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Rav Siach רב שיח

Adar 2020

מֵחֲמַת שִׂמְחָה נִפְתָּח הַלֵּב ספר המידות

 

In five days' time, the Israeli public will vote for the third time in under a year. It is not our brightest hour, and this unprecedented situation reflects the social turmoil we are undergoing in Israeli society. As in the two previous elections, predictions estimate that the voter turnout will remain around 69% which is considered quite high compared with other democratic states. In the first round of elections, the notion of fulfilling our right to vote and elect our governing leaders instilled a sense of excitement and gratitude; some even recited the blessing of Shehechyanu marking this unique moment. In the second round, I joined a group of leaders and congregants from my community, led by Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum in prayer. We stood outside of the residence of Israeli president Rubi Revlin praying for unity, friendship, and feeling very uneasy by the need to go to the polls once again. None of us imagined we would be called upon to vote yet again so soon after. We are at a time in which we are called to fight the feeling of indifference taking over, we are called to hold on to a sense of civic responsibility and fulfill our right to vote, we must remain נדיבי לב prompting generosity of the heart as described in the opening verse of this week's Parasha, Trumah. As we go to the polls here in Israel, we urgently ask that you turn to your friends, family and congregants and urge them to take the few minutes necessary to cast a ballot in the World Zionist Congress elections which are taking place now. Vote MERCAZ so we can bring about a vision for an Israel that reflects the values we hold dear.

I know many are working hard to help turn out the vote, we are getting close to the finish line, please help us cross it!

Wishing a joyous month of Adar

Devora Greenberg

Director of Rav Siach

 

חֲנֹ֣ךְ לַ֭נַּעַר עַל־פִּ֣י דַרְכּ֑וֹ

An Exciting New Masorti Initiative for Greater Inclusion of Individuals With Disabilities

As many synagogues celebrated Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, we are proud to share with you the "Derechai Noam" guidebook on how to create inclusion within the Noam youth Movement. This joint initiative of the Adraba Center, Noam, and Israel's social security services, provides a didactic – methodological guidebook on how to create inclusion within an informal educational setting and is the product of three years of work with our Noam educational staff.

So what does this amazing resource contain?

This guidebook is the first of its kind in the world that implements the UDL (Universal Design for Learning) model in the setting of informal education. Until now, this model has been used only in school settings and academia. It is a professional tool that assists youth councilors and advisers, in Noam and in youth movements in general, in planning an activity for a diverse group of participants, some with and some without disabilities, all with a range of needs. The initiative includes not only the guidebook but also a unique mobile application, which allows the educational staff to create activities using the app. While doing so, they receive directions and tips according to UDL guidelines. This provides them a practical tool which is used in the field.

This exciting new initiative enables the Noam youth movement to maintain a high level of professionalism in the field of individual inclusion of children and youth with disabilities, allowing us to provide the Noam experience to a wider population. We have already distributed the guidebook to other youth organizations, striving to reach the entire educational and professional field in Israel. We hope this will assist many thousands of youth movement counselors and staff in their work with participants with and without disabilities.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching aimed at meeting the needs of every student in a classroom/ camper in camp/chanich in the youth movement etc. It can be helpful for all learners, including individuals with learning and attention issues. In order for the UDL method to be effective it requires careful planning by the educators. We hope this guidebook will provide them exactly the tool to succeed!

Click here to download the guidebook in Hebrew

NOAM goes GREEN

Two months ago, during the Noam High Schoolers Winter Conference (a biannual event in which Noam youth discuss the values and goals which will guide them for the next two years), it was decided to stop use of disposable dishes at all youth movement events. Going forward, no disposable dishes will be used at activities, trips, and even during the three-week Noam summer camp. Alongside this change, there is another process in motion of creating a kosher community reusable dish program (to Borrow and Bring Back) which will be offered free of charge to the general public.

How are the teens planning on operating this program?

Noam has acquired over 700 reusable dishes & cutlery mostly for flaishik use. They are offering to lend out these dishes in order to enable more people and organizations planning communal events involving food to reduced their waste and become more environmentally friendly. In order to ensure the dishes remain Kosher, the teens set up a special committee guided by the Youth Movement's Rabbi, which provides anyone who borrows dishes a briefing led by the teens about how to keep the dishes kosher. As a result, the teens not only embodied the value of protecting our world but also enjoyed an opportunity to learn Torah with their rabbi.

"Look at God's work - for who can straighten what He has twisted? (Ecclesiastes 7:13). When the Blessed Holy One created the first human, He took him and led him round all the trees of the Garden of Eden and said to him: 'Look at My works, how beautiful and praiseworthy they are! And all that I have created; it was for you that I created it. Pay attention that you do not corrupt and destroy My world: if you corrupt it, there is no one to repair it after you.'"

Kohelet Rabah 7:13

Rabbi Yerach Meiersdorf, Rav Noam with the new dishes

תפילה על האיחוי והרעות

A link for a Prayer for Election Day

Hebrew / English

 Additional resources for R"H Adar and Purim:

Masorti Wine Supervision: Kosher, Permissive, and Ethical

9th of Adar

Meet Masorti Women Rabbis

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