“Our mission has not ended”

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Returning Emissaries: “Our mission has not ended” Eleven emissary families who recently returned from Jewish communities in the Diaspora met last week to reflect upon the happy moments, the times of crisis and difficulty, and also the moments which gave them satisfaction. Some had been in the Diaspora for five years; others for two. Some… Continue Reading “Our mission has not ended”

How many emissaries are there? All the surprising details…

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How many emissaries are there, and who is the youngest of all? All the statistics about the emissaries exposed: how old is the youngest, and how many languages to they speak? All of the surprising details. Guy Ezra, Srugim News – 28 September, 2018  (Translated from Hebrew) The new OTS emissaries, graduates of Straus-Amiel, Beren-Amiel, and… Continue Reading How many emissaries are there? All the surprising details…

Next Year in Jerusalem: A Defining Call

Next Year in Jerusalem: A Defining Call Rabbi Benjy Myers Educational Director, Beren-Amiel and Straus Amiel Emissary Programs Twice a year we conclude a religious service with the words “Next year in Jerusalem” – “לשנה הבאה בירושלים”.  The first time is at the formal ending of the Pesach Seder, and the second is at the… Continue Reading Next Year in Jerusalem: A Defining Call

“Jewish identity, taught by emissaries and suitcases”

Jewish identity, taught by emissaries and suitcases Rabbi Kenneth Brander, lately of Teaneck, on moving to Israel and new programs from Ohr Torah Stone By JOANNE PALMER August 16, 2018 It’s not at all surprising that the iconic object that Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander brought with him on the Nefesh b’Nefesh flight that he, his wife,… Continue Reading “Jewish identity, taught by emissaries and suitcases”

Serving the Diaspora – Jewish Independent

Friday 02nd, February 2018 Two years ago, Rabbi Gideon Osher Shmueli donated a kidney to a stranger, saving that individual’s life. These days, he works at Magen David Yeshivah in Brooklyn, N.Y., teaching Hebrew and bringing with that teaching the culture and values of Judaism and eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel. To him, teaching about… Continue Reading Serving the Diaspora – Jewish Independent

Ladino After Auschwitz

Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum

Ladino After Auschwitz by Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum, Director of OTS’s Straus-Amiel and Beren-Amiel Emissary Training Programs The “bad guys” in the story of the Salonika community are not the Greeks, but rather the Germans. In the city that absorbed Spanish evacuees and turned into a legend, a community is dealing with survival Salonika, Greece A number of… Continue Reading Ladino After Auschwitz

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 a compilation of some of the… Continue Reading What does Jerusalem mean to you?

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 Cohen Women Educators Institute. “Eating is one of… Continue Reading Keeping Kosher in Champaign-Urbana

OTS Annual Dinner 2016

SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES Ohr Torah Stone held its 2016 annual dinner on December 13, 2016 in Manhattan.  At the dinner, Ohr Torah Stone honored two couples for their outstanding leadership and generosity: Lolly and Hertzie Bak and Joyce and David Friedman.  The dinner celebrated the 18th anniversary of Ohr Torah Stone’s remarkable emissary training… Continue Reading OTS Annual Dinner 2016

“O Rei Ta no Campo!”

“O Rei Ta no Campo!” – “The King is in the field!” With this cry, Rabbi Chovav and Aviya Reichner welcomed in the month of Elul, the month that heralds God’s closeness to us and the upcoming Days of Awe. Emissaries of Beren-Amiel and the Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute respectively, the Reichners are now serving… Continue Reading “O Rei Ta no Campo!”

תור חדש, “רב עולמי”, בעיתון מקור ראשון

Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum

מאמר הפתיחה למדור החדש של הרב אליהו בירנבאום (העומד בראש תוכניות שטראוס-עמיאל להכשרת רבנים וברן-עמיאל  להכשרת מחנכים), “רב עולמי”, שיופיע אחת לשבועיים במוסף השבת של העיתון מקור ראשון