A Lag B’Omer visit from Rabbi Akiva

“Lag B’omer is actually one of the few holidays which is celebrated in every single sector of Jewish Israel, from secular to ultra-Orthodox communities,” notes Itai Kremer, the Yachad Program’s Jewish Cultural Facilitator in Bat Yam. ” And yet, the average Israeli has absolutely no idea about the origins of the festival …

OTS students win Young Entrepreneurs Award

Students from the Ohr Torah Stone Jennie Sapirstein High School for Girls in Ramot, Jerusalem who participated in the Ministry of Education’s “Amirim” program for outstanding students won second place in the “Young Entrepreneurs” 2014 competition, with mentoring by their teacher, Iti Dreyfus. Their innovation, cookie cutters …

A True Israeli Hero

In the course of their weekly volunteering at Shaare Zedek Hospital this morning, students in the Darkaynu girls’ program were privileged to meet Hadas Mizrachi, the wife of Baruch Mizrachi z’l, who was murdered on his way to the Pesach Seder in front of his wife and five children. Hadas suffered two bullets to her back, which is why she …

Remembrance and Celebration

Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) is followed immediately by Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day); the transition from a somber day of national mourning to unbridled celebration creates an intense, emotionally-charged mood throughout Israel.  That special energy and poignancy is captured in the slideshow below, comprised of photographs from OTS schools …

Little Lies

“Little Lies” by Osnat Sharon 07/4/2014 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 of her work representing trapped agunot and mesuravot get — women being denied …

“OTS Conference in Bulgaria” – Times of Israel

“A Rabbinic Conference in Bulgaria” by Rabbi Avi Baumol 05/4/2014 The Straus-Amiel and  Beren-Amiel emissarial-training programs prepare and place over 30 rabbis and educators annually in countries all over the world. To date, there are more than 160 spiritual leaders currently serving communities in every continent save Antarctica, teaching …

Yom Ha’Atzmaut And Yom Yerushalayim

“Observance of Yom Ha’Atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim” by Rabbi David Brofsky (Senior Faculty Member of Midreshet Lindenbaum)  04/24/2014 In 1949, a year after the establishment of the state of Israel, the Israeli government declared that the fifth of Iyar should be observed as a national holiday. In response, the chief rabbis of Israel, …

“Freedom At Last!” – Jerusalem Post

“Freedom At Last!” by Tikva Orian 04/16/2014 This Passover I will be celebrating differently than I have become accustomed to in past years.  This year, I won’t feel degraded, unsupported, abused by the system. This year I am a free woman. This must be how they felt when they left Egypt: not blind vis-a-vis the long journey ahead, aware …

“Aguna freed after 14 years” – Jerusalem Post

“Aguna Freed After 14 Years of Suffering” Covert plot involved fraudulent passports, private detectives, a safe house and widespread bureaucratic cooperation. by Jeremy Sharon Click here to read the English-language article detailing the fascinating story of H, a Yad L’isha client who was finally freed after 14 years of being denied …