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Building Identity and Creating Community

Building Identity and Creating Community For many secular Israelis who wouldn’t think of entering a synagogue or participating in “religious” activities, the Yachad Program provides meaning – as well as an outlet that empowers them to explore their Jewish heritage and even pass it on to their children. “Israelis who are religious have a much …

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Virus outbreak disrupts joyous Purim fest but some improvise

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Virus outbreak disrupts joyous Purim fest but some improvise “Judaism celebrates the value of life before the ritual aspect,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, president of Ohr Torah Stone.  By David Crary | March 10, 2020 NEW YORK (AP) — Purim is traditionally one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, but some celebrations in Israel and …

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Investing in Orthodox women’s spiritual leadership

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Investing in Orthodox women’s spiritual leadership Ohr Torah Stone is pleased to announce that our five-year Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Honey Foundation, to advance the impact of women spiritual leaders in Orthodox communities throughout Israel. In keeping with the Honey Foundation’s mission – …

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Baseless Hatred to Baseless Love

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From Baseless Hatred to Baseless Love The Yachad Program for Jewish Identity operated meaningful Tisha B’Av programming throughout Israel designed to bring contemporary relevance to a seemingly archaic Jewish observance As Israel prepares for its second round of elections, it seems that hatred, stereotypes, and rifts among different segments of the population have never been …

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Opening the Window to Spirituality

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Opening the Window to Spirituality Shabbat in Israeli society is often viewed as a day of conflict, not a day of rest. The perception amongst many secular Israelis is that the religious are unwilling to allow any public transport or the opening of any public places of entertainment, thereby forcing many people to stay at …

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How was this Pesach Different?

How was this Pesach Different? For generations of Jewish children, one of the highlights of the Pesach Seder has been standing on a chair and reciting the Four Questions. And yet – in the Jewish state of Israel – the concept of the Ma Nishtana does not ring a bell with many young children from …

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Yachad Jewish Identity Coordinators: “Go, gather all the Jews…”

“Go, gather together all the Jews…” (Megillat Esther, 7:16) – Celebrating Purim Together Though gourmet Hamantaschen make their appearance in the trendiest Israeli bakeries and everyone dresses up for the holiday, Purim for many Israelis has little meaning beyond face-painting or getting intoxicated. How can we connect Israelis with no interest in the synagogue to the …

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Tu B’Shvat: Celebrating Shared Roots

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Tu B’Shvat: Celebrating Shared Roots In this generation, the holiday of Tu B’Shvat may be more important than ever. Where Jews traditionally ate dried fruits of the Land of Israel to demonstrate our yearning to return, today we also eat ripe fruits, to illustrate the abundance and blessing apparent in our return to Zion. Together, …

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145,000 Israelis Embrace Heritage with Joy, Meaning and Unity

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145,000 Israelis Embrace New Year with Joy, Meaning and Unity OTS’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity brought the beauty of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah to more than 145,000 Israelis this year through their annual “Holidays are for Everyone” initiative, designed to ensure that Jewish traditions are accessible and meaningful for all …

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Lighting Candles in all the Worlds

Lighting Candles in all the Worlds

The long, lazy Friday afternoons of Israeli summer are being imbued with meaning as hundreds of Israelis partake in Yachad Program festivities celebrating the coming of Shabbat. In community centers and parks across the country, Yachad’s 32 Jewish Cultural Facilitators are inviting Israelis of all ages and backgrounds to welcome the approaching Shabbat through music, …

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“Ten Commandments” – Yachad 2018

Can you recite all Ten Commandments? How do they impact on your daily life? These are some of the questions that OTS’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity posed to Israelis of all ages and backgrounds during the week preceding the Festival of Shavuot and on Shavuot night itself. The activities were part of a nationwide initiative …

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