Bat Mitzvah Experience Shared

Kiryat Gat, Israel, July 2019 – Co-Presidents, Janet and Irwin Tobin, spent an incredible day with Rabbi Liron Levy and our four Bat Mitzvah girls, Diana, Inbal, Tair, Oren and May, the Israeli volunteer, who was also Bat Mitzved.  They chatted all morning and the girls spoke freely about their families, what it means to become a Bat Mitzvah and their future dreams and the wonderful year they completed studying with Rabbi Liron.

Their Bat Mitzvah discussions centered around how they could remain a child while start taking on responsibilities of adulthood. Rabbi Liron stressed that they should choose a mission most important to them and incorporate it into their lives, adding more responsibilities within time.

The girls started with awareness and caring for others– being especially conscious, making sure that they treat their flat mates and each other respectfully. This expanded to include others that are different from themselves to better understand other perspectives. They are being attentive to a young man, with special needs, that was hired to work at the Petting Zoo and the in-house bakery. They expanded their horizons by visiting a Druze community and met Israelis that are not Jews. They also interacted with a group of blind people and were astounded to learn how well they function with everyday life.

The girls enjoyed talking and telling Janet and Irwin that if they put their hearts along with much effort and education, they could achieve their dreams. One girl wants to become a Veterinarian. She loves working with the animals and now that she became a Bat Mitzvah, she is permitted to work at the Petting Zoo. Another wants to be a doctor, another a kindergarten teacher and a soccer player. They included Janet and Irwin in the discussions, wanting to know how they met and all about their children, grand and great-grandchildren.

Upon completion of their year of study, they excitedly recapped many celebrations – parties and trips. Last February, a trip to Mt. Hermon, where they saw snow for the first time and even enjoyed one of the simplest pleasures, making and eating snowcones with juice. Followed with dinner at a Rosh Pina restaurant ordering whatever their hearts desired. In July, the finale, a trip to Eliat to swim with the dolphins.

For their Bat Mitzvah gift to Neve Hanna, the girls requested making ceramic clocks for each of the flats. This was inspired by their love of making mezuzahs (Hiddur Mitzvah Project) last year.

The girls requested that Janet and Irwin attend the Bat Mitzvah rehearsal, for the ceremony, that took place July 11 at the Egalitarian section of the Kotel. They also practiced their song and dance that they will preform at their Bat Mitzvah luncheon party.

The day Janet and Irwin spent with these very special Bat Mitzvah girls was one of the best days they ever had on a visit to Neve Hannah – just tops. Their expressions of joy and excitement, for the present and future, is an experience Janet and Irwin will never forget and continue to talk about way into the future.

Changing Children’s Lives through Music Education

Sunday, April 29, 2018, members and supporters of American Friends of Neve Hanna gathered together at Abigael’s in New York in love and support of the Neve Hanna Children’s Home.

The evening’s mission was to raise funds and bring awareness to the new Music Education program at Neve Hanna.  In lieu of our staff member, Lisa Pollack’s 50th birthday and the 45th anniversary of the Neve Hanna Children’s Home, we kindly asked for donations made to the music program.

Our guest speaker, guitarist, Tony Romano discussed the importance, beauty, value and benefits of music therapy education.  He performed several songs following the discussion.

Neve Hanna is changing children’s lives through music and you can too by donating at https://www.afnevehanna.org/donate

 

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Janet and Irwin Tobin Honored

Janet and Irwin Honored

January 31, 2018, Tel Aviv – Janet and Irwin Tobin were included among other esteemed honorees at the 40th Anniversary of the Masorti Movement.

Janet and Irwin were recognized for their dedication and contributions through their work at American Friends of Neve Hanna supporting the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being, sponsoring the Jewish learning B’nei Mitzvah program, fostering Neve Hanna’s connection with the Noam Youth Movement and the Tali Educational Fund, as well as a plethora of other activities associated with the Masorti Movement.

Go to www.afnevehanna.org to learn more about the remarkable programs and projects that they continue to establish at American Friends!  Mazel Tov, Janet and Irwin!

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back.

On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, you’ll have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart.

We sincerely hope that American Friends of Neve Hanna is one of your favorite ways to support Israel because the children of Neve Hanna are the future of Israel.  They come from every sector of the country, from every community. And they have a lot to offer.

BUT…they need you to help them reach their full potential.

Remember www.afnevehanna.org on November 28 and Year-end.  Gifts of all sizes are welcomed with gratitude and Make A Difference. Thank You in advance!

Thank You in advance.  Love and Shalom.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, friends and loved ones.