Our Hanukah party.
It was never called Bnai Avraham
Hanukah party. Iím not even sure if it is proper to include these past events
to this list.
However those parties were the
cradles of the idea of forming such a group as Bnai Avraham. The first time we
saw the necessity to call for an organization devoted to the needs of our
specific category of Yidden, was when we met on those events.
It started at home of one of our
dear friends, in†the Boro†Park section of†Brooklyn. In
later times we moved this event to a bigger room in one of the Boro Parkís Simcha Halls.
Some people are coming back every
year. Some people we saw only once or twice. Some people donít want to be
identified at all. One thing that we are sure about is,
that every year people come and
bring more and more children for whom we focus, when weíre thinking about the programs
for those Hanukah Parties.
At this moment it is more dream than plan. But we will work on it B-H and we
hope to have a Shabaton for us at the beginning of the next civil year. Exactly
when and where will be announced as we work everything out.
The general idea is
as follows: As Gerim, their spouses and children of Gerim, we have specific
experiences and needs. Some of us have problems that may be solved just by
meeting and schmoozing with people like themselves. We
want to spend Shabbos and maybe even longer with families and individuals who
feel the same necessity to give something to each other. We hope to have some
speakers from among respected Rabbonim that will talk about important topics.
services will be provided for all attendants, as will be meals. We are planning
to divide the groups of separate categories, such as: Experienced and new Gerim,
Spouses, and Youth, plus a Childrenís program. All groups will be meeting in
separate times and places according to Halacha and holly customs of Klal
Yisrael. Although people affiliated with Charedi communities will organize it
everybody is welcome. We understand that you may have different customs
matching that of your community and it is ok with us. We may always learn
something from each other. As usually we welcome new ideas and proposals.
more important piece of information. As we mentioned in other place all
activities are by volunteers. We have almost no funds. This Shabaton will be
necessarily to pay for. How much it will be we donít know yet exactly but the
cost per person should not be greater than $250.00 -$300.00 per person for two
nights including all the meals. As we will get closer to the event we will make
the calculations and let you know.
For the location of our Shabaton we will
choose one of the major Jewish communities or we will meet in some quiet place
where we will not be in focus of anybody. Meanwhile please†contact us †if you
interested to participate in our event, as we will create the list of willing
to come.† Also tell us about your preferences
regarding the location and as was said, any good ideas are welcome.