Rabbi's Message

Temple Sisterhood Season’s greetings everyone!

As we prepare for the secular New Year and enjoy the last spark of Chanukah light, we look forward to continue filling our congregation with even more warmth and loving-kindness this Winter.

Parsha Vayigash:

On Saturday, Jan. 4th, we will celebrate parsha Vayigash which details the emotional end to the perilous journey of Jacob’s sons in the Land of Egypt. In the previous chapters, we read in great detail about the animosity among Jacob’s sons, which was rooted in the womb. Jacob had fallen in love with Rachel but was tricked into marrying her sister, Leah. Eventually Jacob was able to marry Rachel as well. Despite being less favored, Leah was successful in bearing 6 sons and a daughter, while Rachel had fertility issues, eventually giving birth to Joseph and Benjamin. In an age when a woman’s worth was closely tied to her fertility, the disparity in childbirth numbers only added to the tension that already existed within the family. This animosity reached a horrific pinnacle when Jacob’s sons sold Joseph into slavery and lied about his death to their father. The tragic series of events brought immense shame and sadness to Jacob’s family, which was only rectified after a famine forced the family to migrate to Egypt, back into the arms of their estranged brother. Joseph’s savviness and ability to showcase certain skills and leadership qualities made him successful in Egypt and thus able to help to his struggling family.

This timeless story illustrates the problems of sibling rivalry and the unhealthy competition it breeds, but it also showcases the value of perseverance and the power of hope and forgiveness. Joseph, despite the hardships of slavery, jail, and the stress of a high-profile role in Egypt, never stopped dreaming of seeing his father again. While Joseph enacted some sweet revenge against his brothers, he also inevitably forgave their atrocious behavior, which enabled the family to reunite. Parsha Vayigash inexorably also teaches us that it is never too late to forgive someone, especially the ones we love.

Support Group Reminder:

Tifereth Israel will begin its first support meeting on Sunday, Jan. 26th from 12-1 pm. This support group will approach loss from a spiritual and pastoral perspective, and while it is not a substitution for therapy or counseling, it can serve as a starting point for healing.

Support Group Meeting

Kosher Wine Tasting:

On Saturday February 8th, we will host a Havdalah and kosher wine tasting. Thanks to our co-sponsor, Wine on the Vine, we will sample several rich Israeli wines and enjoy some light music and hors d’oeuvres. As always, if you have any questions, comments, ideas, and would like to chat, please feel free to email and we’ll chat further.

Kol Tuv,

Student Rabbi David Joslin;

Places in Israel - The Clandestine Immigration

and Naval Museum

The Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum is located at 204 Allenby Street in the Kiryat Eliezer section of Haifa, directly across the street from the Carmelite Monastery, the Stella Maris Church (where the Carmelite order originated), the Carmelite Cable Car, and the Cave of Elijah.

A major part of the museum tells the story of the efforts to bring Jewish immigrants to Palestine during the years 1934 – 1948 when the British Mandate was in operation. This chapter in Israeli history deals with Jewish clandestine immigration and the right to settle in the Holy Land. It is one of the cornerstones of the establishment of the State of Israel. In this area are: historic documents, newspaper clippings, photos, original models, audio visual materials and films. Located here is the clandestine immigrant ship, the Af al Pi Chen (In spite of all that), which serves both as an exhibit and also as the venue for a sound and light show. The Af al Pi Chen is a converted American tank-landing craft which carried 434 Holocaust survivors and was intercepted by the British. Its passengers were then interred in Cyprus.

Britain vigorously fought attempts to bring these clandestine immigrants into Palestine and out of 63 clandestine ships that tried to run the British blockade after the end of World War II, all but 5 were intercepted and their holocaust survivors were deported to Cyprus. The Af al Pi Chen has been preserved in its entirety - both its external structure and its fittings and accessories. What's more, in the ship's lower deck, reconstructions have been made in the original bunks, the water distribution point and the radio control room (code-named 'Gideoni').

One wing of the museum is devoted to the history of the Israeli navy, whose roots go back to the clandestine immigration operation. Included in this naval display are photos, certificates, sketches of skirmishes with the British authorities, models of the ships, and examples of arms and weaponry which were used in naval warfare during that time. In the yard which leads to the entrance of the museum, is the bridge of the Israeli submarine, the INS Dakar, which sank with the loss of all hands in 1969. The bridge was retrieved from the water at the site where it sank. The entrance hall has a number of important exhibits, including a model of the famous immigration ship, the Exodus.

The museum contains numerous ships, equipment and items of naval significance relative to the post World War II Israeli Navy. In the 1950s, Israel's navy fleet first set sail and, commando ships were gradually becoming more and more refined. By the end of the decade, Israel established its flotilla of submarines. Israel's navy played its part in the Sinai War, even gaining significant reinforcement from an unexpected source to add to the already-existing number of destroyers. One of the most important exhibits dating from this time period is a depiction of the surrender of the Egyptian destroyer, the Ibrahim Al Awal, which can be found on the original table of the ship's combat center. Next to the table are several items which belonged to members of the naval commandos who captured the ship.

Another museum section deals with the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s. Israel suffered stinging naval failures in the Six Day War, following which the Israeli navy implemented dramatic changes which culminated in the truly astounding victories of the Yom Kippur War.

Another section of the museum describes the progress of the Yom Kippur War, the coastal bombardment against the enemy and the fighting in the area of the Red Sea. In addition, there is a depiction of the operation known as 'Peace in Galilee,' which became the First Lebanese War (1982), as well as the war against terrorism. One of the most important exhibits in this section is a tank, one of eighty such tanks which were captured in 2002 on the terrorist ship, the Karine A.

On the grounds of the museum are displayed several very large items, which are too big for the museum itself. These are heavyweight guns and cannons which made history, enemy ships, terrorist boats and, at the far end, the INS Mivtach, the first Israeli missile boat.

Shown below are photos taken at the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum

Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum

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