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Israelite Men’s Retreat 2017
Fri., Mar. 10th – Sun., Mar. 12th
3586 Horizons Way,
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO)
We are happy to welcome you to the 3rd Annual IMA Brotherhood Retreat! Come and enjoy a weekend of fellowship, praises and personal development with your Hebrew brothers from around the country.
- Cost per person: $135
- $50 Due Immediately
- $85 balance due by Feb. 6th, 2017
- Housing accommodations
- Meals and refreshments
- IMA Brotherhood T-shirt
- IMA Membership
Information / Reservations
In Remembrance of Chief Rabbi Levi B. Levy
Rabbi Eliyahu H. Yehudah
Will Speak On
February 18, 2017
Beth Elohim Hebrew Congregation
189-31 Linden Blvd
Saint Albans, NY 11412
Rabbanet Leah Yahonatan
90th Birthday Celebration
Sunday, January 8th
7350 Lowber Ave
PhiladelphiaÅ PA 19138
Israelite Community Vision Council (ICVC)
Tax Preparation Workshop
Saturday Night, January 7th, 2017
1006 Greene Avenue
Time 5:30 -7 p.m.
5:30 ICVC meeting all is welcomed – followed by Tax Preparation Workshop
RaY Max & Tax Accounting Services
Expert Consultant / Special Tips for Rabbis and Religious Organizations
*Over 35 years of Experiences in* Individual and Non-Profite
**There will be answer and question period.
Our Hanukkah at the White House
Rabbi Baruch A. Yehudah
On December 13th at 9:45 PM I boarded the plane bound for Washington, DC because the next day I had been invited by Chief Rabbi Funnye to join him, his wife, and their grandchildren to attend the eighth and final Hanukkah celebration at the Obama White House. As I arrived in DC and began the cab ride to the hotel it dawned on me how I was passing through history as the monuments, the Capitol, and the picturesque and ornamented federal buildings surrounded me. Neither the irony nor the accomplishment was lost on me that many of those same historical places had been built by slaves, and I was going to visit the White House where the first African American held the office of President of the United States.
The next morning, after a sleep that I suppose was too comfortable, I got out of bed and had breakfast with the Chief Rabbi and his family, and then we immediately went back to the hotel to prepare for this momentous occasion. Upon arrival at the White House we fell in line with the hundreds of invitees as we passed through the checkpoints. (One lady almost was thrown out as she announced to the Secret Service that she was going to be a problem; it was quite amusing). We entered the East Wing of the White House and were immediately greeted by the opulence of the historic home of ‘the people’. After passing the cloak room we could hear the chorus that we later found out was the Choral Ensemble of Princeton University. Once upstairs a military band was playing and the party itself was held in the East Wing Hall between the East Room and the formal dining room. I thought that I would feel a sense of awe as I crossed the threshold of the White House however, I did not. Perhaps it was because we were being escorted so quickly to our destination that I did not have time to take it all in.
Hundreds of people were gathered in the East Room awaiting the arrival of the President and the First Lady. While waiting, the guests were socializing and enjoying the fine appointments of the White House. The buffet in the dining room was exquisite, but much to my surprise there were no potato latkes and applesauce.
We went back to the East Room as the arrival of the President and First Lady was imminent. As people jockeyed for position in the room my height worked to my advantage and I had a clear view of the stage. Just then the announcement came…”Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States and Mrs. Michelle Obama”. As they took their place on the stage it all came together in my head, the White House, the trappings, the history; their presence. The room went from a loud roar to silence in an instant. The President Obama’s speech was inspiring and warm.
No sooner than the President had finished, Major in the Army who was part of the White House contingency came to get me. I didn’t know what he wanted as his directive to follow him right now was commanding. He led me, Kaleb Funnye, Jordian Dickerson and Zion Dickerson, the Funnye’s grandchildren, to the Blue Room where we were joined shortly by the Chief Rabbi. Then the highlight of the day, a different Major came in and said, “The President and Mrs. Obama will be in shortly”. We were all excited as we were given the rules of how to deal with this meeting. Then I heard President Obama’s voice as he came from the Green Room, and then he said “hey Michelle, Capers is here”. They went on to greet the Chief Rabbi and the children. When the President came to me and shook my hand I was affected by his presence. His dignity and sincerity was palpable. I managed to tell him, “G-D bless you sir and we thank you for your service and the dignity you have provided this country”, for which he graciously thanked me and then like a normal guy slapped my shoulder and said lets take this picture. As if that weren’t enough, the First Lady came extended her hand and as I took her hand she gave me a very warm hug as if we had been friends; I was humbled by their grace.
It is noteworthy that as the President passed staffers, including the wait staff he knew their names and was very personal, no airs or arrogance whatsoever. The staff that we spoke to made it very clear that they were going to miss the President and the Mrs. Obama simply because they are nice people.
International Israelite Board of Rabbis
Declaration of African Israelite Peoplehood
Article I We affirm our brotherhood with and membership in the Jewish people of the world.
Article 2 We affirm that all Jews are part of one glorious people without regard to race, nationality, or ethnicity.
Article 3 We affirm our African origin only as a means of identifying our historic connection with the Biblical Israelites. The Torah teaches us that God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his descendants. Jacob and his 12 sons settled in Egypt. There in Africa over the next 400 years we became Bnai Israel, “The Children of Israel,” or simply Israelites. At the time of Moses, these Israelites—who were all African people by birth for centuries—were delivered by God who led them through the wilderness, gave them the Torah, and brought them from Africa to the land of Israel. Given this oft repeated genealogy, no true Israelite can deny the deep African roots of our people.
Article 4 We accept and embrace those Jews who by reason of migration, dispersion, exile, slavery, or immigration have settled in and created beautiful Jewish communities on the continents of Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Article 5 We strongly affirm the Biblical prophecies contained in the Torah (Deuteronomy 28) and revealed by the prophets that foretold of a time when the Children of Israel would be scattered across the face of the earth, returned to slavery, carried in ships to foreign lands, lose knowledge of their true identity, and come to serve false gods until a time that the Creator shall chose to bring them back. Our existence is literal proof of these prophecies.
Article 6 We affirm that the Divine promise of the return of “lost Jews” is being fulfilled now by the spiritual awakening of dispersed people to their true Israelite heritage. The Torah refers to this Divine act as Shuvah (return). Those who are returning to their Israelite identities should not be treated like aliens (Gier) or strangers (Goyim), who must be converted. Instead they should be greeted as our long lost brothers and welcomed back into Kahal Yisrael following a process of purification, circumcision, education, affirmation of the oneness of the God of Israel, and a commitment live according to the laws of Torah. Although many of these steps are identical to a Halachic conversion, the distinction between Israelites who are returning to their faith and foreigners who wish to join the Jewish people for the first time is preserved. Following either method of induction, all Jews should be considered equal.
Article 7 We affirm that each Jewish community is unique and entitled to maintain distinctive traditions that collectively represent the true diversity of Jewish culture as long as these practices or beliefs are not in conflict with the fundamental tenants of Torah. No single branch of Judaism should exercise hegemonic control over any other. Each should be free to learn, borrow, and develop as their leaders deem appropriate.
We are The Congregation of B’nai Adath Kol Beth Yisrael, a home for all Israel, a home for anyone who seeks the truth of the living G-d. Our doors are always open and we are always ready to serve. And, our location in the heart of the Bedford Stuyvesant / Bushwick community, places our organization in a unique position to provide services for our community. This has always been one of the goals of the organization.
Regrettably, our building is in dire need of repairs. The foundation of the building is 277 years old and in desperate need of repair. We have temporary supports for the wall that needs to be repaired, however our goal is a COMPLETE rehabilitation of the building, modernizing the building, making the building easily accessible for our elders and giving us the opportunity to help our people even more.
In order to do that, we need help. Our annual fundraiser is in February, one part of our plan to raise money to rehabilitate B’nai Adath. We NEED your help if we’re going to rebuild our House.
The Night of Elegance Dinner Dance is on Sunday February 14, 2016 at 5 P.M. SHARP. Your $75 ticket includes:
Cocktail hour ( lasts from 5 pm to 6 pm )
Five course meal.
Proof of tax deductible donation.
There will be a live band, great music and a CASH bar. The food will be excellent; the company even more so. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you can’t attend the event we would appreciate any amount you can donate to our fundraiser. Please forward this invitation to any friends and family who would like to help us rebuild in order that we may continue serving the community.
“The History of Black Jews”
Rabbi Sholomo Ben Levy
Sunday January 17, 2016
10:00 – 12:00
118 South Grand Ave
Poughkeepsie, New York 12603