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. Check the rolling News section for this week’s evening service times.
Sabbath and Festival morning services: Usually begin at 09:00 (services temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 crisis)
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
The Chug Bnei Mitzvah meets every week one hour before the start of Kabbalat Shabbat. Children participate for four months prior to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony. The leader discusses different topics, such as the meaning of the ceremony and the form it takes, the structure of the prayers, and Tikkun Olam (“Repairing the World”).
Our Bar Mitzvah teacher is Robert Sasportas, who has been working with great success for the past 20 years with kids from Karmiel and surrounding towns, and for him it is a true “labor of love.”
He teaches the students synagogue skills and the importance of tzedaka, prepares them for the ceremony, and introduces them to the significance of ritual items such as tallit, tefillin, and mezuzah. His patience, dedication and warmth are mentioned repeatedly in the thank-you cards and letters he receives from Bnei Mitzvah and their families.
“Robert, Thank you for your dedication and patience, for your understanding smile and your support.” Snir Sachar, Bar Mitzvah
“Robert is an amazing Jewish educator. Over the years, he has trained hundreds of children, many from secular backgrounds, and connected them to a love of Judaism.” Liora Asa, mother of two children trained by Robert.
His outreach work helps bring many nominally secular families into contact with Kehilat Hakerem and Masorti Judaism, often for the first time. He is also delighted to work with family members who want to participate in the service.
Contact Keren Fite, our Community Facilitator, 054-4791952 email@example.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