Fostering Kehilah at Nitzanim

At Nitzanim we pride ourselves on the fact that we are more than a Bet Knesset, we are a kehilah – a community.  From the founders of the first minyan, to the most recent olim, to the grandchildren of members and the younger adults of Minyan Tze’irim, the building can barely contain the fabulous people who consider the kehilah their home.  Following tefilah on Shabbat and chagim the street fills with the chatter and laughter of multi-generational friends delighted to see each other. At Kehilat Nitzanim we pride ourselves on the myriad ways we have to be involved and to be engaged.  Shabbat hospitality is a certainty. Chessed programs enthusiastically supported.  Social events well attended.  Passionate learning and, of course, a love of Eretz Israel permeates throughout. There is no doubt that Kehilat Nitzanim is a stellar example of the very best of Israel’s dati leumi population.   

Throughout the year, chagim and special days provide Kehilat Nitzanim members with unique opportunities to engage with our dati leumi community identity:

Mishloach Manot:  A creative package is conceived and curated each year.  Participants not only get the joy of sharing “simchat Purim” with their fellow kehilah members, they also support the fantastic youth programs that draw so many young families to Kehilat Nitzanim.  

Purim Carnival: The community vibe doesn’t stop with Mishloach Manot.  Purim night, following megilah reading, Landau Hall is transformed into a fun-filled, laughter- inducing extravaganza enjoyed by everyone from 2 – 102!

Yom HaShoah: The annual Yom HaShoah ceremony aims to keep the memory of the Shoah, and its eternal lessons, front and center.  While our members who are survivors grow fewer, we are aware of the awesome responsibility that rests on subsequent generations to honor those who live and lived among us, and those who we were never privileged to meet. 

Yom HaZikaron: During the afternoon of Yom HaZikaron, Kehilat Nitzanim organizes a visit to one of Israel’s many sites that saw battle and blood.  By traveling together as representatives of a vibrant Zionist kehilah, we are living monuments to those who gave their lives so that we may live as עם חופשי בארצנו

Yom Ha’atzma’ut: A hall and tables festooned in blue and white is how Kehilat Nitzanim sets the tone for a very special seudah shlishit in honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut.  Divrei Torah pertaining to the land, stories of olim from east and west, heartfelt songs and the ubiquitous falafel ensure that the celebration does justice to the land we so proudly call home!  

Yom  Yerushalayim: What better way to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim than to walk her streets and hear her tales? On the Shabbat closest to Yom Yerushalayim, the kehilah sets out in the afternoon to learn more about the neighborhoods of the holy city. Weaving through side streets, admiring architecture, learning about the people behind the street names, the walk expands our hearts and fills us with pride.