Sunday, December 9, 2012

What's Up, Efrat? Chanukah 5773

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Welcome to the What's Up, Efrat Chanukah edition.
There's so much to speak about, we hope this edition will encourage you to check out the Efratone and Gushpanka and find loads of great activities for your family.

First, we'd like to read a letter that we received from the Southern families who sought refuge here during the war.
"Thanks and great appreciation to residents of Efrat, especially the residents of 14 Rechov Yehuda HaMaccabee. Tremendous thanks and appreciation for all you have done for us - families who came from Ashdod to Efrat in the difficult days of the war.
For your contribution in bringing meals, helping with the laundry, the loan of a baby carriage, your shining faces and your sincere desire to help us.
Special thanks to Meir Alipur who donated his apartment to us. Our thanks to the Yad B'Yad gemachim, who helped us on such short notice.
Our blessings as well to Miri  Kelley and family who took care of the logistics,and hospitality, and all the Shabbat meals in her home.
Happy are you to live in a place filled with good people, who have been preoccupied with kindness and helping others. May we meet at smachot."

What's Up, Efrat? went out on location for Chanukah. Here's a peek at what's happening around town. 
The Aseh Chayil School held its Veshinantam Levanecha special parent-child learning recently. The children learned to deal with their fears through learning, sharing, speaking and prayer. Watch for a full video on the event.
The Efrat library will be open on Chanukah on Sunday and Wednesday from 3 PM to 9:30 PM. And on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Friday hours are as usual, 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM.

On Sunday, 25 Kislev, December 9th, the first day of Chanukah, Matnas Efrat is presenting ULTRA MADHIM, a show that will light up your day – 11 AM, at the Matnas.

The cast of ESTHER and the Secrets in the King's Court - Photo by Rebecca Flash Kowalsky, .
On the second night of Chanukah, Sunday, 26 Kislev, December 9, at 8:15 PM, join the women and girls of Raise Your Spirits for their smash-hit musical ESTHER and the Secrets of the King's Court. ESTHER is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an amazing production that has wowed its critics and audiences. To order tickets for Sunday's performance, or the next show on Thursday, December 27th, visit .

Efrat's religious scouts will be going on a camping trip from Sunday to Wednesday. While other youth will be enjoying a leadership seminar from Tuesday to Thursday.  And Bnei Akiva will be holding a Seminar from Wednesday to Friday.
On Monday, 26 Kislev, December 10th, join the One Israel Fun Chanukah Trip with Eve Harow. One Israel is traveling to the Hasmonean Hills to learn about the Chanukah story where it happened – Beit Choron, Neria, Neve Tzuf.
On Wednesday, 28 Kislev, December 12, Efrat residents 50+ are invited to participate in a trip to Jerusalem for an Adult Chidon Tanach, Bible Competition. It sounds great. Contact 9932936.
Or visit the Jordan Valley with One Israel on Thursday, 29 Kislev, December 13. Mevuot Yericho, the Einot Kedem Ranch, and more.
For more information, contact Zahava Englard 052-484-6034.
On Thursday at Matnas Efrat there's a Creative Workshop for Chanukah for children. Contact 9932936.
Zayit Raanan is having their annual pajanuka party on Thursday night, 6th candle, with arts and crafts, music, candle lighting, games, schtick, and a special slideshow of the kids of zayit. All children are invited to this fun evening. More information, Debbie Shohat at
Right after Chanukah, there'll be a three part series for parents of special needs children on Wednesday evenings in the Parent Empowerment Center:
December 19, 26 and January 2. The evenings will be informative and very important. Find out more by contacting Sharona Blank.
Also, there's going to be a Winter Happening for children with special needs and their families on Monday, January 7 from 4:00-6:00 pm in Aseh Chayil School with activities,a  show, dinner and a fire and light show.
RSVP to Sharona Blank 993-9315 at the Social Service Dept. of the Efrat Moetza or email 993-9315,
Also, Matnas Efrat is showing the not-to-be missed film, "Zohar HaRakia" on Motzei Shabbat 9 Tevet, December 22. And join Tzur Hartov on 16 Tevet, December 29th, for a Sing-along.

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