To be present at a Kibbutz on Yom Kippur and to witness the excitement, the burning spark in one’s eyes, and to know that you are a member of a very special and unified Minyan, is a virtue. We all long to stop our daily routine for one moment, to set aside our weaknesses and mishaps in order to look inside, to become purified, and to contemplate on what was and what we would like it to be. Kibbutzim Project - a project that is a privilege!
On the afternoon before Yom Kippur dozens of buses make their way to some 60 Kibbutzim around Israel bringing Jews with warm sensitive hearts who wish to unite with our brothers in Kibbutzim and Moshavim and to share the sublime sensation that only Yom Kippur can provide. The shouting of Shema-Yisrael continues to reverberate many days after the Holiest of days…
Following Yom Kippur’s elevating prayers we received a somewhat expected phone call… we would like to learn more about our Jewish roots and heritage. To this end, we have established the Shiurim & Activities Project in which we began with a weekly shiur. The word spread out and the Kibbutzim circle is slowly expanding. When one of the Kibbutz’s children reached Bar Mitzvah age we were asked to conduct real Bar Mitzvah activities.
On Yom Kippur we conduct approximately 60 Minyanim that include thousands of people who come to pray and 600 volunteers who conduct the prayers and take care of all of the holiday needs!
Throughout the year – we hold dozens of evening shiurim in four Kibbutzim, Megilah reading, Bar Mitzvah activities, and so forth. We anticipate extending our initiatives to additional areas of activity.
Director of kibbutzim
The topic of the shiur that day was Tefillin and Mezuzah. One of the participants, who was an active member of this shiur, showed great interest in the meaning of Tefillin, the material from which they are made of and what they contain. A week later he shared with us that his son asked him what a Mezuzah is. Due to the shiur during the previous week I was able to explain the meaning to my son rather than be embarrassed by the fact that I do not know the answer …
Resident of Kibbutz
Due to a friend's recommendation I have participated in the Yom Kippur prayers that you held in our Kibbutz. The deep and moving feelings I have experienced left me eventually with watery eyes at the end of the day. I am looking forward to praying with you again next year!
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