Chronicles of the Synagogue “Kibbutz Galuyot” -
Rotenberg St 14 Kiryat Nordau Netanya
The synagogue was completed in the year 1975 (תשל'ה) in the southern neighborhoods of Netanya. At the time, the congregation comprised partly of new immigrants from various countries, stemming from different cultures and traditions. The rest were mainly Israeli citizens, who were born and raised here in Israel. The congregation was a mix of people of various ages, young and old, the majority of whom originally came from Romania, Hungary and the Balkan States.
It turned out that the Synagogue had an extremely positive impact in the absorption of immigrants into their new country. In the 90’s, with the huge influx of Russian immigrants, many found for themselves a warm place to pray freely. Many brought with them very moving and emotional stories. This marked a new era in the chronicles of the Shul.
Professional Chazanim (Cantors) contributed greatly to creating a very pleasant environment to the enjoyment of the congregants. With the ‘changing of the guards’ of the management of the shul over to the next generation brought with it a new energy, as well as new challenges, with the younger generation having to recite Kaddish over their loved ones. The pleasant atmosphere in the shul combined with an uplifting spiritual experience resulting in them remaining affiliated to the shul even after their mourning period was over.
The Synagogue is also proud to host a Shiur every Shabbat as well as each Sunday night. Many come for the naming of their daughter on Bar Mitzvah, for their son or before their wedding.
The daily schedule of the Synagogue begins with Shacharit at 5:15, Mincha about 15 minutes before sunset and Ma’ariv at Tzeit Hakochavim.
The expenses of the Shul comprises mainly of electric bills as well as water, cleaning and general maintenance. Now, after many years, it has become necessary to perform a thorough renovation of this House of Prayer, this unique place of gathering of Kehillot from European descent (though there is also a significant presence of Jewry from the eastern countries), in a large and wide area.
This was translated from synagogue’s Rabbi text