Women Halakhic Leaders and Decisors

Below is the English translation of an invitation to an exciting – even historic – evening dedicated to “Women’s Halachic Leadership in Israeli Society,” under the auspices of the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halachic Leadership (WIHL), an OTS program which broke new ground seven years ago by enabling women …

OTS Teacher Wins “Environmental Hero” Award

Congratulations to beloved Neveh Channah and Neveh Shmuel high school teacher Arik Har Zahav on being awarded the “Environmental Hero” award by KKL and Yediot Aharonot! When he first suggested teaching Environmental Science, “they thought I was crazy, just crazy,” Arik recounts. But Arik, who believes that the environment and …

Creative Interpretations of Megillat Ruth

Ninth grade students in the Ann Belsky Moranis Art Program‘s graphic arts track at Oriya High School for Girls examined the texts and meanings of Megillat Ruth, then shared their personal interpretations of the verses through their creative prints. Their works were displayed in the Gush Etzion Regional Council building during the weeks preceding …

“One day I found out I wasn’t a Jew ” – NRG (Maariv Online)

(OpEd published on NRG in honor of Shavuot – 5 June, 2014) “One Day I Found Out I Wasn’t a Jew” At the age of 27, in the course of registering for marriage at the Israeli rabbinate, Luisa discovered that she was not Jewish according to Jewish law. Now, after completing her conversion process, she describes her way back to the fold. …

Compassion or Extortion

“What’s the connection between Biblical Ruth, the Rabbinical Courts, compassion and extortion?” by Osnat Sharon 03/6/2014 Rabbinical Court advocate and civil lawyer Osnat Sharon, director of OTS’s Yad L’isha, the Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, writes a blog about trends she has identified in the course …

OTS 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the OTS 30th Anniversary Gala event on May 25th, 2014, at the Jerusalem Theater, here is the evening in pictures. You can also see the film (in Hebrew) about Rabbi Riskin and OTS that was shown at the event by clicking on this link:   OTS YouTube 30th Anniversary Film (“עולם של אור”) …

Yom Yerushalayim

A taste of the Yom Yerushalayim festivities that took place at the OTS Jennie Sapirstein High School for Girls in Ramot, Jerusalem. The theme was “Ingathering of the Exiles,” produced by the school’s talented 7th graders.

“Pantry Packers”

Participants on the OTS 30th Anniversary trip to Israel join Darkaynu students as they perform their weekly volunteer service at “Pantry Packers”, packaging food parcels for the needy.

OTS 30th Anniversary Trip || Germany || Day 3

 Germany to Israel || Rabbi Riskin Leads OTS Mission in Celebration of 30 Years of Impact DAY THREE: Westend Synagogue in Frankfurt, Jewish cemetery at Rat-Beil-Strasse, Visit to grave of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, intellectual founder of the Torah im Derech Eretz school of contemporary Orthodox Judaism. Arrival in Berlin; Wannsee, where on January …