The True Prize

“We have a winner!” Congratulations to Dvir Brook, the winner of Efrat’s tenth annual Bible Contest, which was held this year on the backdrop of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. Dvir, a student at OTS Derech Avot High School in Efrat, and fellow schoolmate Lior Chacham, who came in third, did Derech Avot proud. …

Jerusalem’s Many Faces

Jerusalem’s Many Faces In honor of Jerusalem Day, the Israel Museum invited art students from 20 Israeli high schools to participate in an outdoor sculpture exhibition. “The exhibit included students from the religious and secular Jewish, Arab and Druze educational streams,” reports Yonat Lemberger (third from left), principal of OTS’s …

What does Jerusalem mean to you?

What does Jerusalem mean to you? In honor of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification, Rabbi Benjy Myers, Educational Director of OTS’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary preparation programs asked the rabbis and educators serving communities all over the world to pose the question to their congregants and students. This video is …

Enlightening Lag B’Omer

“Lag B’Omer is one of the Jewish festivals celebrated by all Israelis, not just the Orthodox,” notes Eran Yunger, the  Yachad Program Jewish Cultural Facilitator in Tel Aviv.  “No matter where you go in the weeks leading up to the festival you’ll see kids dragging wood to the site of their bonfire and preparing for the big …

From Holocaust to Renewal

Israelis embark upon a period of National days after Pesach, beginning with Holocaust Remembrance Day and continuing with Memorial Day and Independence Day one week later. The transition from somber days of personal bereavement and national mourning to the unbridled celebration of Yom Haatzmaut creates an intense, emotionally charged mood throughout …

Independence Day

Congratulations to Gilat Maatuf on receiving her get after an arduous and drawn-out journey! Gilat, a client of Yad L’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline received her get in the hours prior to Israeli Memorial Day — Yom Hazikaron — which preceded Yom Haatzmaut, Independence Day, by 24 hours. “Today, …

Keeping Kosher in Champaign-Urbana

Eateries in Champaign-Urbana are beginning to receive Kosher certification, thanks to an initiative led by Illini Hillel and the OU’s JLIC.  The initiative was spurred by JLIC “couple on campus,” Kollel Torat Yosef musmach Rabbi Shlomo Schacter and Rebbetzin Ahava Schacter-Zarembski, graduates of OTS’s Beren-Amiel and Claudia …

Warsaw’s Jews Bury Sifrei Torah

Warsaw’s Jewish community buried fragments of pre-war Torah scrolls inside two enormous clay jars at the city’s Jewish cemetery on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.  Kol Hakavod to OTS Straus-Amiel graduate, Warsaw’s Chief Rabbi Moshe Bloom, for organizing the burial in cooperation with Poland’s …