emissaries

40 Men but no minyan, and a sukkah in the living room

Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein

40 Men but no minyan, and a sukkah in the living room: the challenges of bringing Judaism back to the Jews of Europe Oped by Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein | Maariv| 3 February, 2020 Despite the worrying rise in anti-Semitism, non-Jews in Poland and Germany are gravitating to synagogues for lectures and even for prayer services …

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Increased numbers of non-Jews attending synagogue services

Warsaw conference

Increased numbers of non-Jews attending synagogue services This trend is particularly interesting considering “the long history of antisemitism in Germany and Poland” said Ohr Torah Stone President By JERUSALEM POST STAFF  | JANUARY 31, 2020 L-R: Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis (Warsaw); Rabbi Oriel Zaretsky (Warsaw); Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, director of Training and Placement at the OTS Straus-Amiel …

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“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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‘I’m going to die and I want my death to be a Jewish one’

Paula kissing a mezuza

‘I’m going to die and I want my death to be a Jewish one’ Paula delved into Christianity and monasteries were her refuge during the Holocaust. But now, at 94, she’s decided that when she dies, she wants her death to be a Jewish one. by  Moshe Weisstuch | Israel HaYom | November 12, 2019 …

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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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