Rabbi's Message

Temple Sisterhood Shalom everyone,

I hope that everyone is safe, healthy, and is enjoying the late spring weather.

We are continuing with the new normal, but are preparing for the reopening of our Temple to regular services - See the President's Message. If you're one of the few who must go to work, please know we appreciate your essential efforts in keeping our country going!! So, in the spirit of making peace with the way of the world, we are going to continue to put our best foot forward as a Jewish community.

We have been hosting some services on the internet via ZOOM, the most recent being the Shabbat/Shavuot service on the last Saturday morning in May.

Feel free to view our Facebook page, which will have information posted and check for updates.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me, by email, text, or phone call. I am always available (even more so these days) and would love to hear from you.

Stay positive and Shabbat Shalom,

Student Rabbi David Joslin

A Bit of Israel – Beit HaShomer Museum

     The Beit HaShomer Museum is located in Kibbutz Kfar Giladi in the Upper Galilee. The museum tells the history of the Bar Giora underground security organization, which was established in 1907 to guard the Jewish settlements from Arab attackers. Bar-Giora later became the HaShomer movement, which was the precursor to the Israel Defense Forces - the IDF.

     In 1907, young European immigrants founded the Bar Giora secret organization, named for the leader of the great revolt against Rome.

     Prior to this, the Jewish communities hired Arabs for protection. In 1908, there was a rise in Arab nationalism and the Jewish guards were in great demand. In 1909, the Bar Giora movement became the Hashomer Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel Watchmen) movement.

     In 1916, the Hashomerim founded Kibbutz Kfar Giladi. After the Balfour Declaration in 1917, the Hashomerim was replaced by the Ahdut Ha’Avoda, in 1921 by the Hagana, and, in 1948, by the Haganah which became the official Israeli army – the IDF.

     The Beit HaShomer Museum is run by the IDF. The museum consists of a series or rooms and a video presentation which tells the story of one of the watchmen through his correspondences. The story in the video carries on from one room to the next, where artifacts from the watchmen and Hashomer movement are displayed. These artifacts include rifles, clothing, and photographs.

     Nearby - within walking distance - are the importaint historical sites of Tel Hai and the cemetery with the famous Roaring Lion that marks the burial site of Tel Hai's defenders. The museum is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday through Thursday. Cost of admission is about $5.00 for adults.

Beit Hashomerim

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