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, …

“My Private Miracle”

“I want to share my private miracle with you. My divorce process was long and drawn-out and from my husband’s point of view, giving me the get was really not on the horizon. On Tuesday night, at 10:30 pm, I realized that my husband was planning to leave the country. I turned to the “Baasher Telchi” organization and Faynie Sukenik …

New Director for WIHL

The Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) at Midreshet Lindenbaum is delighted to announce that Rabbanit Devorah Evron is joining the program in a directorial capacity, effective September 1, 2017. A graduate of the Halakha Program for Women at Beit Morasha, Evron passed with distinction the exams in all realms of Jewish …

Limitless Love

Limitless Love to counter Baseless Hatred: Tisha B’Av 2017 What relevance can a fast marking the destruction of the Temple 2000 years ago possibly have for modern secular Israelis? How can one really be expected to mourn over something one has not personally loved, cherished or revered? This past Tisha B’Av, Ohr Torah Stone’s Yachad Program …

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 …