TEAM DARKAYNU 2018

   Here we go again!!!! On March 9th, the special students, dedicated staff, friends and families of the Elaine & Norm Darkaynu Programs will be participating in the annual Jerusalem Marathon! The event itself is reason enough to participate as it is such an inclusive event representing so much of what is so beautiful about our people and our …

“Peak Day” for Ann Belsky Moranis program

The Ann Belsky Moranis Program at the Oriya girls’ high school held its annual “Peak Day” for all the arts tracks, a day designed to enrich the students by providing them with professional tools which cannot be attained within the regular educational framework, to introduce them to inspirational artists in their field and to create …

Yachad: Celebrating Chanukah Together

CLICK FOR PHOTOS   Hundreds of Israelis across the country participated in exciting, festive candlelighting events this Chanukah, thanks to 32 Jewish Cultural Facilitators from OTS’s “Yachad” Program. From the north to the south, spanning 80 communities including Katzrin, Yokneam, Petach Tikva, Rechovot, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ashkelon, …

Enlightening and Inspiring

On the third night of Chanukah 5778, students in Yeshivat Hesder Machanaim, Named in Memory of Joseph and Leila Applebaum were joined by their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers for an enlightening evening of study with Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Shlomo Vilk and yeshiva faculty in the Israel Henry Beren Beit Midrash. The subject of the evening’s …

Midreshet Lindenbaum-Lod: Shining Lights

Rosh Chodesh Kislev brought a flurry of activity and good news to Midreshet Lindenbaum–Lod. A new student joined the midrasha, and the number of participants in our beit midrash for local women reached 30. There was also a fantastic turnout of 53 twelfth graders on the first of a series of visiting days, which we trust heralds a high registration …

“Women Moving Mountains” – Desert Journey to Free Agunot

There are thousands of women whose lives have come to a standstill, who are trapped in marriages by husbands who are unwilling or unable to grant them a get (a religious writ of divorce). These women, called agunot, can only dream of the day they will be set free. Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center & Hotline invites …

OTS Graduates “Blown Away” by Sukkot Generosity

Rabbi Eli and Rivka Magzimof, Chaplaincy Couple at Leeds University, were “blown away” by generosity of current and former Leeds students who helped them rebuild their sukkah after it was destroyed by fierce winds. Rebuilding the sukkah enabled Eli and Rivka, respective graduates of OTS’s Straus-Amiel Institute and Claudia Cohen Women …

Out of the Synagogues and into the Public Realm

Out of the Synagogues and Into the Public Realm: Rosh Hashana for Everyone (click for photos) “Tens of people gathered around to hear me blow shofar in the public park,” recounts Mordechai Harel, the Yachad Program Jewish Cultural Facilitator in Hod Hasharon. “Right after I started, I noticed a family on bicycles that stopped still, …