Message from Chaim Ben-Tsur: head of the Association of Jewish Yemenites (USA):

As an active member of the Yemenite Jewish Federation and a member of the board at Bet Knesset "Ohel Shalom"-- I assure you that every penny of Saddukah money goes towards our children's Talmud Torah. Although Ohel Shalom is technically Shammai-- the Talmud Torah is open to ALL children - Shammi, Dor-Dei, Baladi,etc. All traditions are respected. We teach them how to read the Torah (only). The reading is the same for Shammi and Baladi. We have an experienced Yemenite teacher who teaches the children. We cannot afford teaching 3 different classes - and there is no need to do so -- as the Yemenite reading is the same. We are trying to teach the children without getting in to the differences of the prayer books their parents use.


Please send checks to the following address:

ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH YEMENITES IN THE UNITED STATES, INC.

P. O. Box 2863, Church Street Station

NY, NY 10008

A Not-For-Profit Organization concentrating on the thousands of Jewish

Yemenite families in the USA.

Seeking to:

Preserve the Jewish Yemenite tradition.

Transfer the pursuit of Jewish Yemenite culture to future generations of

the thousands Jewish Yemenites.

Expose the rest of the community to the beauty and wisdom of the Jewish

Yemenite heritage.

WITH A VARIED AND EXCITING PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES


WHAT MAKES THE JEWISH YEMENITE TRADITION SPECIAL ?

The Jewish Yemenite prayer book (the "Tiklal") is completely different from

the Ashkenazi and Sephardic prayer books. RMb"M (Maimonides) always

referred to the text in the Yemenite prayer book.

The pronunciation of all Hebrew prayers, Torah reading, etc.,used by

Yemenite

Jews, is believed to be the pronunciation used by the Jews in the First

Temple era.

There is no established cantor or Torah Reader (Baal Kore) in the synagogue.

Every Shabbat or holiday the Rabbi invites congregants to serve as cantors

or Torah Readers.

The Jewish Yemenite ancient tradition is rich with literature and poetry.

The

greatest Yemenite poet, Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, J.O.B.M., wrote religious

songs, reflecting the longing of the Jews of Yemen for Jerusalem, and

Yemenite folk songs.

The Yemenite culture is a way of life which affects every activity, day and

night, at home or school, and in the synagogue.

 

EVERY JEW IN THE USA IS WELCOME TO BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR ASSOCIATION,AND

PARTICIPATE IN ANY OR ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES

You are invited to participate in our Association's activities,

for which there is no fee. If, however, you make a nominal financial

contribution to our

Association, you will enjoy the following benefits:

- Information, mailed to your house, about all of our activities

- Newsletters

- Discounts on participation in holiday programs

- Priority in buying books having limited availability.

- Sunday school for children - teaching the weekly portion of the Torah

- Bar mitzwah program

 

WHY YOU HAVE TO BE PROUD TO BE A YEMENITE JEW?

- You are member of the ancient Jewish tribe who had the insight to preserve

the proverbial light of the Pentateuch, in the full sense of its glory,

throughout 2000 years of exile.

- The Yemenite Jews have always taken their full share in the development of

the Jewish religion and the Jewish culture. They have preserved many ancient

Jewish religious ideas and practices. Famous scholars asserted that to

understand the laws of the Mishna and Talmud, one has to live with Yemenite

Jews.

- It is also known that many Yemenite Jews are great scholars of Jewish

knowledge, individuals who know by heart the Torah, the prayers, and large

portions of Jewish literature.

-The Yemenite Hebrew has been studied by researchers many of whom believe

it to contain the most ancient phonetic and grammatical features, from the

early days of the first Temple. Many ancient Hebrew manuscripts were copied and

preserved in Yemen. The Yemenite community is the most literate of all

Jewish communities when it comes to the Bible and the prayers.

- Yemenite wedding customs, which include the "henna" ceremony are nowadays

accepted and combined with Sephardi and Ashkenazi rituals

- The Yemenite culture and art are especially famous for their garments and

jewelry. The Yemenite embroidery, and of course the Yemenite food. The craft

of weaving - the Yemenite weavers wove fabrics, carpets, and also prayer

shawls

- Musical and artistic talents of the Yemenite Jewry are impressively

represented. The "Yemenite step" is danced successfully in many Israeli folk

dances. The Yemenite melodies and singers are today the most prominent

elements in the Jewish and Israeli music.

NOTE: Site Admin.  (the author of this website) supports the association because it is one of the few (non-Christian) organizations in America to truly engage in Temani outreach--encouraging its youth and elders to learn and keep the mesorah of their fathers.

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