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Meet the Shlichim: Shiran and Yoni Dreyer

Shiran and Yoni DreyerOmaha, Nebraska Yoni is a community emissary and the assistant rabbi at Kehillat Beit Yisrael; Shiran is a teacher of Judaism and Hebrew at the community’s school. The couple has been on shlichut for nearly a year. Children:Tchiya – 7Eitan – 5Lavie – 4Ori – 10 months Tell us about the community …

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Meet the Shlichim: Batya and Uriel Zaretsky

Batya and Uriel ZaretskyWarsaw, Poland The Zaretskys have been serving as the Rabbi and Rebbetzion of the Warsaw Jewish community for two years. Batya additionally teaches music in the kindergarten and Jewish community school. Children:Renana – 4.5Hadas – 2 Tell us about the community you’re in: The community is small and diverse. Creativity and sensitivity …

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Meet the Shlichim: Tagel and Itamar Greenblum

Tagel and Itamar GreenblumDurban, South Africa Itamar is the Assistant Rabbi and Tagel is a teacher in the community.They have been on shlichut now for nearly a year. Children: Achinoam – 4Raya Leah – 2.5 Tell us about the community you’re in: The community numbers about 2,000 people, and there are two synagogues. We teach Jewish …

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Meet the Shlichim: Elisheva and Binyamin Goldstein

Elisheva and Binyamin GoldsteinModeno, Italy Rabbi and Rabbanit of the Modeno Synagogue for the past 11 years. In addition, Rabbi Goldstein teaches in the Rabbinical Training program in Rome.  Children: Tehila – 27, married to Aryeh and mother to Itzik and NavaYehoshua – 26Itzik – 25, married to Shoshi and father to Tali and AkivaChezki – …

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Despite Covid-19: Emissaries Continue their Missions to Jewish Communities throughout the World

Avital and Netanel Kosovich

Despite Covid-19: Emissaries Continue their Missions to Jewish Communities throughout the World The  new emissaries will soon depart for many countries to promote Jewish values and help Jewish communities throughout the world weather this crisis. by Orly Harrari | July 15, 2020 Yesterday, a graduation ceremony was held for twenty-eight new emissaries from Ohr Torah …

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Meet the Shlichim: Hodaya and Aharon Lemberger

Hodaya and Aharon LembergerGlasgow, Scotland Rabbi Aharon and Hodaya are the Jewish Chaplaincy Couple for  students on University of Scotland campuses. They have been on shlichut for nearly a year.  Children: Amichai Yisrael – 7Roi Dor – 5Shvut – 1.5 Tell us about the community you’re in: The role is very fulfilling and also challenging. The …

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Meet the Shlichim: Malka and Eliezer Shai diMartino

Malka and Eliezer Shai DiMartinoLausanne, Switzerland Rabbi Eliezer Shai and Malka are the Rabbi and Rabbanit of the Jewish community in Lausanne, Switzerland – a position they have been in for two and a half years. Their career as emissaries, however, began 14 years ago when they graduated the OTS training programs.  Children: Simcha – 14Yocheved …

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Emissaries During Coronavirus: Thanking the Gods of Zoom

Emissaries During Coronavirus: Thanking the Gods of Zoom Prayers instead of money, meeting for beer or just listening: Ohr Torah Stone’s Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum participated in a panel on shlichut at Makor Rishon’s “Am Olam” International Diaspora Conference, in which emissaries discussed how social distancing has changed their mission By Riki Rath | 9 June, …

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“Rabbinical attacks on Reform Jews are a recipe for delaying the Mashiach”

“Rabbinical attacks on Reform Jews are a recipe for delaying the Mashiach” At the first Makor Rishon “Am Olam” International Conference on the Diaspora, OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander gave a TED Talk about the importance of developing a common language for all of world Jewry, for the sake of our …

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A Time to Reconnect

RKB Letter to Omer Yankelovitz

“A Time to Reconnect” An open letter from Rabbi Kenneth Brander to MK Omer Yankelevich, Israel’s newly-appointed Minister of Diaspora Affairs 5 June, 2020 Thousands of years ago our nation was exiled from our country by our enemies. The Jewish people dispersed in all directions, building homes and communities, establishing synagogues and houses of study. …

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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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Uniting and Exciting Jews Around the World

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Uniting and Exciting Jews Around the World “A rabbi and a puppeteer walk into a bar…” While this may sound like the start of a bad joke, this scene actually took place in February, as members of an OTS Amiel BaKehila delegation to Cherry Hill, NJ met with the local Jewish Federation’s Young Adult division …

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