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The History

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In February 1981 Eallan Hirshfeld organised about twenty families to join Moriah Shul as a group and assist with the organisation of minyanim on Shabbatot. This coincided with an influx of English speaking Olim into Raanana and in a relatively short time the membership of the shul grew to such an extent that it was no longer possible to daven in the manner that we preferred. Accordingly in 1985 a new minyan was formed known as "Haminyan Hakatan" under the chairmanship of Shimon Zack and moved into the Beit Hamidrash.

Two years later Rabbi Pinhas Hayman and family joined the Minyan and he subsequently agreed to become the Rabbi. His shiurim attracted a large following, many of whom became members. Communal activities were held on a regular basis, including help and support for the new olim arriving in Raanana from the former U.S.S.R. This effort was recognised by Yeshiva University in the form of an award.

The Minyan flourished and by 1990 had outgrown its facilities. It was then decided to build the Kehilla's own Beit Knesset and Community centre. Following intensive efforts by both the Building and Fundraising Committees construction began in 1994, on land made availible by the muncipality. However, due to lack of funds, construction was temporarily halted. At the end of 1995, Nathan Mowszowski and his family made a substantial donation which, together with the levy that members agreed to pay, enabled us to continue construction to complete the structure. A short while later a donation was received from Mendel Kaplan and the Parow Community in South Africa which allowed the completion of the interior of the Beit Knesset.

In the meantime Rabbi Hayman left the Community and Rabbi Kalman Gross was appointed in July 1995. In September 1997 Rabbi Daniel Beller took over as Rav of the Kehilla.

The change of name from "Haminyan Hakatan" to "Shivtei Yisrael" reflects both the growth of the Community and the fact that the community's approximately 180 families come from different countries such as Great Britain, South Africa, U.S.A., Brazil, Mexico, Denmark, Canada and many other countries.

The Kehilla's hope is that our Beit Knesset and Community Centre will be a catalyst in facilitating our efforts to create a vibrant kehilla and to bring Judaism in a positive rnanner to the wider community of Raanana.