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Services - Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies

In the Masorti Movement, we believe Halacha (Jewish Law) is binding on the Jewish People and we seek to observe it to the best of our ability. At the same time, we believe Halacha is a dynamic process that is influenced by the sacred texts of our tradition as interpreted by generations of rabbis and scholars and also by the changing conditions of our daily life. It is our aim to search for the balance between tradition and change in order to make Halacha relevant and a force that strives for good in our world.
If you’re used to a traditional synagogue, then services at Kehilat Hakerem will be quite familiar to you. The main differences you will notice (apart from slight changes in the prayer book wording)  is that men and women sit together, and men and women both participate fully in the service. Many of our members can lead services, or read from the Torah, chant the Haftarah, or give a sermon.
Usual Service Times
Kehilat Hakerem holds evening and morning services on Shabbat and Yomtov and on other occasions during the year, such as Israel Independence Day or Holocaust Remembrance Day, or to allow a member to say Kaddish.

Friday Evenings and Festival Eves:
Evening services vary with the time of year. Once every 2 weeks we hold a Musical Kabbalat Shabbat which begins around 30 minutes before the commencement of Shabbat. 
Sabbath and Festival morning services:  Usually begin at 09:00.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies

Kehilat Hakerem has had the pleasure of celebrating with many families as their daughters and sons reach the age of 12 or 13. The families, both Kehila members of long standing and those experiencing their first significant synagogue service, enjoy the support of the teacher, the prayer leaders, and the warmth of the congregation.

This life-cycle celebration is celebrated according to the wishes of the family and can include the following elements :
  • The Bar/Bat Mitzvah puts on tefillin for the first time at a Monday or Thursday Shacharit service.
  • On Friday night, they can lead Kiddush, and they, or another family member, might lead the Kabbalat Shabbat service.
  • On Shabbat morning, they will be called to the Torah and participate in the service in other ways. They may lead part of the service, read Torah and/or Haftarah, and give a sermon. ‎The Bar/Bat Mitzvah determines the level of participation.

Bnei Mitzvah Course

* synagogue skills
* importance of tzedaka
* significance of ritual items such as tallit, tefillin, and mezuzah.
* format of the prayers

Kehilat Hakerem welcomes nominally secular families and are happy to introduce them to Masorti Judaism. Family members are encouraged to participate in the service.

Contact Julie Landau  julielandau22@gmail.com  if you would like to hear more.
Kehilat Hakerem Karmiel
The Masorti Congregation of Karmiel

Spitzer Center, 4 Sheizaf  St,
POB 568, Karmiel 2161402

קהילת הכרם כרמיאל
הקהילה המסורתית של כרמיאל
Telefax: 972-4-9582613 
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