Thursday, 9 November 2017

Telfed Celebrates the Centenary of the Balfour Declaration

It never ceases to amaze me how many new pieces of information I can learn about my grandparents or family history. In truth, for Jews, the family history connects with the history of Israel, the history of the Jews and goes all the way back to Avraham and Sarah, the first Jews.

For anyone paying attention to the news, it is now 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and there are a variety of events taking place to commemorate this. A few days ago there was a talk given by Sir Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Here in Israel, Telfed hosted an event to celebrate the Centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

The event took place in the Arts and Music Centre in Raanana. When my mom noticed who the guest speaker was she became very excited and eager to attend. The guest speaker was Philip Weyers, executive director of the General Smuts Foundation in South Africa and great grandson of General Jan Smuts. Now came a surprise for me, had I known this and it slipped my mind? I'm not sure.

As it turns out, my late grandfather, Prof V.L. Granger was a friend of Janny Smuts, the son of Jan Smuts. His mother, my late great grandmother was friendly with Ouma, the wife of Jan Smuts. Always an opportunity to learn something of interest about one's family. It certainly serves as a reminder as to how important it is to have contact with one's grandparents and to take an interest in learning about their lives. You never know what interesting person was a friend or connection of your grandparent.

Well, equipped with this new insight about my family and their connections, off we traveled to Ra'anana. It's quite different to Jerusalem, for anyone who is sensitive just the energy itself is tangibly different. It was also quite amusing to hear so many with South African accents or speaking the odd word in Afrikaans. I've begun to become accustomed to hearing American accents, Israeli accents. Hearing Afrikaans is a novelty in Jerusalem, and hearing so many speak with South African accents is intriguing.

I was impressed that the Mayor of Ra'ananna, Zev Bielsky was the host. After some introductory speeches, relaxing to the classical music played by a South African Oleh, we had the opportunity to watch a short video taken in Israel around the time of the Balfour Declaration. Yes, there were Jews in Israel (or Palestine as it was called then) prior to WW2.

Finally the main speaker began. He has a wonderful sense of humour and I totally enjoyed hearing information about General Jan Smuts that I had never learned in South African History as it was taught at school. To my amazement and delight, I learned that Jan Smuts was a friend to the Jews. He was a good friend of Chaim Weitzman and had a belief that the Jews belong in Israel. Well he would have called it Palestine as was the name given by the Romans and in use at the time, but I prefer to call our Holy Land Israel.

I learned quite a few details about the Boer War and other aspects of South African history that I had not known before. Why were these interesting facts left out of our classes at school?
When the speeches ended and we began to file out of the theatre, it was fun to meet in person some people I had spoken to on the telephone or corresponded with via email. While most of the guests milled around and enjoyed a biscuit or cup of tea or coffee, we raced off to the bus station to get the last bus back to Jerusalem.

I must say I was grateful to be home in Jerusalem again. Whatever role the Balfour Declaration played in an increase of Jews returning to our land, it is incredible to be a part of the ingathering of the exile.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Latest News and Update at Welcoming Olim

It's been a while since I posted on this blog. No we have not disappeared, we have been busy, very busy. With the new year, it's a perfect time to introduce or reinforce some progress and development taking place. Before we share some updates, did you notice that the title mentions updates at Welcoming Olim and yet many of the updates are not on this blog? Well that is because the blog Welcoming Olim is a service offered by Chessed Ve'Emet.

If you knew that already, then do continue, if you are new to our blog, then welcome. The rest of this post will help you to gain some insight into who we are.

Firstly, do you know about our new website. Creations From Jerusalem is all about our artistic and creative products. We have tried a number of platforms along our journey and finally have our own website to showcase, promote and sell our products. We love to be creative in a number of mediums. So we invite you to visit this website, sign up for our newsletter and you can get to know about our latest products, specials and developments.

Next, we have progressed with the information we offer to Welcome Olim. We recognise that many who visit our blog are not yet Olim or have been here so long that they no longer regard themselves as Olim. We also have many ideas to develop and share. We are excited to introduce our Aliyah website. What is our website? Well, it's Everything Aliyah. Yes, it is all about Aliyah. Everything there is about Aliyah.

Do you have any questions related to Aliyah? Do you have any inspiring stories to share? We'd love to hear from you. We are working up towards offering podcasts and we would love to answer your questions, feature your stories or interview you. So, please do be in touch. Send in your questions, share your stories, your hopes and your fears. Most importantly, sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date with our latest developments.

Lastly, if you are familiar with our main websites, you will notice an important change happening there too. We have introduced a membership feature. This will enable us to continue providing quality articles, information and content in various formats. For you see, it takes time to prepare the articles, to search our suitable videos, links and so forth. By becoming a member of our websites you will have access to certain key articles. You will also assist us to concentrate on doing what we do best, which is to share valuable, quality articles and products. So we invite you to become a part of what we are doing and to sign up to become a member.

We hope you will enjoy and appreciate the changes, improvements and developments that are taking place at Chessed Ve'Emet and the various websites and blogs that we manage.

We look forward to hearing from you and to having your join our newsletter and websites

Have a wonderful 5778!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Raffling our Bridal Gowns in Jerusalem

We are in the process of closing our Bridal Gown Gemach. We have 31 gowns left of our 62 bridal gowns. The 2 Tuxedos have already found new homes as have the 8 Simchah gowns that we had. 

For the last 31 gowns, we have decided to hold a raffle. Here is how it will work.

If you would like to begin a bridal gown Gemach or if you would like to add to your bridal gown Gemach or if you have another need for bridal gowns, you may enter this raffle. The bridal gowns are all in Jerusalem and are to be collected in Jerusalem during our office hours of 9 am - 6 pm Sunday - Thursday.

Cost to enter the raffle is ₪50 per entry.
Person entering must be over 18 years old.

Payment is made via our website
A PayPal button can be found on the right hand side of the website about half way down. 

There will be a first, second and third prize as follows:

First Prize: 15 bridal gowns

Second Prize: 10 bridal gowns
Third Prize: 6 bridal gowns

The draw will take place at the end of Tu B'Av provided there are enough entries. There needs to be a minimum of 50 entries to draw. Multiple entries are permitted. 

When entering please send us your contact information and where you intend to use the bridal gowns. Please also confirm that you are over 18.

Here are two images of our gowns. All the gowns are modest but each is different.


Please share this raffle. For other posts about our bridal gown Gemach, please visit these posts:

Bridal Gowns for Sale in Jerusalem
Bridal Gowns for Sale in Jerusalem 2 

Good luck. Terms and Conditions apply.

Terms and Conditions:

Person entering must be 18 years of age and older
The draw will take place on 7 August provided we have 50 entries.
The bridal gowns must be collected by Midday 10th August.
Gowns must be collected during our office hours of 9 am - 6 pm Sunday - Thursday
If we do not receive 50 entries, the money will be refunded and the draw will not take place.

We look forward to receiving your entry and to drawing the prize. 

Shoshanah Shear


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