Holidays/Special Days: According to the Hebrew calendar, we celebrate all the Jewish – Israeli holidays and memorial days. We do it by ceremony or fun activity, special meals and blessings:
Rosh Hashanah – Beginning of the year event, the Rabbi delivers their wishes for the service, traditional food and prayers.
Yom Ha’Kippurim – Daven in five tradational services, by the Masorti Machzor prayer book “Potheach Shaar”.
Sukkot – Sitting in the Sukkah, the four spices and a festive meal.
Chanukah – Traditional candle lighting with all the children and staff in the main celebration + family candle lighting and activity every evening.
Tu B’Shevat – Organize a special Seder with music, reading and games. This is also our opportunity to learn and practice Sustainability and better environment.
Purim – Megilat Esther reading on Rosh Chodesh. The event is a combination of reading the traditional Megillah telling the story in simple modern Hebrew and drama performances by the children. In addition, they celebrate in the Happy Happening Party and the traditional Mishloach Manot.
Pesach – Celebrate in traditional Leil Ha-Seder event with guests at each group.
Yom HaShoah Ve’Hagvura (Holocaust Remembrance Day) – Special service along with meeting a holocaust survivor and hearing their story and testimony.
Yom Ha’Zikaron le’Chalalei Ma’arachot Israel (Memorial Day) – Special service, prayers, candle lighting and Shira Betzibur.
Yom Ha’Atzmaut – Israel Independence Day – Festive falafel meal, games, service, Israeli folk dances, enjoying the main city event, and Mangal – the Israeli barbeque at Neve Hanna.
Shavuot – Intimate event in each group. Celebrating the Bikkurim (the first fruits), what are my new fruits and successes this year?
Jewish holidays are celebrated regularly, introducing Jewish heritage to Neve Hanna children. Activities related to the Jewish holidays enhance the sense of solidarity, cooperation and a sense of creativity, as children stage special performances in the spirit of the holiday.
Religion and Heritage – In accordance with the Conservative Movement that Neve Hanna is affiliated with, children are taught Jewish values. They say their prayers before and after meals, join the Shabbat and holiday services, learn about Jewish heritage and tradition and celebrate their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. A female Rabbi employed at Neve Hanna prepares the children for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration, an important event with many guests who join the children’s celebration.