Shalom Chaverim:

It has been a busy few weeks during lockdown with celebrating Pesach quickly followed by commemorating Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron, and then celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, all from the safety of our ‘bubbles’.

[Inge Woolf QSA and Steven Sedley MNZM, Founding Director and Founding Chair (respectively) of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, light 6 memorial candles during the ZFNZ’s national online 2020 Yom HaShoah service to remember the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Shoah.]

Whilst having to do all of these ‘virtually’ it did mean we had the opportunity to come together nationally as a community, something that rarely happens. The feedback we had for all three ‘Yom’ events has been incredibly positive.

The ZFNZ Exec would like to thank everyone who sent in videos or posts for Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, and who played for our online concert for Yom Ha’atzmaut. We would also like to thank everyone who joined in from their homes.

Additionally, a special thanks to Idit Forster, our Office Manager, for helping to get in all the recordings and for sending out all the readings. It was also great to see our immediate two past shlichot, Roni Israeli and Stav Rogel, take part in the Yom HaZikaron service direct from their homes in Israel.

38th World Zionist Congress

The World Zionist Congress convenes once every five years in Jerusalem, bringing together over 2,000 Zionist activists from around the world, and is the supreme ideological and policy-making body of the World Zionist Organization. It represents the entire political and religious spectrum of the Zionist movement and is the largest democratic exercise in the Jewish world today

New Zealand has been allocated one place and elections will be conducted by the ZFNZ. A separate communication will be sent in the coming week specifically on this, so please watch out for this important piece of information.

History of Modern Israel

In association with the ZFNZ, Rabbi Ariel Tal from the Wellington Jewish Community Centre is starting a new mini-series about the history of modern Israel.

Learn about the fascinating behind the scenes stories of Ben Gurion’s famous declaration of the State of Israel, how the Israeli Rabbinate was formed, and get a glimpse into the wars that shaped Israel of today, 72 years later.

In Part 1 (see flyer above) the Hon. Alfred Ngaro will be presenting on the New Zealand Army’s involvement in the War of Independence in 1948.

Join us on this Zoom link.

Meeting ID: 847 3391 4200

Password: 031598

New Zealand finalist in The Israel Forever Foundations’s ‘My Herzl International Youth Essay Competition’

Our very own Yedidya Friedler, son of the AHC’s Rabbi Friedler and of Shiri Friedler, entered an essay on the Shoah into the The Israel Forever Foundations’s ‘My Herzl International Youth Essay Competition’. Amazingly, but to those of us who know Yedidya not at all surprisingly, Yedidya was chosen as one of the finalists.

Please click on the link here to read Yedidya’s essay and make sure you vote for him and ask others to vote as well. The prize for the winner is a trip to Israel to attend the 38th World Zionist Congress in Israel in October (COVID19 permitting).

Limmud NZ 2020 – Early bird tickets are now available! 

Kia ora Limmudniks! We are excited to announce that tickets are now available for this re-imagined online 2020 LIMMUD experience:

6 – 14 June 2020 (two consecutive weekends). Sessions will be listed on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Speakers from New Zealand, Australia, Israel, the US, and more will deliver 120 incredible sessions online. The programme will be released mid May

Sessions will be available to view via Zoom, which is free to download on any computer, tablet, or smartphone

Limmudniks from all across New Zealand and Australia are invited to attend and participate in LIMMUD OZ + NZ

Early bird tickets are $18 AUD for full online festival access – this means both weekends, what a bargain! Two weeks prior to the event, tickets prices will go up ($36 AUD).

Tickets can be purchased through the LIMMUD Australia website or click below!


And finally….

After years of its water levels being alarmingly low, Lake Kinneret is back in all its full glory!

(LAKE KINNERET as seen from Tiberias (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons) and appeared in the Jerusalem Post here)