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Netanya celebrates Sukkot 2018 (5779)

Netanya Municipality is host to a multitude of events during Chol Hamoed Sukkot: Guitar Gems with artists and ensembles from around the world, an exhibition of menorahs designed specially by artists and celebrities, observations of the planets and science workshops at the Planetanya Center for Science, Space and Culture – Ushpizin in Netanya with a variety of activities for the entire family

For detailed information of all events, please click here    http://www.netanya.muni.il


Information about Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that marks the beginning of the Jewish year, is in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which coincides with late September and early October. This year Rosh Hashana begins on the evening of 9th September 2018.

Unlike the other holidays, which have one holy day on which businesses are closed, Rosh Hashanah is a two-day holiday, and businesses are closed on both days. The holiday is two days according to tradition started in the Diaspora when the onset of the new moon – which traditionally was decreed by the High Court in Jerusalem – was not known.

According to Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah commemorates the culmination of the creation of the universe and acceptance of God’s sovereignty over the world. These are also the days on which God judges people’s deeds throughout the year and decides their future for the coming year – death for the sinners, life for the pious and a repentance period until Yom Kippur for people whose status is uncertain.

The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called “The Ten Days of Repentance,” during which people have the opportunity to atone for their sins.

Rosh Hashanah traditions and Customs

Prayer – Religious Jews attend lengthy synagogue services, and recite special prayers and liturgical songs written over the centuries. The versions of the prayers and liturgical songs vary slightly from one ethnic group to another.

Selichot (special penitential prayers) – During the week (or month, depending on the ethnic group) prior to Rosh Hashanah there are special “Selichot” prayers, requesting forgiveness and expressing remorse and repentance.
The blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) – On Rosh Hashanah, 100 (or 101, depending on the ethnic tradition) shofar blasts are sounded in the synagogue, in single, triple and nine-blast groupings.
The shofar blasts are intended to symbolize God’s sovereignty over the world, to remind Jews of the giving of the commandments on Mt. Sinai, of Abraham and Isaac’s devotion to God, to arouse people to repentance and to herald the Day of Judgment and the coming of the Messiah. When the first day of Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat, the shofar is sounded only on the second day.
Apple and honey – At the evening meal on Rosh Hashanah it is customary to eat an apple dipped in honey and other sweet foods to symbolize a sweet new year.
Tashlich – On Rosh Hashanah afternoon it is customary to walk to a river, lakeshore or other open body of water, to shake out one’s pockets and symbolically cast one’s sins into the water. If you come to Israel during this period, it is worth going to see religious Jews performing this custom. When the first day of Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat, Tashlich is performed on the second day.
New year greetings – Until a few years ago Jews in Israel (and around the world) used to send “Shana Tova” greeting cards to their friends and relatives wishing them health, happiness and prosperity for the new year. Today this custom has all but disappeared, as most Israelis prefer to use the telephone or e-mail. One way or the other, it is customary for Jews to wish everyone they meet during this New Year period a “Shana Tova” – a good new year.
Holiday meal – Even secular Jews who do not go to synagogue services usually have a holiday meal on the Rosh Hashanah evening, with fine wine, apple dipped in honey and other sweet dishes. It is customary to eat pomegranate, as a symbol of a plentiful year, the head of a fish, symbolizing the desire to keep ahead, and other symbolic foods.

Like on Shabbat and other Holidays, kosher bars and restaurants are closed and there is no public transportation.


Take the kids – indoors – see Rhythmania in their lively show on 21 August

If you want to be out of the heat, take the kids, and enjoy a morning with the band “Rhythmania” In their show “Green Drumming” – special lighting, whetting stones, vibrant costumes and tons of rhythm!  Their lively show  is on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  at the Arik Einstein Cultural Center (6 Benny Berman St., Ir Yamim)  http://www.netanya.muni.il/Eng

Tickets are available for only 10 NIS at the Absorption Department – Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 am-1:00 pm , Tel: 09-7880570 (Irena)  or 09-8308811 (Heichal Hatarbut).


Summer of festivals in Netanya – August events

August 14-16 The Netanya International Clowning Festival returns for the fifth year – this year with special performances celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israeli clowning.  The festival will include performances in the halls of the Municipal Cultural Center, the streets of the city and Independence Square.

August 28-30

During the Festi-Vocal, Netanya salutes Israeli singing in three major performances – a tribute to all the generations of winners of the Israel Prize, an evening of songs by Yossi Banai and a tribute to 70 years of Mizrahi (oriental) music.  With the participation of music stars and singing groups from around the country,

Master classes and lectures with Yoav Kutner, Yoav Ginai, Yoram Rotem and others.



Netanya is actually 90 years old – celebrate Netanya’s history during July


PLANETANYA SPACE CAMP

Week 1 – 23 to 27 July (Monday-Friday)  Week 2 –  30 July to 2 August (Sunday-Thursday).   Looking for summer activities for children – something original, away from television, ipads and mobile, and enjoy a week of space and fun in Planetanya?

Here is the opportunity to expose your child to fascinating topics from science, space and astronomy through experiential learning workshops, exhibits in the Planetarium, and special activities unique to the Planetanya complex.   A week of tasting and learning about the solar system, the planets, the universe in which we live and taking care of it, science and thinking games and challenging physics activities.

Registration and details at the Planetanya website  http://www.planetanya.org.il (Hebrew only) or call 09-7485760


Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 21:00 and 22:00 – Independence Square

Multi Media displays in the Independence Square fountain

Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 21:00 and 22:00

Multi-Media displays will be screened on the water screen in the Square Fountain

The spectacular displays include lighting, water, music and rhythm effects.

Come and enjoy !!


Celebrate Shavuot – the ‘dairy’ festival – 19/20 May 2018

Shavuot is a holiday that commemorates one of the most important events in Jewish history – when the Torah was given to us at Mount Sinai.  For many, it is customary to spend the night learning.  Traditionally, we eat dairy produce over Shavuot – especially cheesecake – traditional or fancy !  And it being a statutory holiday, many families picnic in the parks or at the beach.  In addition, falling on a Sunday this year, it makes a nice long weekend !      

Why do we eat dairy produce?  www.chabad.org/shavuot  gives interesting explanations.

Chag Shavuot Sameach.

 

Netanya events

A Village in the Center of the City (free) / Shavuot in the Museum  (10nis)  / A Journey through the Milky Way Galaxy at Planetanya (fee applies)

Click here on the Municipality website for more details (and click for the English version)   www.netanya.muni.il  

TIKKUN LEIL (all night learning) in Netanya, for details click here :      http://www.netanya.muni.il/Eng/?CategoryID=1598&ArticleID=2238 


Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut 2018

Yom HaZikaron – Israel’s Official Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, the day which publicly remembers the fallen in all the wars which Israel has had to  fight during the 70 years since Independence was granted in 1948 – it commences at nightfall on Tuesday evening 17th April 2018.  Shops will close earlier than usual.  Places of entertainment will not be open.

Yom Hazikaron begins at sundown (8.00pm) when a siren is sounded across the country for one minute. Everybody stops what they are doing, including cars driving on the highway, and observes the silence to show their respect and remember the fallen. That evening, the official State Ceremony to mark the start of Yom Hazikaron takes place at the Western Wall (the Kotel) in Jerusalem. Unlike in many other countries, Israel’s wars have taken place at home and being a small country, almost everybody knows somebody who died in the country’s wars making Yom Hazikaron an incredibly personal time of remembrance.

On Wednesday 18th April, 2018 sirens will sound at 11.00 am throughout the country for a 2 minute silence – and the country again comes to a standstill – if this is your first time here on such a day, be prepared for an incredible sight, where transport and people literally ‘stop in their tracks’ to observe the silence.

That evening, between 7:00pm  and 8.00pm, another state ceremony takes place, this one at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Military Ceremony. This ceremony marks the end of Yom Hazikaron, and the beginning of Yom Haaztmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, a day which contrasts dramatically to what preceded it and a strong reminder of the price Israel has paid, and continues to pay for her independence.

The conclusion of Yom HaZikaron sees a reversal and the country explodes into celebrations for this very special Yom Ha’atzmaut – the 70th  Anniversary of the Foundation of the State.

For details of all the events in and around the city, please click here http://www.netanya.muni.il/eng/