and educational programs with Jewish content. These programs — designed for every age group – serve members of the congregations as well as the community at large. In addition to lectures, study groups, family education programs and holiday celebrations, Masorti rabbis attend to a variety of life-cycle events, such as circumcisions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and funerals.
Just as in the United States, each Israeli Masorti kehillah has a different “personality” based on a variety of factors such as:
So what’s the difference?
It’s All in the Name.
Mercaz means “center”, and Zionism is central to Conservative/Masorti Judaism. Masorti means “traditional” and is the name of the Conservative Movement in Israel.