Greetings to all who are helping Panim el Panim in their holy work of saving the Jewish people.
As we approach the holiness of Shabbat HaGadol before Pesach, the entire Jewish nation is setting out on a journey to freedom and, G-d willing, toward the ultimate redemption. We should recognize the Divine spark that exists within each and every one of us and rejoice in it, actualizing our potential through our faith and our holiness.
Panim el Panim knows better than anyone the tremendous thirst that we are experiencing today for the word of G-d. Our nation is searching for an inner freedom, and this organization is answering them with faith and loyalty.
May we all be blessed to experience the renewal of G-d’s holy kingdom, and may all the challenges that stand in our way be removed in the blink of an eye.
from Colonel (Reserve) Geva Rapp
Spring is coming, Pesach is here – empowering us!
The spring of Israel’s redemption 5777 – taking us up a level.
No longer an infant nation, where everything flows naturally,
No longer a child, pushing away from purity and nature,
And no longer an adolescent nation, rebelling and kicking…
But now, for the past decade, we feel the time approaching,
That our people is now approaching adulthood,
And beginning to discover the Torah way.
No longer the wicked son, but not yet the wise son,
But knowing how to ask, and looking to connect,
Face to face – so that is our mission!
Person to person, in high school and in the army
Tell it to your children! In the cities and in the fields
Teach them Jewish texts, law, faith and values,
Not with an strong arm, but with an outstretched hand
Renewing Israel’s consciousness and existence.
If in the past all seemed obvious,
Today, the generation seeks Torah to drive it forward.
We have heard enough about empty culture wars!
With love and faith, we are opening the doors to all!
Supporting our efforts is not just spreading the light of our faith,
But truly partnering in the continued flowering of our Redemption!
Thank you G-d for planting us in this wonderful generation,
So we can work every day to bring about the return and the Redemption!
Greetings from Panim el Panim
Seder night is the special night when, according to HaRav Charlap, children return to their parents and parents to their children. On this night of returning and remembering, we are all links in the wonderful chain of Jewish generations, stretching back to the moment of exodus from Egypt. Parents and children, with the wisdom of age and the enthusiasm of youth, set out on a journey together. Central to Seder night is our yearning for the visit of Elijah the prophet, who is entrusted with "Returning of the hearts of the fathers to the sons and the hearts of the children to their fathers" (Malachi 3:24)
In recent months we have been fortunate to develop a stronger connection between young Israelis and the traditions of their ancestors. We recently organized a three-day seminar on Jewish identity for 11th grade students in Jerusalem, and we are continuing our educational activities with IDF soldiers. We are also involved in reorganizing our organizational focus and developing a clear development plan for the coming years.
Our fundraising and profile-raising activities have included events at home and abroad - in Efrat, Zichron Ya’akov, London and Brooklyn. The highlight of our activities will be the Musical Kabbalat Shabbat in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem, with the participation of the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, and the Commander of the original paratroopers who recaptured the Old City. This unique event will take place on Erev Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach at the King David Hotel. (Click here for further details)
We are continuing to widen our circle of supporters in Israel and around the world, and we are grateful for all your assistance in these endeavors!
We wish you and your families a Chag Kasher v’Sameach,
We have launched a new program called Mitgalim, meaning Discoveries, which brings together students and elderly people, including new immigrants, to learn about Judaism together. This program is now running in Tiveria, Tsfat and Karmiel, and we hope to extend it to other cities.
On Purim, the students were hosted for a festive meal by the program facilitators. In addition, 30 of the students participated in an educational and experiential tour of Jerusalem, where they explored the demographic mosaic of the city, including the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and Meah Shearim.
On International Women’s Day, we were invited by the Educational Division of the IDF to organize an appropriate event for the female officers. We organized a Challah Baking evening to explain the mitzvah of taking Challah. We received this message of appreciation from an officer who attended the event: “Thank you so much, it was a really worthwhile evening. The girls really enjoyed it enormously.” The pictures speaks for itself!
On Sunday 25th Adar, we held a profile-raising event in the home of our stalwart supporters, in Zichron Ya’akov, to explain the work of Panim el Panim and raise money for our programs. During the evening, Col. Geva Rapp described our various programs and the broad and positive impact that they are having. Thank you to all who participated. We would like to hold more parlor meetings in communities around Israel – please let us know if you have suggestions.
Our Ambassador to the United States
“In the middle of the Semester, I took my suitcase and set off for America. My friends didn’t understand why I suddenly needed to go and what could be more important than my studies!
“I travelled with Panim el Panim as a representative of the organization. I was fortunate to have enjoyed their regular lectures during my Army service in Military Intelligence, and I clearly recognized the tremendous benefit that I had received from these classes, which influenced me and made me who I am today. Because of this, I was very proud to represent the organization and give testimony about the impact of their programs.
“During my trip, I spoke to Jewish community groups in Queens and Brooklyn. I described my Army service and the experience of serving in the IDF. I described the Panim el Panim programs that I had been involved with and their tremendous impact on my life. In both communities, the audience expressed great interest in my story and in the work of Panim el Panim and its influence on soldiers like me.
"I spoke from the heart, putting aside the page of notes that I had prepared. I just told my story and explained, in the most honest and genuine way, how much I had learned from these programs, about their warm atmosphere, and how they have influenced my life in meaningful ways. Because I spoke so openly and from the heart, my words clearly had a great impact.
I am honored to be able to represent such a wonderful organization!"
You are invited to celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach at our unique Friends of Panim el Panim event in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem.
The program will reflect on the reunification of Jerusalem and the festival of Pesach, when we celebrate our nation’s freedom, and it will be an opportunity to support our Shabbaton programs for the IDF and spread the light and love of Shabbat with thousands of soldiers.
We will be joined by Mr. Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem, and the program will include musical entertainment and refreshments, plus presentations by Colonel (Reserves) Moshe Peled- Commander of the Paratrooper Company who liberated Jeruselem in the Six-Day War, Rachel Frenkel – mother of Naftali, one of the three boys kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in 2015, and Attorney L. Mark Zell – Chairman of Republicans Overseas, Israel Branch.
Please join us and invite your family and friends to come along – we are depending on our dear friends and supporters to make this event a huge success.
The event will take place on Friday April 14th, 2017 from 14:00-16:00. To reserve your place, please contact Keren at 052-873-9405 or email: email@example.com
Seminar at the Reali School
The Panim el Panim seminars that we run for the Reali High School movement have already become a tradition. This is the fourth year that we have organized these seminars. Last month we hosted two seminars in Jerusalem for 11th grade students from the Haifa Reali School. In total we addressed 13 classes, reaching a total of 420 students!
Naturally organizing such major events involves extensive preparations, from the technical set-up, to writing and adapting the content, and preparing the counselors to teaching the material. The seminars were clearly very successful. Both the teachers and the students got involved in the learning and were impressed and moved.
Here is an example of the feedback that we received from one of the teachers:
“I missed the opportunity to speak to you in person, so I am writing to thank you for a really high-quality Seminar, which was both stimulating and engaging. If the students absorbed even 10% of what you taught them, it would have been worthwhile! The personal examples set by the group counselors provided excellent role models of Jewish people and Jewish values. I hope that our students will reflect these values. Thank you for your excellent organization – it was an wonderful event!”