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December 2004 Kislev/Tevet 5765 Volume 2 Issue 1

Serving the English speaking community of Modiin and the surrounding neighborhoods

In and Around the City

One Year Later:

By: Alex Weinreb

An Interview with Moshe Spector, Mayor of Modiin

Earlier this year, I passed a ruling that Hanukkah is the official holiday of the City of Modiin. In celebration, Modiin will host eight continuous days of special shows and events. Several people, whose names deserve mention, have organized this year’s program. They are: Alon Schmidt – Manager of the Department of Culture, Meir Shimoni – Manager of the Education Department, Dr. Dalia Doron – Director of Schools in Modiin, Nomi Druckman – Heritage Consultant, Dina Karmona – Assistant General Manager, Idit Schwartz, Orna Magaer – Head of the Cathedra and Reut Cohen. The following is a schedule of events for the week of Hanukkah.

By: Daniella Hellerstein and Caryn Meltz ModiInfo had the honor of interviewing Mayor Spector after the completion of the mayor’s first year in office. ModiInfo: Having served as the mayor of Maccabim and Reut, how is your service as mayor of Modiin different? Mayor Spector: There is no comparison. Maccabim and Reut are small towns and Modiin is a city, which is estimated to be the fourth largest city in Israel. ModiInfo: Why do you think Modiin is such an attractive place to live?

Tuesday, December 7, First Candle of Hanukkah

Mayor Spector: Modiin is attractive because of its location from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem: 30 km to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in each direction. In 13 months there will be a train from Modiin to Tel Aviv that will take 17 minutes. The train to Jerusalem will take 22 minutes. Because of its unique location, Modiin weather is also more comfortable. It’s cooler than Tel Aviv in the summer and warmer than Jerusalem in the winter.

Schools and families will march with torches from the Rabin School to the site of the ancient synagogue of Um el-Omdan (located along the Latrun-Modiin road). We have also invited schools from other areas such as Shoham, Chashmonaim, Kibbutz Gezer and Chevel Modiin to participate. When the marchers reach the synagogue, a light and sound show will take place on the mountains in that area. In addition, we will light a Hanukkiah and the Modiin men’s choir will perform. The evening’s highlight will be the lighting of bonfires atop the mountains by the various youth groups in the city. The bonfires are reminiscent of those used to signal the arrival of Rosh Chodesh throughout the Continued on page 5

ModiInfo: What are your plans for increasing Aliyah to Modiin, already a popular place for immigrants from abroad? Mayor Spector: I recently spoke with Rabbi Joshua Fass of Nefesh B’Nefesh to discuss ways we may work Continued on page 4

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Happy One-Year Anniversary

Thank you to all our advertisers for making this year possible. Dear Readers, We are pleased to have reached the milestone of our first year. It has been a thrilling and satisfying achievement. We are proud to be a part of this wonderful community and to be able to contribute to the lives of those who have made Aliyah. We look forward to spending another year with you, our readers, to bringing you the articles that interest you and the advertisements you want to know about. As always, we welcome your comments and feedback and hope you will continue to contribute to the Why We Live in Israel and recipe columns. Thank you for the success of ModiInfo, still the only publication serving the English speaking community of Modiin and the surrounding neighborhoods. Best wishes for a joyous Hanukkah, Daniella Hellerstein and Caryn Meltz Co-publishers and editors 052-6404 414, 052-3868-76 Graphics by Ellen Perlis 08-971-6012 Adar Building and Construction American Electric Amit Gal, Electrician Antartica Atalia’s Ceramics Studio Avi Cohen Hair Design Bonei Hatichon Café B’Kislev Chetzie Chinam Toys Chocolate Dreams Company Cohellet Coldwell Banker Country Kfar Daniel Country Shuk Cousins CSM Dalia Zack Designs Daniel Alman, Health Advisor Debbie Zimelman Photography Dr. Dan Cheifetz, DDS Dr. Josh Wachspress, DDS Ein Tikan Exterminator El Hamikorot Eliezer Ben Baruch Appliance Repair Ellen Perlis, Graphic Artist Face to Face Frisky Ittai Eren, Home Doctor

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Negotiating the School System

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What is an “Ivchun” and how do I choose the right kind? “Ivchun” is a word thrown around a lot in the school system so it is important to understand what it is and what its purposes are. An ivchun is an evaluation or assessment, and it has two main functions. Firstly, it serves to assess the level at which the student is functioning in relation to his peers. This is a mapping-out process that helps determine the child’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to the normal levels. Once the areas are understood, both by the parents, the school and the student him/herself, an appropriate program can be developed. A good plan will have elements that will exhibit the strengths as well as overcome the weaknesses. Another purpose for an ivchun is more bureaucratic in nature. It serves to objectively document the relevant issues of the student. In order to obtain many services, an ivchun must be provided. Examples of such services offered at schools are remedial teachers, speech therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy (and other emotional therapies). Ivchunim are also necessary for a child to receive special test taking accommodations. Examples of these are the provision of extra time, oral test taking, reading and explaining the questions, and tests on limited material. Theses accommodations apply from elementary school through high school where they take on even greater significance as they apply to the critical Bagrut tests. For the Bagrut tests, it is necessary to provide documentation over a long period as well as attempts at remediation. This documentation is submitted to a board whose job it is to verify that the disabilities didn’t just “spring up” in order to get easier test taking conditions. It is therefore important to save all documentation regarding your child.

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Ivchun Neurologi (Neurological): This is generally requested when the school feels that attentional issues are at play and that medicinal intervention would be beneficial.


Ivchun Didactic (Educational): This focuses on the child’s current academic levels in the main subject areas and recommends specific educational remediation programs and general scholastic accommodations. Ivchun Psychologi or Psychodidacti (Psychological or Psycho educational): This is the most comprehensive type of evaluation (I am admittedly biased). This assesses the cognitive abilities, learning styles, Continued on page 13 ModiInfo


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Mayor Spector, Continued from page 1

In terms of synagogues, we have no budget to build anymore at this time. The government has given us a limited budget and the majority of the money has to go towards the number one priority: education. Every year the government cuts our budget more and more. The municipality, along with many kablanim, has built a number of synagogues throughout the city. I encourage additional synagogues to be built through private funding.

together to make Modiin an even more comfortable place to make Aliyah to. This past summer, 27 families came to Modiin on Nefesh B’Nefesh. We decided to create a unique relationship between the Ministry of Absorption, the Modiin Municipality and the Jewish Agency. Through this cooperation, olim will know in advance what apartments, job opportunities and school options are available to them.

The list of community services available continues to grow. The library is ready to open momentarily. Of course, there will be an English section as well as other language sections aside from Hebrew. The first of six cultural centers is currently being built. It will have 600 seats and will be completed within 18 months. We are also building two more sports centers.

I have recently visited South Africa where a concerted effort is underway to encourage Aliyah from there to Modiin. In fact, 70 families are slated to come over the next year. I consider it a top priority to bring Jews to Israel - especially to Modiin - from all over the world. If 10 million Jews lived in Israel it would solve most of our problems, such as economic, security, and social. It is my goal to help bring them here.

ModiInfo: When you say that the municipality is not planning to build more synagogues, it may be interpreted as a hostile gesture toward the ever incresing dati population. Would it be a mistake to make that assumption?

ModiInfo: Modiin is growing so rapidly. How does the city keep up with the needs that go along with that, such as building more schools, synagogues, community services, etc.?

Mayor Spector: Absolutely. I may not wear a kippah but I come from an Orthodox home. My grandfather raised the funds to build the synagogue in Petach Tikvah where I was raised. My message has always been one of respect, love and mutual tolerance. I have relationships with the various rabbis in the city. The religious community comprises 20% of the population. About 90% of the religious population voted for me, so I think that’s a good sign.

Mayor Spector: Aside from Las Vegas, Modiin is the fastest growing city in the world. Four thousand homes are being built simultaneously. Two thousand homes are sold annually with a rate of 8-10,000 people moving in a year. I am pleased to say that with the tremendous task of providing schools for the ever-increasing number of children, the school year began without a single problem.

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ModiInfo: What are your plans to further develop Modiin? Mayor Spector: The Industrial Park is already underway. We want to create jobs for economic purposes as well as to present opportunities for people to work closer to home. A Maintenance Section is also being built where UMI and Renault will have offices. It is not just hi-tech that will be brought to Modiin, but industry in general. ModiInfo: Do you find that the citizens of Modiin are willing to do their share in making this a better city? Mayor Spector: The people of Modiin are willing to work for their community. This is my third term as a mayor and I have never before experienced such a high level of involvement from volunteers before. There are 32 amutot in the city ranging from assisting low-income families to cancer patients to schools and education. Residents also volunteer in Mishmar Ezrachi as well as many other capacities. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all those who volunteer and contribute on behalf of the city. The municipality itself works as a team. ModiInfo: Last question, how is your English so good? Mayor Spector: They asked me that question, too, when I was just in South Africa. I studied English in high school and continued to speak English to friends and colleagues. I also speak Arabic, Yiddish and some German. I have a knack for languages. ModiInfo: Thank you for your time and good luck with the coming year.

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Around the City, Continued from page 1

Tuesday, December 14, Eighth Candle of Hanukkah • At 14:00 at City Hall there will be a Hanukkiah and dreidel exhibition and an ancient Hasmonian coin exhibition. • A soccer game between the city and Maccabi Tel Aviv will take place at 18:30 at the Sport Center.

country during the period of the Second Temple. The Kohanim, who lived near Lod during that time, used to light bonfires on these actual mountains. The Sanhedrin sat on a high mountain near Lod, a mere 10 kilometers away. There, two witnesses would claim a sighting of the new moon. After determining the validity of the claim, the Sanhedrin would send messengers to Modiin to light the bonfires. Anyone wishing to participate should meet at the Rabin School at 16:00. In the event of rain, the march will be cancelled.

Other news: We are starting to plan a Modiin Heritage visitor’s center and archeological park at Um el-Omdan. Together with the Ministry of Tourism, I managed to secure a 47-dunam site on which to build the center. In order to secure the site of the ancient Beit Knesset, 167 apartments were cancelled. Architects and designers will be approached shortly to begin planning the park. Those looking to be partners in the establishment of the important historical center should please contact me at 972-6107 or

Wednesday, December 8, Second Candle of Hanukkah • At 14:00 there will be a lecture about the Maccabim followed by a tiyul. • At 17:30 there will be a performance of the children’s show, Seeds and Chewing Gum. It will take place at the Sport Center; tickets cost 35 NIS each. • At 18:00 the final round of the Modiin Heritage Contest will take place at City Hall. The preliminary contests have been held throughout the seventh grades of all the city schools. The top 12 winners will participate in the grand finale. Zohar Bar Am will be Master of Ceremonies and the mayor will distribute prizes to the winners.

Till next time and Chag Urim Sameach, Alex Weinreb, Deputy Mayor

Thursday, December 9, Third Candle of Hanukkkah • At 9:00 the chess championship will be held at City Hall. • At 16:00 there will be an Academic convention named after Yair Parag, one of those responsible for saving the archeological site, Tittora Hill, in Modiin. The top lecturers in the fields of archeology, history and Rabbinic literature will speak about Modiin and Hanukkah. Dr. Avshalom Koor will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The event will be held under the auspices of the Archeology Institute of Hebrew Union College. Friday, December 10, Fourth Candle of Hanukkah • A march called “From Generation to Generation” will be leaving Modiin at Tittora and continue to the Maoz Hamaccabim school. The elderly have invited the young people to join them on this walk that will culminate with a show by the Israel Opera. • The Dan Chamizer quiz about Modiin will be distributed in people’s mailboxes. First prize is a laptop computer, a weekend including plane tickets for two to Turkey and a free year’s subscription for two to the Reut country club. Shabbat, December 11, Fifth Candle of Hanukkah There will be a bicycle tour and walking tour of Modiin. The time and meeting place will be announced. Sunday and Monday, December 12-13, Sixth and Seventh Candles of Hanukkah Two days of Hanukkah activities for children and adults. Sports Center, 35 NIS per ticket. Called the Chashmoniada, it will take place from 16:00-19:00.

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Jewish Jocks By: David Nachenberg After the success of Zevi in judo and Gal Fridman in windsurfing in the Athens Olympics over the summer, what have Jewish sports stars been doing?

Basketball: David Bluthenthal, who played for Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, got a taste of the NBA, and was the first African-American Jew in the league. He played in the pre-season before being cut from the Sacramento Kings. The last Jewish player in the NBA was Dan Schayes, a 6’11” (2.12 meters) center that played 18 seasons from 1981-1999. Detroit Pistons’ head coach Larry Brown is hoping to win a championship again this season.

Baseball: For the third consecutive year, Jewish players have been on the World Series championship team. Gabe Kapler and Kevin Youkilis helped the Boston Red Sox this season. Their opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals, also had a Jewish player on the roster – Jason Marquis. In the last three years, four out of the nine Jewish Major League players and a Jewish coach have been awarded World Series rings. They were 2002 Anaheim Angels’ pitchers Scott Schoeneweis and Alan Levine; 2003 Florida Marlins’ coach Wayne Rosenthal; and 2004 Boston Red Sox OF Gabe Kapler and 3B Kevin Youkilis.

Bowling: Mel Wolf cashed in 7 out of 8 PGA Senior events this year. He earned $6,750 and averaged 204 pins per game in 2004.

Ice Hockey: Aaron Brand is one of several Jewish minor league players in Canada and the U.S.A. He is one of the stars on the Port Huron (Michigan) Beacons of the U.H.L. When I asked him what his career goals are, he responded, “to win a championship (and) to play hockey as long as I can.” Brand also said that he would be honored to be picked to play for Team Canada in the 2005 Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Golf: Bruce Fleisher cashed in 27 out of 28 PGA Senior events this year. He has earned over $1.5 million and his best round in 2004 has been a 64!

Hopefully, like the original Maccabees, the “Modern Maccabees” of the sports playing fields around the world will enjoy victory this season.

Figure Skating: The lovely Sasha Cohen won the Marshall’s World Figure Skating Challenge in 2004.

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The Consumer Corner It’s worth a try By: Sammy Fejbusch all affected clients in addition to the plaintiff.

Some of the most frustrating situations in daily life can occur while interacting with a commercial or mortgage bank.

If you believe that you have a strong case against your bank, you should consider using the free assistance offered by the Bank of Israel at the following contact numbers: Public Complaints Officer, Banking Supervision Dept., P.O. Box 780, Jerusalem; Tel: 02655-2680 Fax: 02-655-2668 (no e-mail address for complaints yet).

People sometimes feel they are no more than a (account) number when complaining about bad service or financial damage as a result of the bank’s mistake or intentional abuse of a situation. In such circumstances, the Bank of Israel is offering assistance to clients who feel their bank has wronged them.

Complaints can be filed in Hebrew or English. Make sure you attach any relevant document to your fax. They will get back to you within 10 days with an initial reaction. Although there is no guarantee of success, it is definitely worth a try.

According to a survey published by the Banking Supervision Department at the Bank of Israel, clients filed more than 4,000 complaints against their banks during the year 2003. Almost one third of these complaints were found to be justified and resulted in financial compensation. Over the last two years, the Bank of Israel has instructed the banks to return some 54 million shekels to clients as a direct result of these complaints.

If you would like this column to address a specific topic or answer your questions, feel free to e-mail Sammy at: Sammy Fejbusch is the founder of New Insight Consulting Ltd. advising corporate and private clients on financial issues. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA in Finance from Hebrew University.

The most common issues for complaints were current account management, mortgages, cheques and fees. When an individual complaint affects many clients, the Bank of Israel orders the relevant bank to reimburse

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South African Aliyah to Modiin By: Haim Miller

these fairs. Together with Jewish Agency emissaries, they flew to South Africa to launch the fairs. There was a high response rate in all places they visited.

In the year 2003, the South African Zionist Federation together with the World Jewish Agency Aliyah Department in South Africa, decided to set up a program in South Africa for encouraging Aliyah directly to Modiin. The Israeli headquarters, known as Telfed, are located in Ra’anana. The Telfed’s Modiin project was officially launched on November 25, 2003 in Johannesburg followed by meetings in Cape Town. Chana Ofik, a former emissary of Telfed in South Africa represented the Modiin municipality, the Jewish Agency and Telfed. About 100 families signed up for Aliyah, but regrettably, only four actually came. The project did not succeed.

In Johannesburg, they were to address about 70 people at the Aliyah fair, after Minister Ehud Olmert addressed an audience of 700 people. Olmert arrived late, so Mayor Spector and Beverly took the opportunity to address the 700 people, instead of only 70 at the fair. As a result, a pilot tour of the Modiin region was established. Forty-two South Africans arrived on the November tour. Deputy Mayor Alex Weinreb, together with Haim Miller, chairman of the regional committee, guided them on a tour of the Modiin region.

In February, 2004, the Telfed decided to set up a regional committee in Modiin. The aim was to have better communication with the municipality, to create a data bank of all former South Africans living in the Modiin region (there are about 65 families) and to assist newcomers by twinning them with those living here, according to profession.

As a result of the mayor’s trip to South Africa, a general get-together of former South Africans living in the Modiin region, was held at the municipality building. Attendees including Mayor Moshe Spector and deputy mayors, Alex Weinreb and Michael Harlap. Guests from the South African Zionist Federation, Jerusalem and Ra’anana regional committees also attended. The meeting was addressed by Mayor Spector and Mr. Solly Sacks, Director of the Federation and Chairman of World Mizrahi.

In October, the Aliyah Department of the Jewish Agency, together with the South African Zionist Federation, organized Aliyah-to-Modiin fairs in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Mayor Spector, and a member of the local regional committee, Beverly Ehrlich, were invited to address the communities at

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Hanukkah Comes Alive at Neot Kedumim By: Beth Uval A great miracle happened here – Yes, right here in our own Modiin region, homeland of the Maccabees. A walking tour of Neot Kedumim – The Biblical Landscape Reserve brings our most “local” holiday to life. As Beth Uval, one of the reserve’s English-speaking guides, explains: “When we look at this landscape, we can imagine how the Hasmoneans grew up, tending their father’s sheep in these rocky hills. They undoubtedly knew every cave, every tree, every rock. It was this intimate knowledge of the terrain, along with their religious faith, that equipped them for their miraculous victory over a vastly larger and,056560 ‫בס״ד‬ armed military force.”


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Continuing up the hill, we deposit our olives in a reconstructed ancient press and, with effort, turn the massive, 2,000-year-old stone that crushes the olives. The next step is packing the crushed olives into special round baskets, and placing them under a large tree trunk or an iron screw press that squeezes out the oil. Nearby, a group of schoolchildren are busy producing oil by an even simpler method: they crush the ripe olives with stones and squeeze out the oil by wringing the crushed olives in cloth. Then they make simple lamps from clay, with a wick they have spun from raw sheep’s wool.

In a comfortable cave, equipped with benches, we light the clay lamps our guide produces from her bag. “Hanukkah comes at the darkest time of the year,” she notes, “close to the shortest day, the December 21 winter solstice, and on the 25th of Kislev, toward the end of the lunar month, when the moon is waning. At this time of the dark of the sun and the dark of the moon, we celebrate the Festival of Light, adding light every night.” We conclude our tour at the special exhibit of lighting materials mentioned in the Mishna and Talmud. Continued on page 13

“This was the original ner,” Beth points out. “When we read about ner in the Torah, this is what it means.

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Fascinating People:

encouraging Jolie to grab onto every moment, learn, develop, love life and live for today. As a business executive, Ruth, instilled some valuable business principles which Jolie applies to her family - “time is money and to keep a sense of urgency”.

The Schockett Family By: Ora Blank Meet Modiin residents Jolie and Howie Schockett. Some people know them and have become their friends, some people have heard of them and their fascination with their family. It’s not their 12 biological children - yes, TWELVE - that makes them extraordinary, but the parents, Jolie and Howie, and the time they take to squeeze everything in.

Jolie spent her childhood in a religious school environment and became religious at Bat Mitzvah age as she found a father in G-d. She met Howie in Brooklyn on a double date where they were with their respective other halves and they didn’t speak to each other at all that night. Years later, they met again in Israel. As Howie was leaving Israel and Jolie had come for the year, they wrote dedicated letters to each other. They both wanted a big family. In addition to their own children, Jolie was adamant about taking in and caring for foster children. Over the years they have housed 10 foster children.

The first thing I noticed about their home is that it’s spotless. When I commented to Jolie about it, she laughed and said, “We have many people to clean it”. She is a tour guide (0524-486-604) and manages to study Rambam, Moresehet Modi’in, and Boker Nashim at the Cathedra, tourism in Jerusalem and takes exercise classes at the Matnas. Howie runs his own coffee shop and successful catering business, Schockatino Catering (02-566-7787).

As a person she’s charged, motivated, and goal oriented. As a hobby, she makes gorgeous quilted keepsake photo albums (which can be ordered in a variety of colors for different occasions) and silk floral arrangements for smachot. Her proudest accomplishments are her marriage and children. She loves planning trips with the children. Does she see herself as a mentor in childrearing? No, but sometimes others do. She sees herself like everyone else, learning along the way. Continued on page 11

Surprisingly, Jolie is an only child. She grew up secular in Bayonne, New Jersey. One of the most difficult obstacles she had had to overcome was dealing with the passing of her father when she was seven years old. Her experience taught her that life is precious and she should maximize her time. Jolie’s mother, Ruth Dran, is a source of strength; building confidence and

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Schockett Family, Continued from page 10


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Family is the most important part of their lives. How do they get their kids to accept their goals and ideology? Jolie and Howie talk all the time. They continually discuss their children’s development. They brainstorm. If they don’t agree on a united front and tactic, but do agree that the children should hear one voice, it is Jolie who acquiesces. She knows that they have a common goal and she wants to instill in the children a sense of a strong father figure. They do everything together as a family, from eating dinner together to learning languages on Shabbat and practicing choral singing. They provide special time with each child.

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Every child has a job in the house. They follow the monthly posted schedule of who’s mom’s right hand every day. The right hand has an alternate back-up in case something comes up. Daniella (17) keeps the closets neat and tidy; Elianna (16) is in charge of laundry and chooses children’s clothing for the next day; Aviva (14) picks up the children from maon and makes the midday snack for the next day; Benny (13) picks up kids from maon on alternate days and washes the meat dishes at night; Ariel (11 1/2) picks up Ma’ayan from gan and washes the dairy dishes at night; Shirel (10) sets the table for lunch and dinner and clears off; ElHanan (8) is the sanitation engineer, dog feeder; Shachar (7) entertains the 2-year-old and 5-month-old; Yona (6) is the sanitation engineer in training; Ma’ayan (4) makes sure the shoes are organized; Levona (2) provides work; Yarom (5 months) smiles, laughs, and coos.

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5. FIFO - first in, first out. Fast food terminology that applies to leftovers. 6. Absolutely NO PLAY until room is cleaned, turn out lights when you leave a room.

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7. Be on time - curfew Let’s not forget Jinny, the dog, she takes it all in stride. No lack of love in this house.

Whether it be the holiday season, An everyday meal, occasion or event. You'll walk out in style, And know it's worth every cent!

Ora Blank is from Montreal, Quebec, living in Modiin for the past four years as a housewife and story writer. Before leaving for Israel she worked in real estate for three years. While studying English Literature at Concordia University, Ora wrote imaginative stories about everything and anything.

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Synagogues in Modiin

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By: Michael Harlap

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The City of Modiin lacks a great number of synagogues in addition to public buildings and facilities. We lack kindergartens, day-care facilities, cinemas, classrooms, etc. The Modiin municipality is trying to raise funds from the various governmental offices and other organizations in order to build the necessary public facilities in the city.

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The government criteria required to finance the building of synagogues is based on the number of apartments in a neighborhood. As the religious population of Modiin is at the moment 20% of the total population, it is obvious that two synagogues per suburb is not enough, and we will have to build more synagogues for the benefit of all the inhabitants, both religious and non-religious.


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I would like to appeal to the entire community: anyone who is interested in financially contributing to the building of a synagogue in this thriving city, please contact me, so we may promote the importance of Batai Knesset so central to this community.

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Wishing you all a Happy Hanukkah,

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Neot Kedumim, Continued from page 9 Mishna Shabbat, chapter 2, deals with the oils, wicks, and vessels that may be used for the Shabbat lights, our guide explains. Wicks and oils that do not burn well were forbidden. If the flame was weak, it could go out, and the commandment of the Shabbat lights would not be fulfilled. From the 20-odd plant, animal, and mineral materials mentioned in the Mishna, it is clear that almost anything available was pressed into service to produce light. Castor oil, fish oil, and fat from a sheep’s tail are among the fuels mentioned. Wicks were made from flax, other plants, and even algae. Visitors to Neot Kedumim have the option of either self-guided tours along marked trails, or tours with a guide tailored to the particular group. There are special programs for Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations, and the Wedding Trail, lined with verses from the Song of Songs and romantically lit at night, is especially popular during the summer. During Hanukkah, Neot Kedumim conducts special activities for the whole family (see ad page 5). For information on tours and programs at Neot Kedumim, call 977-0770 and see

School System, Continued from page 3

the evaluation when the appropriateness of special education is being considered, however, they generally do not have time to conduct evaluations in order to develop individualized educational plans within the regular class.

attentional issues, and emotional components. An integrative picture is obtained that helps understand the reasons behind the individual strengths and weakness and an appropriate course of action is recommended. Only a psycho-educational evaluation enables a student to receive all test accommodations on the Bagrut test. A psychological evaluation is also necessary in order to obtain eligibility for special education. School psychologists through the Iriyah will typically conduct

Rashi Kuhr is a licensed educational psychologist who works in schools as well as conducts psychoeducational testing and provides therapy to children and their family’s out of his clinic in Modiin. 08-975-1156.

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A, 2

Hanukkah Crossword Puzzle By: Ruth Hellerstein and Penina Meltz (3rd Grade)


Down: 1. We light on it on Hanukkah 2. A toy we play with on Hanukkah 3. We grate it to make latkes

1 C

Across: A. Yummy kind of cake we eat on Hanukkah B. We make it out of olives C. We light them on the Hanukkiah D. The upcoming holiday


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Recipe Corner Carrot Latkes (a yummy alternative to potato latkes) By: Daniella Hellerstein

This year try something a little different. Ingredients: 6 medium carrots, peel and shred (to save time, you can buy bagged grated carrots) 1⁄2 cup of flour 3 eggs 1 grated onion (this you have to grate yourself) 1⁄2 tsp baking powder 3⁄4 tsp salt Oil for frying Mix it all together and fry. They’re great dipped in a little gvinah levana too. Don’t just save them for Hanukkah – your kids will enjoy eating them all year round!

Candle Lighting December 3/20 Kislev Parshat Vayeshev Candle lighting 16:14 Shabbat ends 17:14

December 10/27 Kislev Parshat Meketz Shabbat Hanukkah Shabbat Mevarchim Candle lighting 16:15 Shabbat ends 17:15

December 17/5 Tevet Parshat Viyigash Candle lighting 16:17 Shabbat ends 17:18

December 24/12 Tevet Parshat Viyechi Candle lighting 16:21 Shabbat ends 17:21

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