At YOZMA's services, the whole family
participates and prays together, a unique element to the many Israelis
exposed only to the traditional Orthodox separate seating. Men and women
participate equally in the service.
YOZMA Shabbat and holiday services are dynamic and vibrant, filled with
prayer and fellowship, music and song. Jewish holidays and festivals
and monthly Shabbat dinners are communal celebrations.
Lifecycle events and Bar and Bat Mitzvah study are conducted with great
vitality. Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are infused with meaning and relevance,
and often, in Bat Mitzvah services, the young woman is the first ever
of her gender in her family to publicly read from a Sefer Torah.
Kehillat YOZMA combines the traditional with an "untraditional" twist.
YOZMA's tashlich service at Rosh HaShana is held on the beach and includes
shofar-blowing as well as the releasing of hand-written wishes for the
future into the skies on home-made kites. Simchat Torah celebration includes
unrolling the entire Torah scroll into the lovingly supportive hands
of community members. Rosh Chodesh celebrations incorporate special programming
Formal Educational Programs
Pre-school and Kindergarten: YOZMA currently operates six full preschool and kindergarten classes for 3-6 year olds and continues to push forward with new alternative educational environments for older children.
Elementary School: First State-recognized Reform
Public Jewish Day School in Israel (grades 1-6).
YOZMA's formal educational programs emphasize Jewish religious values, tolerance, and respect, and an appreciation of Jewish history, traditions, and practice. YOZMA presents an alternative, egalitarian and progressive approach to Judaism that has been welcomed by families from a wide range of religious backgrounds.
Informal Educational Programs
Adult Education: YOZMA has recently launched an exciting new weekly adult Beit Midrash - featuring an in-depth study of the weekly Torah portion from the perspective of three rabbis - Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon, Rabbi Nir Barkin and local Conservative Rabbi Paul Arberman!
Youth group: Youth activities include monthly events for the "graduates" of
YOZMA's pre-school program. YOZMA's burgeoning TELEM youth group offers
weekly programming for 4th - 8th graders, led by older teens. 9th graders
participate in a weekly seminar to train as future youth group leaders.
Adult Education: In the Bet Midrash program, adults meet to discuss
the weekly Torah portion, applying modern interpretations to the traditional
Conversion course: Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon conducts a course on the basics
of Judaism intended to introduce potential converts to the beauty and
depth of Jewish practice and tradition.
Bar / Bat Mitzvah preparation: YOZMA offers an ongoing course for bar
/ bat mitzvah preparation, in order to prepare the teens for the practical,
spiritual and emotional sides of their bar / bat mitzvah event.
All programs are imbued with a spirit of open and pluralistic Judaism,
and each is integrally and overtly linked to Jewish values from a unique
YOZMA is firmly committed to "acting locally" for Tikkun Olam. Hundreds of YOZMA volunteers take part in the community's many important social action projects:
- Support group for single-parent families
- Adoption of Beit-Eden Group Home for Developmentally
Challenged Youth in nearby Ramla
- "Halak" – providing aid to families of children
with special needs
- "Yozman" – after school tutoring for children
from financially challenged families
- Distribution of food, heaters and other supplies to
the elderly, new immigrants and needy families
- YOZMA's youth arrange birthday celebrations for needy