There is no Comparison

  “There is no Comparison” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  12/7/2017 Earlier this week, Kan – the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation –  aired a segment called “Trapped Men,” which exposed the issue of men being denied a get (a religious divorce). The report showed that female recalcitrance is a widespread …

Strong Links in the Chain

“I cannot fall asleep, I keep looking at the photos from this evening’s ceremony and phrases from the various things that were said keep popping into my mind. I see my grandmother’s face before me and my mother’s, and I feel happy, somehow… safe? Because I know that my precious daughter, Lihi, has embraced her heritage over …

In Solidarity

The staff of  Yad L’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline undertook 100 hours of fasting in the “Agunot Challenge” (אתגר_העגונות#), a grassroots campaign launched to protest the plight of Zvia Gordetsky, an aguna of 17 years. The 53-year-old Gordetsky, whose husband opted in 2000 to sit in jail …

Special Needs: Rethinking What We Think

Ian Piczenik spent this past year as a madrich [counselor] in the Elaine & Norm Darkaynu Program for Men, the only year-in-Israel experience for young adults with special needs.   In his incredible video (which has gone viral on Facebook), he shares what he’s learned from his students – “ten of the most incredible guys I’ve …

The True Prize

“We have a winner!” Congratulations to Dvir Brook, the winner of Efrat’s tenth annual Bible Contest, which was held this year on the backdrop of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. Dvir, a student at OTS Derech Avot High School in Efrat, and fellow schoolmate Lior Chacham, who came in third, did Derech Avot proud. …

Jerusalem’s Many Faces

Jerusalem’s Many Faces In honor of Jerusalem Day, the Israel Museum invited art students from 20 Israeli high schools to participate in an outdoor sculpture exhibition. “The exhibit included students from the religious and secular Jewish, Arab and Druze educational streams,” reports Yonat Lemberger (third from left), principal of OTS’s …

What does Jerusalem mean to you?

What does Jerusalem mean to you? In honor of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification, Rabbi Benjy Myers, Educational Director of OTS’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary preparation programs asked the rabbis and educators serving communities all over the world to pose the question to their congregants and students. This video is …

Enlightening Lag B’Omer

“Lag B’Omer is one of the Jewish festivals celebrated by all Israelis, not just the Orthodox,” notes Eran Yunger, the  Yachad Program Jewish Cultural Facilitator in Tel Aviv.  “No matter where you go in the weeks leading up to the festival you’ll see kids dragging wood to the site of their bonfire and preparing for the big …