Lodz Jewish Kindergarten

A new school year is always an exciting time, as new students take their first tentative steps into the world of formal education, older children look forward to seeing friends they haven’t seen for a few weeks, and preschoolers mix the laughter of new experiences with the cries of being in strange surroundings for the first time. In Lodz, the …

“O Rei Ta no Campo!”

“O Rei Ta no Campo!” – “The King is in the field!” With this cry, Rabbi Chovav and Aviya Reichner welcomed in the month of Elul, the month that heralds God’s closeness to us and the upcoming Days of Awe. Emissaries of Beren-Amiel and the Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute respectively, the Reichners are now serving as shlichei …

Jewish Identity on the Vistula

Summer in the northern hemisphere means summer camps. Normally, these camps are for children and teens, but not in Poland. A family camp (funded by the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation) attended by 130 people, families with old and young, took place, incorporating learning programs, fun activities and excursion in the local area, particularly alongside the …

Baking with a Twist

Rabbi David Benchelouche is a graduate of OTS’s Straus Amiel and Maarava programs; his wife, Tirtza, an alumna of the Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute. A few months ago they took up a position as Rabbinic couple at the Sephardi Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town, South Africa, and since their arrival, communal programming hasn’t stopped! …

Food for Thought

A letter from Rebbetzen Ilana Epstein The London Jewish community is at times so big, yet everyone seems to know each other. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me if I know their mother, uncle, sisters-in-law, cousin, etc. that lives in Southgate, the community where Daniel and I are fortunate enough to be the Rabbinic couple in charge. We …

Score one!

Rabbi Abraham Dahab, our Straus-Amiel emissary in Rio de Janeiro, where the international Copa America soccer tournament is being played. Rabbi Abraham arranged for a subsidized meal and beers at alocal kosher restaurant and screened last night’s Brazil vs. Peru game (2-1 Brazil). During half time, Rabbi Dahab gave a short class titled “Know …

Pub Learning in Poland

Straus-Amiel graduate Rabbi Avi Baumol, currently serving the community of Krakow, Poland, teaches Jewish youth in the Eszeweria Bar as part of the Adam Adama class on Judaism and the Environment.

Celebrating Chanukah in Sofia, Bulgaria

Straus-Amiel emissary Rabbi Aharon Zerbib hosted the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, for the lighting of the first candle last night in the Sofia Synagogue. Also among the distinguished guests were the mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, MI Secretary Svetozar Lazarov, the ambassador of Russia Yuri Isakov, Ambassador of Israel …

Shabbat Yisraelit / Shabbat Project

OTS’s Yachad Program was proud to be one of the partners in “Shabbat Yisraelit”  – a nationwide initiative in which observant and nonobservant Israeli families joined together to share a Shabbat experience, in an effort to launch a joint search for a common language to address the Judaism that is our common heritage. The …

Straus-Amiel Graduate Appointed Chief Rabbi of Prague

Congratulations to Rabbi David Peter, a graduate of the Straus-Amiel Program, upon his appointment as the Chief Rabbi of Prague.  The change in the position of chief rabbi of Prague should not trigger any major change in its Jewish community, Peter, 38, told the Czech News Agency. “I will be learning continually, but continuity is vital,” …