A True Israeli Hero

In the course of their weekly volunteering at Shaare Zedek Hospital this morning, students in the Darkaynu girls’ program were privileged to meet Hadas Mizrachi, the wife of Baruch Mizrachi z’l, who was murdered on his way to the Pesach Seder in front of his wife and five children. Hadas suffered two bullets to her …

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Rabbi Riskin Joins Team DARKAYNU at Jerusalem Marathon

TEAM DARKAYNU ran, jogged and walked the Jerusalem Marathon for the third year in a row to raise awareness and scholarship funds for this inclusion program, the only year-in-Israel experience available for teens with special needs. Pictured: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and OTS International Director, David Katz, pose with students and staff of Darkaynu Men’s Program, …

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Darkaynu Program at Krav Maga

Young men from the Darkaynu Program in a Krav Maga self defense class. Each student sets a personal goal and strives toward his personal best.  Through pushups, jogging, kicking, punching, shouting and a variety of exercises and techniques designed to improve their balance and general fitness, the class also impacts upon the students’ self-awareness and confidence.  

Run With Us!! Team Darkaynu in Upcoming Jerusalem Marathon

Run with us

Team Darkaynu is once again looking forward to walking, running, and jogging in our Holy City with tens of thousands of others. On March 21st, the staff, special students, and friends of the Darkaynu Programs will don orange and join in the fourth annual Jerusalem Marathon! As we did the last two years, our team runs …

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Melting the Ice

Jerusalem and Gush Etzion are still recovering from the worst snowstorm in decades. Today – eight days after the first flakes began to blanket the Judean hills – there are still homes without electricity, businesses that cannot open, streets covered in black ice, inestimable damage to property, and huge mounds of snow everywhere. But there are also heartwarming stories which so characterize Israelis. Displays of kindness, lightheartedness and generosity on levels far higher than the tallest snowdrift. Ohr Torah Stone’s students and faculty were no exception. We are proud of our teenage high-schoolers who volunteered to shovel out the driveways of local residents and visit elderly, sick or infirm members of their communities. We are proud of our students, faculty and staff members who exemplify the Jewish values of chessed and tzedek, who never forget those amongst us who are less fortunate and never forget the ideals on which the Torah stands. May the good deeds that transpired over the past week merit an Israel that is soft and white, long after the snow melts.

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