Appeal for Peace

    In Bratslav, Ukraine, Straus-Amiel emissary Rabbi David Basok joined other faith leaders, including the Dalai Lama, in a united APPEAL FOR PEACE.   “We have gathered here in this unique place, in this truly amazing region where people

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A Purim to Remember

“Rabbi Joe Wolfson went to sleep Purim night on a high after one of his greatest religious and communal Jewish experiences ever. As the OU-JLIC Torah Educator at New York University, Rabbi Wolfson and his wife, Corinne Shmuel, serve as

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Food for Thought

A letter from Rebbetzen Ilana Epstein The London Jewish community is at times so big, yet everyone seems to know each other. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me if I know their mother, uncle, sisters-in-law, cousin,

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Score one!

Rabbi Abraham Dahab, our Straus-Amiel emissary in Rio de Janeiro, where the international Copa America soccer tournament is being played. Rabbi Abraham arranged for a subsidized meal and beers at alocal kosher restaurant and screened last night’s Brazil vs. Peru game

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Pub Learning in Poland

Straus-Amiel graduate Rabbi Avi Baumol, currently serving the community of Krakow, Poland, teaches Jewish youth in the Eszeweria Bar as part of the Adam Adama class on Judaism and the Environment.

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Celebrating Chanukah in Sofia, Bulgaria

Straus-Amiel emissary Rabbi Aharon Zerbib hosted the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, for the lighting of the first candle last night in the Sofia Synagogue. Also among the distinguished guests were the mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova,

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Official Opening of Beit Ohr Torah – Kiev

Beit Ohr Torah of Kiev, Ukraine, was officially dedicated in mid-September 2014.  A group of OTS representatives, led by Rabbi Riskin, arrived for a short unveiling ceremony on the premises, in conjunction with the Midrasha Tzionit, OTS’s local partner in

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Wikipedia Commons - Jubilee Synagogue, Prague

Straus-Amiel Graduate Appointed Chief Rabbi of Prague

Congratulations to Rabbi David Peter, a graduate of the Straus-Amiel Program, upon his appointment as the Chief Rabbi of Prague.  The change in the position of chief rabbi of Prague should not trigger any major change in its Jewish community, Peter, 38,

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Rabbi Daniel and Ilana Epstein

Newest OTS Emissaries: London-Bound

Congratulations to Straus-Amiel Practical Rabbinics Program graduate Rabbi Daniel Epstein, and his wife, Ilana, a graduate of the Claudia Cohen Women Educator’s Institute on being appointed Rabbi and Rebbetzen of London’s Cockfosters and N Southgate Synagogue. We wish OTS’s newest emissary

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