With the passing of a wonderful year together as a congregation, we are excited about the future with the coming of this new year. There have been many positive changes, and now we will have opportunities to develop them as we move forward.
We once again have a permanent Rabbi, David Azen, who has many ideas on how we can move forward and how we can include many more people within our Jewish community. The goal is to include more ritual and secular activities, so that our meeting place continues to grow as the Nevada County Jewish Community Center.
In addition to our building where we hold religious services, Sunday School, and meetings for various groups, we now have an expanded backyard where we will build a welcoming area for secular and religious outdoor activities.
Congregation B’nai Harim will continue to provide religious services, educational programs and community engagement with our members and the greater Jewish and foothill community members and guests.
Religious and Holiday Observances – Congregation B’nai Harim at the NCJCC provides two Rabbi-led Friday Evening Shabbat Services each month followed by an Oneg sponsored by members of the congregation. We also conduct services for the High Holidays, hold a Community Hanukah Party, celebrate Purim, and sponsor a Community Passover Seder. As we grow in membership, we will plan for more religious services.
Learning and Education – We provide a wonderful Sunday School for about 30 students led by our talented and dedicated principal, Kinneret Vinitzky, and her teachers. Hebrew School on Thursday afternoon is available for youth preparing for their B’nai mitzvahs. There is Hebrew School on the first and third Tuesdays of each month for adult members of the NCJCC and the Community. Rabbi David Azen leads Torah study discussion session on alternate Saturday mornings and this study is open to all.
Community Engagement – We have many enthusiastic volunteers involved in the community. They make donations and give their time to various organizations, including: The Friendship Club, Hospitality House, and Kare Crisis Nursery.
Each year we sponsor, “The Corner Deli” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This year we added two new items – Reuben Sandwich and Falafel – in addition to Kosher Hot Dog, Bagel with Cream Cheese, and Bagel with the Works. On October 14, 2017, we will again sponsor, “Deli Nite” for the Community.
On October 26, 2017, we will be presenting to the Community, a one-act play starring our own Rabbi. He will be giving the performance at the Nevada theater.
Sisterhood, Men’s Club, and Youth – These groups enjoy social activities, educational events, and fun. We encourage membership from the NCJCC and the Community.
The Sisterhood meets the first Thursday of each month at 12:30 pm for a social get-together, then a business meeting is followed by a program. It also sponsors a women-only book club that meets the second Monday of each month at 1:30 pm, at the home of a member, to discuss a previously selected book.
The Men’s Club meets the second Sunday morning of each month that Sunday School is in session. Both men and women are encouraged to join. The Club usually has a speaker, and bagels, lox, the trimmings, and orange juice are served for $5.00.
The youth group, GROOVY, has many fun activities and is involved with the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and Tzedakah projects.
We have a highly dedicated Board of Directors, of which more than half are parents of the children in our Sunday School. We have fantastic staff and volunteers, and a very active membership. We look forward to meeting new friends, spending meaningful time together, and expanding our opportunities to share Jewish experiences in the Foothills. Please help us share our great community with others so we can continue to grow.
We welcome you to join us in Jewish worship and activities. You can go to our website at www.ncjcc.org to keep informed of all our activities. To our members, thank you for your tremendous support. To our visitors and potential new members, welcome and join us.
I wish you and your families L’Shana Tova, a happy and healthy New Year.
Eva Joy Lamm-Ruben, President