emissaries

“It was inspiring to see a community with no water or electricity steadfastly seeking to keep Shabbat and Kashrut”

“It was inspiring to see a community with no water or electricity steadfastly seeking to keep Shabbat and Kashrut” Ohr Torah Stone emissaries who returned from around the world after several years of service discussed the challenges and adjustments at a recent reunion Srugim News | 27 November, 2019 Ohr Torah Stone held an evening …

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1 Month, 3 Continents, 13 delegations, 39 Communities

Amiel BaKehila group

1 Month, 3 Continents, 13 delegations, 39 Communities November was a very busy and rewarding month for OTS Amiel BaKehila as our delegations shared the depth of Judaism, the wonder of modern Israel, and the beauty of Jewish art with thousands of Diaspora Jews of all ages and backgrounds Over the course of November, OTS …

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“You walk around freely with your kippa on?”

Rabbi Uzi Levian of Gothenburg Sweden

“You walk around freely with your kippa on?” Oped by Rabbi Uzi Levian | October 31, 2019 On the night of Yom Kippur, following a moving prayer service and a reunion with Gothenburg’s Jewish members, some of whom I had last seen exactly a year before, we walked out of our community building and headed …

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Have a connection in Frankfurt?  Now you won’t go hungry!

Have a connection in Frankfurt?  Now you won’t go hungry!  Good news for travelers flying through the Frankfurt airport:  a new vending machine for kosher food, next to the El Al desk Kipa News | 29 October, 2019 Frankfurt airport is one of the busiest in the world with tens of thousands of flights per …

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Portuguese Town to get Country’s first Eruv in 500 Years

Putting up the eiruv in Portugal

Portuguese Town to get Country’s first Eruv in 500 Years The eruv is due to be completed on Monday and will be fit for use this coming Shabbat. By Jeremy Sharon | 28 October, 2019 For the first time in more than half a millennium, an eruv, or Shabbat boundary, has been constructed in for the …

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A Sense of Responsibility

“Why go out on shlichut?” asked Shiran and Yoni Dreyer, an OTS-trained educator couple recently placed in Omaha, Nebraska.  “That’s a question we found ourselves pondering often over the course of our training. “Every generation has its challenge, every generation needs people with vision and ideology, people who will act, do and aspire for good,” …

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“I am the ‘other'”

Yom Iyun

“I am the ‘other’” “We’ve all felt at some point or another in our lives that we do not belong,” says Rabbi Benjy Myers, Educational Director of the Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary training programs. “As educational and spiritual leaders, we can tap into those awkward and painful feelings of being different to better understand our …

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OTS Amiel BaKehila Program marks 50th mission to Diaspora

Lital with students in Buffalo

OTS Amiel BaKehila Program marks 50th mission to the Diaspora OTS Amiel BaKehila Program marks end of pilot year with 50th mission to the Diaspora; 150% expansion planned for coming year OTS Amiel BaKehila, a program of Ohr Torah Stone, is an exciting initiative run under the auspices of Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs aimed at …

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Celebrating 20 Years of Emissary Activity

Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel graduation at the Knesset

Rabbinical Emissary Program to Diaspora Celebrates 20 Years of Work The program, an initiative of the Ohr Torah Stone network of institutions, began in 1999 with the goal of providing Jewish communities in the Diaspora with rabbis and teachers to bolster Jewish life. By Jeremy Sharon | May 15, 2019 Some 90 Jewish communities across …

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“In Europe, antisemitism is in the air”

Venice conference in Venice Museum synagogue

“In Europe, antisemitism is in the air, and we have no idea what to expect in future” These are the words of French journalist Richard Darmon, who spoke with Ohr Torah Stone emissaries in Europe this week. OTS President: “In the very same place where Jewish holy books were burned, we are writing a new …

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Talking about Jewish values in Cancun

Merav and Rabbi Yaakov Wacks

Talking about Jewish values in Cancun Israeli educators from Ohr Torah Stone to Bergen County meet with peers to discuss best practices By Abigail Klein Leichman | February 28, 2019 An Israeli couple who arrived in Englewood in August and have been working as youth directors at Englewood’s East Hill Synagogue and as educators at Ben …

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