OTS Amiel BaKehila won a tender from Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs to operate this unique program with an eye toward empowering Jewish communities around the world through Jewish education, Israel engagement and Jewish Arts and Culture.
Israel is the center of the Jewish people; as such, Israel also has a responsibility to bring Jewish people all over the world closer not only to the Jewish homeland, but also to their local communities. The stronger the connection to the community, the stronger the connection to the entire Jewish people and the State of Israel – they are all intertwined.
OTS was chosen by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs to implement this program because of our decades-long impact upon the Jewish world through educational and emissarial programs which have engaged and inspired hundreds of thousands to explore, cherish and connect to their Jewish roots and heritage.
The OTS Amiel BaKehila program is another extension of that vision of global responsibility to the world Jewish community. OTS Amiel Bakehila sends dynamic three-person delegations seven times a year to 24 small and mid-sized communities across the world – six each in Europe and North America; 12 in Latin America. Each delegation consists of an educator, an Israel engager and an artist whose mission is the unite, excite and connect the community members to their local community and to the State of Israel.
Delegation members are fluent in the language and culture of the community, so that they understand the community members and the community members understand them. In this way they are able to reach individuals and touch their hearts through a variety of experiences, bringing the beauty and power of Judaism, Israel, Torah and Jewish culture to Jews everywhere.