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Updated: 2017-11-21T13:03:16.181+02:00

 



Same Time Last Year: The First Phase of my Aliyah

2017-11-13T13:18:13.421+02:00

The following is the text of the second essay by Rivka that I read at her erev zikaron on Thursday night.  It was written in Israel, shortly after her aliyah.Same Time Last Year: The First Phase of my Aliyahby Karin Rivka ZuckermanAfter graduating from college, there's always a period of turmoil, which, if you're lucky, ends at some point.  Meanwhile, all of those questions that we manage to successfully avoid while in college suddenly loom ahead of us.  Where am I going to live?  What am I going to do?  Do I really have to get a job?  Luckily, when I graduated, I had some direction:  I would live somewhere in Israel, I would work in something in education, and . . . a job?  Basically, I had no idea where I was going or what I was going to do, except that, unlike most of my friends, I was going to do it in Israel.  A few months later I got off the plane in Israel and began my new life.The first thing I did (besides getting over jet-lag) was to call my friends and let them know that I'd arrived.  Talking to friends that I hadn't spoken with for two to four years was very exciting.  Nothing, however, matched my feelings when, after they asked me for how long I would be in Israel, I answered "I'm here permanently!"  With each time that I told another friend, the meaning of what I was saying became stronger for me.  I finally made it.  I am finally home.Now, coming home might sound glorious, but it's really not as easy as it seems.  To begin with, it's frustrating!  Zionism is a great ideology, but it doesn't tell you how the country works or even what bus will get you from the central bus station to the Hebrew University!  I spent a year in Israel five years ago, but I was a tourist then;  I wasn't trying to establish myself.  This time is different.  This time there's a challenge:  to build my life in a country that I've always called home but in which I am a stranger.Like so many other people, I've always felt "at home" in Israel.  However, being "at home" implies a natural understanding of the way things work, which no Jew, even with a college education, can have without actually living here.  For instance, I need to learn how to get a license and open a bank account.  Sure, I can figure these things out, but that's not the point.  The point is that all those little pieces of information about life that I've stored up in my brain over the course of my 24 years are irrelevant to me here.  It won't take long (ceratainly not another 24 years) to compile a new store of information, however, in the beginning it's tough.Learning how to get things done in Israel is not always just a matter of pride or convenience.  Sometimes being a stranger can mean that you don't know how to respond to a situation that demands immediate response.  During my second week in Israel, I happened to be sitting in a park in Jerusalem with a friend of mine (also, coincidentally, a Barnard graduate) when a kid on a skateboard tried to jump a wall, missed and hit his head on the wall while taking a pretty serious fall.  There weren't many people around that day and, though a few people looked to see what happened, no one seemed to know what to do.  I went to check on the kid, who was hurt and needed help.  Well, I know that in New York you call 911 in emergencies, and I know that in Israel you call Magen David Adom, but I don't know what number to call in Israel.  Luckily, there were people around, so I told someone else to call and everything worked out fine for the kid (who's probably out, even now, trying to conquer that same wall).  I, on the other hand, was very shaken up afterwards.  I immediately set out to memorize all emergency phone numbers.  But I began to wonder, what other basic information am I lacking that I might need to know?  What if nobody else were around?The learning process is usually not quite as traumatic as the story I just related.  Often, learn[...]



I am a Zionist

2017-11-13T13:15:30.066+02:00

The following is the text of the first essay by Rivka that I read at her erev zikaron on Thursday night.  It was written in America, about a year before her aliyah.


Monday, June 20, 1988
1:41 AM

I am a Zionist.  Without Israel I am nothing.  I am a Jew and have always been proud of that fact.  That is why I am a Zionist and always will be.  I am part of a stiff-necked people, not a meek religious group, but a fiercely proud nation.  We were not always fierce but we have always been stubborn and we have refused to disappear.  We have a country now and it's ours once again but there are those who would trade it for the golden calf.  They see Israel as a place to visit, perhaps once in a lifetime, perhaps every winter.  Or if there is a war, then, suddenly, these people are willing to risk their lives, or at least their money.  They have nothing to lose, without Israel, their lives are lost and their money worthless.  The war will come, but it will arrive too late for their money, or their willingness to die.  The war will come because we have turned our backs.  We, the Jews, have closed our eyes, pretending that we just don't see how much Israel needs us there now, not to fight, but to live & work on the land we claim is ours.  But we are not ready to live and struggle in our land when our lives are so comfortable in a foreign land.  So we suppress our love for our land and our guilt at abandoning it, and call this foreign land home and ignore all the signs that reveal the truth.  We are not home, we are in the guest house and we have already overstayed our welcome.  Our house had been destroyed, but now it is restored.  Our hosts are already subtly hinting that it is time for us to go home.  Yet our hosts are not ready to forcibly show us the door, not yet.  Soon they will scorn us because we have shown that we lack pride.

We have decided that we no longer need Israel to be comnplete Jews.  We reject the idea that we are a nation even as we reject the idea that we are a religion.  We can ignore the idiosyncacies of prayers to G-d to return us to our land even though we possess the ability to return on our own.  We divide ourselves into natonalists vs. religionists even as we know that without both, which are really one, we are nothing.  And we are silent even when we know that there is a need to call out.

In just over one year I will be breaking away from everything that I have ever held to be of value.  I am leaving the country where I have been raised, a country that I love and understand.  I am leaving the people I have known since birth and the friends that I have made along the way.  And I am leaving the people who mean the world to me, my family.  I am leaving them because they won't come along, though I pray to G-d to make them change their minds.  In some ways, I have most wanted my friends to join me.  But I have only cried and prayed for my family.  I need them.

So how can I leave & why am I writing this?  Because Israel is my home, because I am a Jew, because my parents taught me to be a Jew and because if I am not proud of who I am then I am nothing.  I am not, and refuse to be, nothing.  I am a Zionist.




Rivka's essays

2017-11-13T13:20:50.271+02:00

Several people have asked me for copies of the two essays by Rivka that I read at the erev zikaron.  In response to the popular demand, I am posting them online.  I am pleased to present the first new material by Rivka on her blog in seven years. 🐸
Moshe




Thank you!

2017-11-13T13:46:47.600+02:00

Thank you to everyone who came to the erev zikaron on Thursday evening.  It is heartwarming to see so many people coming together to remember Rivka.

Thank you to Rabbi Professor Jeffrey Woolf, for your fascinating shiur.

Thank you to Charlie Kalech and Steve Leavitt, for your help in publicizing the event.

Thank you to Joshua Wander, who livecast it on Facebook.

Thank you to Pelech, (both of our daughters' alma mater), for allowing us to use your building and auditorium, and to Tzion, the av bayit, for helping set things up and clean up afterward.

Thank you to Louise Olswang Fox, for your work on the book in Rivka's memory, which will be available soon (tfu ftu tfu 🐸).

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with refreshments, with setting things up, and with other things.

Thank you to everyone who came to the aliyah l'kever on Friday morning.

And thank you to those who weren't able to come, but watched online, and/or were with us in spirit.

Shavua tov!

Moshe




Erev zikaron for Rivka - 5778

2017-11-05T14:24:22.625+02:00

We will be holding an erev zikaron (memorial evening) for Rivka, on the evening of the seventh anniversary of her passing.

Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Woolf will be giving a shiur in Rivka's memory on the following topic:

"Loving Israel: Really and Virtually"

The shiur, as well as the rest of the evening, will be in English.

Everyone who would like to come is welcome and invited to attend.

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday evening, 21 Marheshvan / 9 November
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Pelech High School
Rehov Yehudah 31
Baka, Jerusalem
(See here for a map.)

For everyone who would like to help bring refreshments, please enter your name alongside what you can bring in this spreadsheet.

We are also planning to livecast the erev zikaron on Facebook.  You'll be able to find it here.

Please pass along this message to anyone who might be interested.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you who will be coming.

Moshe


P.S.:  We will be making an aliyah l'kever (visit to Rivka's grave) the following morning (Friday, 10 Marheshvan / 22 November), at 10:00 am.  (Details regarding the location and prayers can be found here.)  We would like to ensure that we have have a minyan, so if you can come, then please let me know.



Erev zikaron for Rivka - 5777

2016-10-31T00:52:00.643+02:00

We will be holding an erev zikaron (memorial evening) for Rivka, on the evening of the sixth anniversary of her passing.

Rabbi Chaim Brovender will be giving a shiur in Rivka's memory.

The shiur, as well as the rest of the evening, will be in English.

Everyone who would like to come is welcome and invited to attend.

Here are the details:

Date: Monday evening, 21 Marheshvan / 21 November
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Pelech High School
Rehov Yehudah 31
Baka, Jerusalem
(See here for a map.)

For everyone who would like to help bring refreshments, please enter your name alongside what you can bring in this spreadsheet.

Please pass along this message to anyone who might be interested.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you who will be coming.

Moshe


P.S.:  We will be making an aliyah l'kever (visit to Rivka's grave) the following morning (Tuesday, 21 Marheshvan / 22 November), at 9:00 am.  (Details regarding the location and prayers can be found here.)  We would like to ensure that we have have a minyan, so if you can come, then please let me know.



Erev zikaron for Rivka - 5776

2015-10-30T13:33:55.805+02:00

We will be holding an erev zikaron (memorial evening) for Rivka, on the evening of the fifth anniversary of her passing.

We will be screening a talk given by Rivka in 2009, on the topic of "Coping with Adversity".

Everyone who would like to come is welcome and invited to attend.

Here are the details:

Date: Monday evening, 21 Marheshvan / 2 November
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Pelech High School
Rehov Yehudah 31
Baka, Jerusalem
(See here for a map.)

For everyone who would like to help bring refreshments, please enter your name alongside what you can bring in this spreadsheet.

Please pass along this message to anyone who might be interested.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you who will be coming.

Shanah tovah & hag sameah!

Moshe


P.S.:  We will be making an aliyah l'kever (visit to Rivka's grave) the following morning (Tuesday, 21 Marheshvan / 3 November), at 9:00 am.  (Details regarding the location and prayers can be found here.)  We would like to ensure that we have have a minyan, so if you can come, then please let me know.



Thank you!

2014-11-15T18:28:18.607+02:00

I'd like to thank everyone who came on Thursday night.  It's very comforting to be able to spend the evening of Rivka's yahrtzeit with so many friends who knew her so well.

And thank you to Dafna and Lisa, for the wonderful talks that you gave.

Thank you also to all the people who helped out with refreshments, with setting things up, and with other things.

In addition, I want to thank everyone who came to the aliyah l'kever on Friday morning.

And thank you to those who weren't able to come, but were with us in spirit.

Shavua tov!

Moshe




Erev zikaron for Rivka - 5775

2014-11-04T00:09:46.632+02:00

We will be holding our annual erev zikaron (memorial evening) for Rivka, on the evening of the fourth anniversary of her passing.

Dafna Siegman will be giving a shiur in Rivka's memory on the following topic:
 
"What Can We Gain by Studying the Stories of the Avot and Imahot?"

Dafna Siegman is a teacher of Tanach at Nishmat and serves as an educational consultant for the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

The shiur, as well as the rest of the evening, will be in English.

Everyone who would like to come is welcome and invited to attend.

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday evening, 21 Marheshvan / 13 November
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Pelech High School
Rehov Yehudah 31
Baka, Jerusalem
(See here for a map.)

For everyone who would like to help bring refreshments, please enter your name alongside what you can bring in this spreadsheet.

Please pass along this message to anyone who might be interested.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you who will be coming.

Shanah tovah, hag sameah, & Pitka tava,

Moshe


P.S.:  In addition, we will be making an aliyah l'kever (visit to Rivka's grave) the following morning (Friday, 21 Marheshvan / 14 November), at 10:00 am.  (Details regarding the location and prayers can be found here.)  We would like to make sure that we have have a minyan.  If you can come, please let me know.




Erev zikaron for Rivka - 5774

2013-10-14T11:09:41.515+03:00

We will be once again holding an erev zikaron (memorial evening) for Rivka, on the evening of the third anniversary of her passing.

Rabbi Yitzchak Lifshitz will be giving a shiur in Rivka's memory, on the topic of "memory".

The shiur, as well as the rest of the evening, will be in English.

Everyone who is interested is welcome and invited to attend.

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday evening, 21 Marheshvan / 24 October
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Pelech High School
Rehov Yehudah 31
Baka, Jerusalem
(See here for a map.)

In addition, we will be making an aliya l'kever (visit to Rivka's grave) the following morning (Friday, 21 Marheshvan / 25 October), at 10:00 am.  Details regarding the location and prayers can be found here.  If you're planning to come to the aliya l'kever, please let me know, so that we can make sure to have a minyan.

For everyone who would like to help bring refreshments, please enter your name alongside what you can bring in this spreadsheet.

Please pass along this message to anyone who might be interested.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you who will be coming.

Hodesh tov,

Moshe




Refreshments for erev zikaron

2012-10-25T18:04:57.186+02:00

Thank you once again to all those who have generously offered to bring refreshments to the erev zikaron for Rivka. To everyone who would like to help out with this, please enter your name alongside what you can bring in this spreadsheet.

A special thank you to Idit Amir, who is organizing the refreshments.

Shabbat shalom,

Moshe




Erev zikaron for Rivka

2012-10-25T18:01:25.405+02:00

We will be holding an erev zikaron (memorial evening) for Rivka on the evening of the second anniversary of her passing.

Dr. Aviva Cayam will give a shiur in Rivka's memory, on the the topic of "Parenting in Jewish Sources".

The shiur, as well as the rest of the evening, will be in English.

Everyone who is interested is welcome and invited to attend.

Here are the details:

Date: Monday evening, 21 Marheshvan / 5 November
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Beit Boyer synagogue
Rehov Efrata 35
(at the end of the street on the right side)
Talpiyot, Jerusalem
(See here for a map.)

In addition, we will be making an aliya l'kever (visit to Rivka's grave) the following morning (Tuesday, 21 Marheshvan / 6 November), at 9:00 am. Details regarding the location and prayers can be found here.

Please pass along this message to anyone who might be interested.

I look forward to seeing all of you who will be coming.

Hodesh tov,

Moshe

P.S.: Several people have already asked me about volunteering to bring refreshments. Thank you! I will post a link to a spreadsheet for that soon.

Also, I am looking for someone who can lend us a microphone (with a stand, preferably) and speakers to use for the evening. If you can help with this, please let me know.




Eden’s team for the Komen Race for the Cure in memory of Rivka

2012-04-19T15:27:10.899+03:00

The following is from the Eden Center, which is dedicating its team in this year's Komen Jerusalem "Race for the Cure" in Rivka's memory:2012 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - Thursday, May 3, 2012What: Join Eden’s team for the Komen Race for the Cure in memory of RivkA MatityaWhen: May 3, 2012Where: Jerusalem, Gan Sacher to the Old CityWhy: To have a great time, raise awareness and support a good causeHow: Contact Abby Sacks at abbysacks@gmail.com, 0544481461; register online for Eden’s team http://www.komen.org.il/UserRegistration/StepGroups.aspx?l=heOr donate at https://www.israelgives.org/amuta/580521185RivkA was a woman of great passion and inspiration. Outgoing and upbeat, RivkA tackled every task with a sense of purpose and a love of life. These qualities shined through and infected those around her in everything she did, from her advocacy of breastfeeding and involvement in La Leche, to her Tupperware sales, to her three years of blogging on her Coffee and Chemo blog. When RivkA passed away just over a year ago, not only was she missed, but her life left its mark on all of us.The day before RivkA passed away, Komen -- an international organization that promotes breast cancer research, prevention activities and finding a cure (www.komen.co.il) -- held its first ever event in Israel. Many of RivkA's friends participated on her behalf as a way of praying for her recovery. Despite her former differences with Komen, RivkA was happy they came to Israel and comforted knowing that so many friends were at the race supporting her and raising awareness.Komen is again holding a 3-4K “Race for the Cure” event in Jerusalem this year. The date of the run/walk is Thursday, May 3, 2012. It's a fun day, and great way to raise awareness about breast cancer.The Eden Center has dedicated its team participation in memory of RikvA. Eden (www.theEdenCenter.com) is an organization whose aim is to empower and enrich women’s lives around the mikveh. Eden eventually hopes to build a mikveh center in Jerusalem, but is presently focusing on programming that facilitates a welcoming and enabling mikveh experience and promotes a holistic sense of wellness for women. One expression of this is Eden’s sponsorship of the Meneket RivkA breast pump lending center (see www.meneketrivkA.org).RivkA shared with Eden a strong belief in the importance of women’s body awareness and health, and encouraged the vision of creating a center around mikveh. Thus, participation in Eden's Komen team is a way of remembering RivkA and supporting the Eden concept (as RivkA did).We would love for you to join the team and run/walk with us! Feel free to also invite friends along.If you can't make it on the day, you can still show support for RivkA by registering online to participate virtually.Alternately, you can make a donation* or sponsor a friend’s walk to give support and pay tribute to the memory of RivkA at https://www.israelgives.org/amuta/580521185How to register:Email or call our team coordinator Abby Sacks at abbysacks@gmail.com, 0544481461, or register for the עדן team at http://www.komen.org.il/UserRegistration/StepGroups.aspx?l=he[*] To clarify, Komen’s registration fee is ₪20; sponsorship donations will go directly to Eden. 2012 צעדת סוזן ג'י קומן - צעד גדול לבריאות (Israel Race for the Cure) - יום חמישי, 3 מאי, 2012 מה: הצטרפות לקבוצה של עדן ב"צעדת קומן- צעד גדול לבריאות" לזכרה של רבקה מתתיהמתי: 3 מאי 2012 איפה: ירושלים, גן סאקר לעיר העתיקה למה: כדי ליהנות, לתמוך, להעלות מודעות לנושא חשוב איך: ליצור קשר עם אבי סאקס ב[...]



Refreshments for erev zikaron

2011-11-12T21:54:50.284+02:00

Several people have asked me if they can help out with bringing refreshments to the erev zikaron this Thursday. If you would like to help with this (and thank you!), you can enter your name and what you can bring onto the spreadsheet at this link.

If you have any questions about this, you can contact Idit Amir, who is organizing it, at this address.

Shavua tov, and see you on Thursday,

-- Moshe



Erev zikaron for Rivka: Details and some thoughts

2011-11-03T01:37:56.348+02:00

As previously announced, we will be having an erev zikaron (memorial evening) for Rivka on the evening of the first anniversary of her passing. Everyone who would like to participate is welcome and invited to attend.

Here are the finalized details:

Date: Thursday evening, 21 Marheshvan / November 17
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Shalom Hartman Institute
Main Beit Midrash
Rehov Gedalyahu Alon 11
Jerusalem
Directions are available here, and on Google Maps here.

In addition, we will be making an aliya l'kever (visit to Rivka's grave) on Sunday morning, 23 Marheshvan / November 20, at (tentatively) 9:00 am. (This is the date on which Rivka's yahrtzeit will be formally commemorated this year.) Details regarding the location and prayers can be found in the post about our last aliya l'kever, here.

I want to thank all the people who responded to my request for photos of Rivka, to be used in the presentation we're making. I apologize that I haven't had the time to thank everyone individually. And to anyone who has some good photos but hasn't sent them to me yet: I'm still interested, and would be very happy to receive them.

Finally, a few thoughts that I'd like to share about the upcoming evening:

All of us miss Rivka tremendously, so it is obvious (and fitting) that we will feel sadness and loss on the night that we gather to remember her together. But at the same time, I hope very much that there will be happiness as well, and an opportunity to smile and laugh as we remember all the good times that we had with Rivka.

In her blog post entitled No Droopy Eyes Please, Rivka wrote the following:
"Okay, so here is the deal: I don't want people to look at me with sad, 'droopy' eyes.
I don't want people to think of me and feel sad.
...
I know that when you first hear the news, it's a bit of a shock. So it's okay to be sad in the beginning... But don't stay there!
...
So here's what I want:
When you think of me, be happy.
When you see me, smile."
Of course, Rivka wrote the above words in reference to herself during her lifetime. But as all of us who knew Rivka understand, she would most definitely ask for the exact same thing after her passing as well.

Now don't get me wrong: On the evening of the erev zikaron, I don't expect that any of us will be able to fully comply with Rivka's request for "No Droopy Eyes". But even through our "droopy eyes", we can and should remember to also be happy when we think of her, and to smile when we see her (in photos, or in our memories).

I look forward to seeing you all in two weeks.

-- Moshe


P.S.: I am sending this message by email to a long list of Rivka's friends, but it is far from being an exhaustive list. So please, make sure to pass along this message to anyone who might be interested.



Save the date

2011-10-26T01:32:26.854+02:00

As I mentioned a few days ago, there is going to be an erev zikaron (memorial evening) for Rivka. It is going to be held on Thursday evening, 21 Marheshvan (November 17). I have not yet finalized the location, but it will be in Jerusalem, and I will let you all know as soon as it's finalized (hopefully within the next couple of days).

Please pass along this message to anyone who might be interested.



Wanted: Photos of Rivka

2011-10-21T00:32:34.083+02:00

Y and I are preparing a slideshow presentation of photos of Rivka, to be shown at the erev zikaron (memorial evening) that we will be holding in another month. (More info on that to come shortly.)

We are looking for good photos of Rivka. If you have any, we would very much like to use them. (We're particularly short on pictures of her from the old "frisbee chevra" days [late '80's and early '90's].)

Ideally, we'd like to get the photos in digital form. If you only have prints but are willing to scan them for us, you'd be helping us out tremendously. If you aren't able to scan the prints but can lend them to us, then we'll try to scan them ourselves.

So if you've got good pictures of Rivka for us to use, please send them (or links to them) to this address.

Thanks!

Moshe



12 months

2011-10-18T22:21:28.378+02:00

This coming Friday (23 Tishrei / 21 October) [Isru Hag], marks the 12-month anniversary of Rivka's burial. (Note that this is not the yahrtzeit: The yahrtzeit is the one-year anniversary, which will be a month later, on account of the past Hebrew year having been a leap year.)

Family and friends will be visiting her grave Friday morning at 11:00 am, to recite Tehillim (Psalms) and Kaddish. All who wish to attend are welcome.

The Tehillim and prayers that will be recited can be found here. (For "שם הנפטר"/"Deceased name", enter "רבקה". For "העדה"/"Congregation", choose "אשכנז". Then click on "חפש"/"Search".)

Rivka's grave is at the following location in Har HaMenuhot (Givat Shaul):
גוש צ', חלקה ק"א, שורה ב', קבר 1
(block צ', plot ק"א, row ב', grave 1)
We will gather first by the gate at the entrance to the cemetary.

If you are planning on attending, please leave a comment on this post, or send an email, in order to help us ensure that there will be a minyan present.

Please pass along this message to anyone who might be interested.



A Celebration Honoring the Life of RivkA

2011-03-15T23:55:32.833+02:00

The Jerusalem Twitter and Blogging Community Would Like to Invite You To A Celebration Honoring The Life Of RivkA Matitya For the Benefit of Meneket RivkAA New Breast Pump Lending Center (Gemach) and Consultation Service Thursday, March 2420:00 at the Inbal Hotel Twestival 2011 A Fun Night of Comedy, Music, Games, Films, Socializing and More Featuring The Music of Kolot Jerusalem Women's A Cappella Comedy by Lisa Gold and Benji Lovitt Improv by Hahafuch Kolot Lisa Gold Benji Lovtt Hahafuch Minimum Donation: NIS 50 Adult;NIS 30 Child; NIS 200 Family 100% of the funds collected will be donated to Meneket RivkA About Meneket RivkA Meneket RivkA is a memorial tzedakah (charity) project in honor of RivkA Matitya a Jerusalem blogger (Coffee and Chemo), activist and educator who died of breast cancer this year. To honor her life and as a tribute to all that RivkA gave to us, the Twestival organizers have decided to support Meneket RivkA at this year's Twestival donating 100% of the funds raised to help establish this worthy cause. Meneket RivkA was conceived of by RivkA's friends, students and teachers to serve a cause that she truly believed in, carried out in association with the Jerusalem Breastfeeding Center and the Eden Center, and with the blessing of RivkA's family. Among RivkA’s many passions was breastfeeding education and support. As a La Leche League leader she inspired many women, both to breastfeed their children as well as to become breastfeeding educators and lactation consultants themselves. RivkA believed very strongly that breastfeeding, and breastfeeding education, should be accessible to everyone. She did not receive payment for her services, and offered breastfeeding help to anyone and everyone, even in the final weeks leading up to her passing. As a tribute to RivkA's passions, and belief in the importance of women's body awareness and health, an unique new service: "Meneket RivkA", a "Gemach" (Lending Center) for top-of-the-range Breastmilk Pumps for new mothers in need of such equipment but unable to afford it was founded in her memory. For more information visit their websiteAbout Twestival Twestival® (or Twitter Festival) uses social media for social good by connecting communities offline on a single day to highlight a great cause and have a fun event. Twestival is the largest global grassroots social media fundraising initiative to date. Since 2009, volunteers have raised close to $1.2 million for 137 nonprofits. All local events are organized 100% by volunteers and 100% of all ticket sales and donations go direct to projects. Twestival was born out of the idea that if cities were able to collaborate on an international scale, but work from a local level, it could have a spectacular impact. Over 200 international cities from Buenos Aires to Bangalore, Seattle to Seoul and Hong Kong to Honolulu have participated in Twestival. For more information visit Twestival.com and Jerusalem.Twestival.com Our Local Sponsors Please daven (or send happy thoughts) for the memory of RivkA bat Yishaya HaLevi.With love and optimism, RivkA's family[...]



Shloshim

2010-11-28T13:07:25.039+02:00

This coming Monday (22 Kislev / 29 Nov.) marks Rivka's shloshim (thirtieth day since burial). Rivka's family and friends will be visiting her grave that morning at 10:00 am, to recite Tehillim (Psalms) and Kaddish. All who wish to attend are welcome.

Update:

The Tehillim and prayers that will be recited can be found here.

Rivka's grave is at the following location in Har HaMenuhot:
גוש צ', חלקה ק"א, שורה ב', קבר 1
(block צ', plot ק"א, row ב', grave 1)
[Note, however, that we will gather first by the gate at the entrance.]

If you are planning on attending, please leave a comment in order to help us ensure that there will be a minyan present.


May RivkA's family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Please daven (or send happy thoughts) for RivkA bat Yishaya HaLevi.



A New G'mach - In Memory of RivkA

2010-11-10T10:37:37.368+02:00

The following initiative is being launched by RivkA's friends, with the blessing of RivkA's family.Dear All,We want to tell you about an amazing Tzedakah/Charity opportunity we are launching in RivkA's memory: A Breastmilk Pump Lending Service (Gemach) to serve the women of Jerusalem and region with top-of-the-range, new pumps.The idea for the Gemach came from RivkA’s friend Noa Hirsch-Choritz, a certified lactation consultant, during the funeral while Moshe recounted the story of RivkA breastfeeding her youngest daughter while hospitalized. It suddenly became clear how we could honor RivkA's memory with something she was truly passionate about. While there are various pumps available for hire, no service currently exists in Jerusalem offering modern, high-quality pumps (the kind that lactation consultants recommend to patients). This was something that RivkA- a staunch breastfeeding advocate, educator and La Leche Leader- wished to change.And so, the Gemach idea has taken shape. "Meneket RivkA", (the name chosen for its biblical reference, meaning "Rivka's Wet-nurse") will be initially housed in the Jerusalem Breastfeeding Center in Talpiot, with a satellite branch in Gush Etzion. Uniquely, lactation consultants will provide free professional consultations, “fittings” and advice for each woman renting the pumps, which will be loaned at a nominal charge based on models provided by other successful pump gemachs around the country.We hope to raise enough money to purchase up to 20 pumps, incorporating several models. We've built an initial budget and have plans for strategic growth together with The Eden Center, the mikva/women's center project which RivkA wholeheartedly supported.It is envisaged that Meneket RivkA is developed over time into a full-service breastfeeding center, providing subsidized lactation consultations, La Leche League support groups, pre-birth breastfeeding classes and of course, low-cost/free breastmilk pump rental.We truly believe that this project is really in consonant with RivkA's thoughts- she believed that breastfeeding knowledge and skills should be available to everyone, without pay (as is La Leche League's directives). We think this would make her really happy. We are overjoyed to have received the blessing of her family in creating this project, and we hope that all those who shared her vision, or who wish to honor her memory, will consider supporting us. No donation is too small to realize this dream.To read more about the project or to make a donation- please visit www.meneketrivka.org or email meneketrivka@gmail.comOr, you can donate directly here: UPDATE: Tax-free donations can now be made to Meneket Rivka via the Eden Center on "Israel Gives"May RivkA's family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.Please daven (or send happy thoughts) for the memory of RivkA bat Yishaya HaLevi.With love and optimism, RivkA's family[...]



Join the "4 RivkA" Lotsa Helping Hands Community

2010-11-10T10:38:43.077+02:00

Anyone interested in being on the "4 RIvkA" community list, where you can volunteer to help RivkA's family, please join "lots of helping hands" by clicking on the following link:

https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/632943/



May RivkA's family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


Please daven (or send happy thoughts) for the memory of RivkA bat Yishaya HaLevi.

With love and optimism, RivkA's family



Shiva Update

2010-11-10T10:39:02.044+02:00

RivkA's family will be concluding shiva this Friday, November 5th, after mincha which will start at 12:30 PM.

Reminder:

The family would like to eat/rest on Thursday between 12:00-15:00 and 18:30-19:30
(i.e. no visitors at these times)

Also, please no visitors after 22:00 pm.

Thank you for all your visits, condolences, emails and support.

Tefilot / Prayer times:

Shacharit - 7:00am [Help is needed strengthening the morning minyan]
Mincha - 16:40pm
Maariv - 17:20pm

If you need directions to the shiva, you can contact me at muqata@gmail.com


May RivkA's family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Please daven (or send happy thoughts) for the memory of RivkA bat Yishaya HaLevi.

With love and optimism, RivkA's family



The Eulogies for RivkA

2010-11-10T10:39:51.067+02:00

RivkA's family requested that the video-recorded eulogies from RivkA's funeral be posted.They are being posted in sequence, from top to bottom, in the order they were given. Each video clip states the name of the person who gave the eulogy, and the language it was presented in.Updated: Moshe part 1Moshe, part 2May RivkA's family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.Please daven (or send happy thoughts) for the memory of RivkA bat Yishaya HaLevi.With love and optimism, RivkA's family[...]



Important Shiva Hours Update

2010-11-10T10:40:42.788+02:00

At RivkA's family's request, the shiva hours have been changed:

The family would like to eat/rest between 12:00-15:00 and 18:30-19:30
(i.e. no visitors at these times).

Also, please no visitors after 22:00 pm.

Thank you for all your visits, condolences, emails and support.

Tefilot / Prayer times:

Shacharit - 7:00am [Help is needed strengthening the morning minyan]
Mincha - 16:40pm
Maariv - 17:20pm

May RivkA's family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Please daven (or send happy thoughts) for the memory of RivkA bat Yishaya HaLevi.

With love and optimism, RivkA's family