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Batya and Yehuda StrulTucuman, Argentina Rabbi Yehuda is the Assistant Rabbi and Batya is the school Principal in in Tucuman, Argentina. They have been on shlichut for a year and a half.  Children:Adi – 3Efrat – 1And be’H another on the way… Tell us about the community you’re in:This is a small and special community …

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Renana and Pini with their four children

Renana and Pini Ben Mordechai HaLevi Monterrey, Mexico Rabbi Pini and Renana Ben Mordechai HaLevi have been serving as the Rabbi and Rabbanit of the community of Monterrey, Mexico for two years.  Children:Tikva Adina – 11.5Shlomo -10Miriam Bracha – 8Chaim – 5 Tell us about the community you’re in:The community is relatively small, with about …

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Sarah and Netanel Hansani San Salvador, El Salvador Rabbi Netanel and Sarah Hansani are the Rabbi and Rabbanit in San Salvador. They have been on shlichut for one year.  Children:David- 2 Tell us about the community you’re in:The city has two adjacent communities and we basically function in both at the same time. In recent …

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Rivka and Nissim Yitzchak Zawady Singapore Rabbi Nissim Yitzchak and Rivka (Friedman) Zawady are the Rabbi and Rabbanit of the “Chessed El” community in Singapore; Rivka also works as a teacher in the local Jewish day school. The couple has been in this position for about a year and a half, prior to which they …

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Simi and Daniel TouittoVenice, Italy Rabbi Daniel is the Chief Rabbi of Venice, and Simi is the Principal of the Talmud Torah in the city. They have been in this position for just over a year; previously they served as Rabbi and Rebbetzion in the communities of Sao Paolo, Brazil community and Tucuman, Argentina.    …

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Sharona and Ben HassanSeattle, Washington, USA Rabbi Ben and Sharona are the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Sephardic Bikur Cholim Congregation, and teachers in the community Jewish Day School. In addition, Sharona is the Coordinator of Youth Activities. They have been on shlichut in this location for just over 7 years.  Children:Cochava – 14Gavriella – …

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Dorit and Michael Kohn

Dorit and Michael Kohn Bern, Switzerland Rabbi Michael and  Dorit are the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Bern Jewish Community. They have been on shlichut for nearly four years.  Children: Maya – 5 Beno – 3 Liora – 6 months Tell us about the position you’re in: The community is 150 years old and gathers …

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Ahava and Shlomo Schachter

Ahava and Shlomo SchachterChampaign, Illinois Rabbi Shlomo and Ahava Zarembski Schachter have been serving as the campus rabbinical couple at the University of Chicago, Champaign, for the past four years.  Children:Tzedeka – 14Meshulam – 3Netzach – 1.5 Tell us about the position you’re in:The Jewish community in the city is built mainly on Jewish students …

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Family in Mexico opposite aron kodesh

Mexico City Jewish community embraces ceremony amidst coronavirus restrictions Amid coronavirus pandemic restrictions, Jewish community of Mexico City embraces unique ceremony during holiday season. Arutz 7 | September 29, 2020 As the Jewish world across the Diaspora commemorates a truly unprecedented high holiday season, many communities are searching for ways to ensure the period is …

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Tal Family

Rachel and Ariel TalWellington, New Zealand Ariel and Rachel have been serving as the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Wellington Jewish Community Center  for almost two years. Prior to that, they were youth coordinators in Vancouver, Canada (one year), and teachers and director of special programs at Netivot HaTorah School in Toronto, Canada (3 years). …

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Rachel and Evyatar HaCohen Palo Alto, California Teachers at the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School; Evyatar also serves as a Jewish social programming coordinator. The couple has been on shlichut for two years. Children: Yonatan, 6.5 Ariel, 3.5 Ivri, 2 months Tell us about the position you’re in: At the school we are responsible for …

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Rabbi Birnbaum in his study

High Holidays Especially Important to Diaspora Jewry This Year For many Diaspora Jews Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur play a defining role in their Jewish identity. This year, Covid-19 restrictions endanger this connecting thread. Testimonies from shlichim across the globe. By Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum, Director of OTS’ Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel Emissary Programs | 13 September, …

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