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.

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.

Tour Israel June 2018

The children of Neve Hanna are the future of Israel!  Another way to show your support for our children is to Tour Israel May 30 through June 12, 2018 with the American Friends of Neve Hanna!

We’re celebrating both the Neve Hanna Childrens Home and 70 Years of the State Of Israel!   We’re very excited to being a part of the B’nai Mitzvahs of our children at the Kotel!  

Highlights include:

  • Neve Hanna
  • Rosh Pina
  • B’nai Mitzvahs of the children at the Kotel
  • Mt. Herzl
  • Yad Vashem
  • Israel Museum
  • Masada
  • Ahava Factory
  • Tel Hazor and Tel Dan National Parks
  • Boat Ride on the Kinneret
  • Tiberias
  • Beit She’an
  • National Park City of David
  • Davidson Archaeological Park
  • Hurva Synagogue
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Robinson’s Arch
  • Dead Sea
  • Zichron Ya’akov
  • Caesarea
  • Kibbutz Hanaton and much more!

Contact our office at info@afnevehanna.org or 212-870 2980.  There’s still time to register!  What an exciting time to be in Israel – Join us!