HINENI will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a communal gala dinner for alumni, current members, parents and friends this Sunday, October 11.
Since 1975, Hineni – the official youth movement of Central Synagogue – has run events for the youth of the community such as educational programs, Shabbat dinners, prayer services, shiurim and social gatherings.
It also runs biannual holiday camps for students in years 3-12, and at the end of year 12, sends its participants on Shnat, a 10-month Israel program focused on leadership, education and immersion into Israeli culture.
“Our continued success is owed to the passion of our madrichim who work for countless hours per week towards the betterment of our movement,” said Hineni NSW president Nicole Flax.
“Furthermore, Hineni could not have survived without the constant support of the Central Synagogue in Sydney, the Caulfield Hebrew Congregation in Melbourne, and the wider community.”
Flax said in our modern world, it has become “harder for children to create a strong Jewish and Zionist identity”.
“Hineni allows children to express their love of their religion and their homeland in a fun, informal and non-judgmental space. Additionally, Hineni is unique in educating its chanichim about the full spectrum of political opinions and Zionist identities, never forcing children to adopt any particular view,” she said.
“People appreciate the intellectually stimulating environment that this creates. Finally, people still join Hineni because our activities are enjoyable and provide an environment for children to make new Jewish friends.”
Flax said the gala dinner will be an opportunity to share special Hineni memories, and to celebrate Hineni’s progress.
“Events like this don’t come around every day. After all, Hineni only turns 40 once,” she said.
“This is a rare opportunity to reunite with old friends, reminisce about your experiences with Hineni, and celebrate how far we’ve come. We would love for you to share this special milestone with us.”
The event, which includes a fully catered kosher dinner, starts at 7pm at Central Synagogue. To book tickets go to www.trybooking.com/JECM, or call Sasha on 0422 630 962.