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Happy Hanukkah!Hannukah
!חנוכה שמח
This week we celebrate the radiance and warmth of the Hanukkah lights, which remind us of the strength of the Jewish people standing up for our beliefs.
As we read in the Hanukkah Haftora:

"לא בחיל ולא בכוח כי אם ברוחי אמר ה' צבאות"
                                               זכריה 6:4
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit 
says the Lord of hosts."
                                                       Zechariya, 4:6

Happy Hanukkah.

Rabbi Tzvi Graetz
Executive Director, Masorti & MERCAZ Olami

Tribute Event Silent AuctionTribute
Dear Masorti Olami Friends,

This Sunday, December 13, is our Annual Tribute Event at Park Avenue Synagogue in New York!!
If you have not done so already, please follow the link below to register and/or purchase your electronic journal ad to show your support for our honorees: 

Sharon & Rabbi Richard Hammerman; Claude Machline; Cantors Fredda & Jack Mendelson

Follow this link to purchase journal ads and/or tickets to the event:
Please also be sure to review our fantastic Silent Auction which includes:
Note: You do not need to be in attendance to win.
We greatly appreciate your loyal support to advance our worldwide Masorti Movement.
NOAMists all around the world wore their beloved NOAM shirts for International Wear a NOAM T-Shirt Day! Check out the colors, styles, slogans and languages that exemplify NOAM values and friendships.

Darkei NOAM Brazil SeminarDarkei
Darkei NOAM Sao Paulo, the young leadership training program, held their annual seminar in November. This intensive time together enhances their regular meetings by leading to dialogue on diverse topics and strengthening relationships as well as NOAM identity. These young leaders discuss a variety of issues that include diversity in the community, the role of the madrich in educating chanichim about Israel and Zionism and the use of social networks for bringing Judaism, Zionism and Israel closer to the chanichim.
Lech Lecha UK with Rabbi Ehud BandelLechLecha
Rabbi Ehud Bandel visited Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue Edgware and NOAM UK as a shaliach for the Lech Lecha Program. Masorti Olami and MERCAZ Olami partner with the WZO to send shlichim around the world, starting with Shabbat Lech Lecha, and continuing until the end of the year.  Shlichim visit kehillot, NOAM chapters, Jewish schools and Zionist organizations in order to foster connections to Israel and promote Aliyah.
Interactive Book for Jewish ChildrenBooks  
Linda Verő-Bán, Director of Education and the Rebbetzen at the Frankel Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, started to write and publish interactive books for Jewish children in 2007 because she felt there was a lack of modern books in Hungarian for Jewish children. Linda created an outstanding Jewish children's book series, which has been translated into multiple languages, and has helped thousands of Jewish families to learn and talk about Judaism in a pluralistic and fun way. 
Linda's books, which are available in Hungarian, English, German, Slovak, Russian, Romanian, Croatian and French, can be purchased online at

Celebrating with Rabbi Marcelo Rittner in Bet El Community, MexicoRittner
On November 30th, a very special event took place in Mexico City, attended by over 1,200 people. The Masorti Bet El Community celebrated 30 years with their Rabbinic Leader, Rabbi Marcelo Rittner. People flew in from all around the world to celebrate with him and greetings were received from Israel, from Christian clergy and from politicians. Rabbi Rittner built a 'Kehilla LeMofet', an exemplary community that engages in Chesed, Torah study and activities for children and youth, all while infusing those around him with his own passion and love for Judaism. This gala event demonstrated to Marcelo a little of the love that so many people have for him, both in his Kehilla and in our Masorti Movement around the world. Always with a smile, great humor and a good Jewish story, Marcelo epitomizes the ultimate Jewish Rav. 

Follow the link to see the event pictures, videos and article in Spanish: 
DubiNOAM arrived in Argentina in November!DubiNOAM 
DubiNOAM was welcomed by his fellow NOAMists and got right to work planning the NOAM-Elise Camp B'Yachad.
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