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A Thousand Words – April 6, 2020

A huge brown van led a convoy through the winding roads of Israel’s northern border with Lebanon this past Friday, its speakers blasting music through open windows, puncuated by the periodic shouts of the van’s driver, Eliahu Galil.   Galil is the Yachad Program‘s Jewish Cultural Coordinator in Maaleh Yosef – a collection of 22 communities …

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A Thousand Words – March 30, 2020

OTS is proud to be able to say that many of our students and parents, teachers and administrative staff are doing all that they can to offer relief, safety and comfort in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, each in his or her own way.    Many have adopted people who have been deemed at-risk, …

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A Thousand Words – March 23, 2020

This week’s picture is a reminder that no matter what is happening in the world, there is always room for optimism, happiness, love and new beginnings – and that we can always choose to make lemonade when the universe gives us lemons.  That’s exactly what Robert M. Beren Yeshivat Machanaim student Nathaniel Tebisl and his …

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A Thousand Words – March 16, 2020

These are difficult times for us all; times of uncertainty and isolation, fear and concern. All over the world, governments are announcing restrictions in the face of the coronavirus; educational institutions, synagogues and community centers are being shuttered; and “non-essential” businesses, malls and restaurants closed. OTS’s schools and programs rose to the challenge, finding innovative …

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A Thousand Words – March 9, 2020

With 80,000 Israelis forced to spend the Purim holiday in isolation because of the coronavirus outbreak, OTS’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity worked hard to make sure that Megilla readings are accessible to as many people as possible this Purim – wherever they may be. For the fifth year in a row, the Tzohar rabbinical organization …

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A Thousand Words – March 2, 2020

Oriya building and decorating new campus

Anyone entering the gates of Ulpanat Oriya is immediately impressed by the happiness and tranquility in the air, the smiles on the girls’ faces and the atmosphere of stimulating activity and joy. It is quite common to hear Oriya students expressing how much they love their high school – and now, as they prepare to …

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A Thousand Words – February 24, 2020

Every day, employees of Ohr Torah Stone pass through the corridors of the Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva High School to get to their offices. But during the Hebrew month of Adar, it’s an entirely different experience, as the  Neveh Shmuel 12th graders transform the hallways into a magical, other-worldly environment… and they never disappoint! This year, …

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A Thousand Words – February 17, 2020

The sky is the limit! Students from the the Amirim Program for Excellence at OTS’s Jennie Sapirstein High School in Ramot, Jerusalem, visited Space IL – the organization that launched the first Israeli spacecraft to fly to the moon. At Space IL, the girls were instructed to ‘dare to dream,’ and learned from a number …

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A Thousand Words – February 10, 2020

Midreshet Lindenbaum

Nothing like standing on your chair to get your point across!  Students in the Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program and the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum celebrated Tu B’Shvat this year by studying, volunteering to plant 120 fruit trees in Park Arnona, Jerusalem, and enjoying the fruits of the land …

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A Thousand Words – February 3, 2020

Teens learning Jewish values

The secular-religious beit midrash for teens in Ashkelon, run by Ilan Ivgy – one of the Yachad Program for Jewish Identity‘s 48 facilitators across Israel – brings together youth of different populations to meet, mix, examine Jewish sources and share ideas. “Some heated discussions have erupted, since each group arrives with its own perspective,” says …

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A Thousand Words – January 27, 2020

Oriya 11th graders put on play

A Holocaust survivor, a dyslexic teenager, a dying father, a righteous gentile, an ambitious teacher, a depressed and depressing couple, a curious child and a girl with a stutter all went up together on one stage as 11th grade girls in the Ann Belsky Moranis theater track at Oriya High School performed their matriculation projects …

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A Thousand Words – January 20, 2020

siyyum at Machanaim

Upon his return to yeshiva after three years of service in the IDF, Yehuda Misgav was greeted by fellow students at the Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva with a rousing rendition of “v’Shavu Banim L’Gvulam” this week: ” And the children shall return to their borders.” Misgav acknowledged that it was good to be …

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