covid-19

Building Jewish Communities During a Worldwide Pandemic

Building Jewish Communities During a Worldwide Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic struck each and every community throughout the world. The scope of Ohr Torah Stone’s global emissary network meant that OTS alumni and emissaries were in the forefront of helping people worldwide face the new and frightening challenge. Ohr Torah Stone has a special ability to …

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Returning to School in the “New Normal”

back to school at Oriya

Returning to School in the “New Normal” As Ohr Torah Stone’s high schools and post-high school yeshivot  and seminaries reopened their doors, they focused on certain key values – the importance of constant learning and growth, and providing support within one’s community and beyond. When restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 forced Ohr Torah …

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Finding light amidst the darkness

Finding light amidst the darkness The most well known epidemic in Jewish history is the one that killed 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva’s students. Almost impossible to imagine. Oped by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander  May 11, 2020 / Arutz 7 These days, as we take our first steps back into the streets of our cities, educational …

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Is Israel failing the Diaspora?

Is Israel failing the Diaspora? The COVID-19 crisis demands a re-evaluation of what it means to be “one Jewish community.” Help and solidarity cannot—and must not—be a one-way street. Oped by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander  (May 10, 2020 / JNS) On Monday evening, May 4, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the television cameras and announced that …

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International “Mishmar Night”

International “Mishmar Night” For Lawrence’s Meira Saffra, Thursday night is “Mishmar Night”.  And while the student at Ohr Torah Stone’s Midreshet Lindenbaum isn’t physically able to learn in Israel with her classmates, last Thursday night was no exception. When Covid-19 struck a couple of months ago, most gap-year students returned home. But for Midreshet Lindenbaum students, …

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