Jewish identity
shlichim in the snow, Athens

European rabbis gather to address challenges facing Jewish community The three-day event is attended by graduates of the the Straus-Amiel and Beren-Amiel Emissary Programs who flew in from 11 different countries, and dozens of others, who were unable to travel, but joined in via Zoom.  ILH Staff 27/1/22 A delegation of graduates from the Straus-Amiel …

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Tu B’Shvat: Strong Roots Ensure a Blossoming Future Thousands of Israelis participated in the Yachad Program for Jewish Identity Tu B’Shvat projects in communities across Israel, ranging from ecological education and environmental protection projects to parenting workshops and study sessions utilizing Jewish sources to explore concepts of personal and national growth, and to bring together …

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Hanukkah initiative brings holiday joy to thousands of families in Israel ‘Our Building Lights’ initiative brings holiday traditions to communities around Israel. Arutz Sheva Staff , December 01 , 2021 While coronavirus remains a constant issue on the mind of all, the organizers of Ohr Torah Stone’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity are creating a “sense …

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“From now on, no matter what happens, you are on shlichut“  Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum, Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel director: “”It is gratifying to see all the new shlichim are in a positive process of focusing on their new positions and assignments.”  Orly Harrari 18/11/21 Ohr Torah Stone’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel Emissary Institutes held an exciting gathering …

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Kindi Family

Going Home: Emissaries Strengthen Jewish Life in their Native Communities Every Jewish community in each country is different; the language, the culture, politics and dynamics all vary. But what if people who already know the language, are intimately familiar with the local culture, and even know many of the players were trained to return to …

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shofar bapark Tel Aviv

Bringing the Holidays to the People From Rosh Hashana through Sukkot, as Jews of all backgrounds seek meaning and opportunities to connect, the Jewish cultural coordinators of OTS’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity run a range of inviting events which attract tens of thousands of people of all ages. “A secular couple came to hear …

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putting on tefillin at the kotel

A Meaningful Rite of Passage Becoming a bar or bat mitzva is a rite of passage for all streams of Judaism in communities around the world. But ironically, in the Jewish state of Israel, many secular Jews do not have the resources needed to make the milestone event meaningful at their fingertips. The Yachad Program …

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Making the Journey Meaningful The 7-week period between Pesach and Shavuot known as S’firat HaOmer (Counting of the Omer) marks a type of spiritual journey of the Jewish people, beginning with liberation from slavery and culminating with the receiving of the Torah.  This journey is perhaps felt most poignantly in Israel, where the nation moves, …

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Celebrating Freedom: Yachad Program for Jewish Identity Prepares Israelis for Pesach Pesach represents transition – from winter to spring; from slavery to freedom. And in Israel this year, it also represented our transition from total lockdown in he face of Covid to the ability to live a more “normal” life. The Yachad Program for Jewish …

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Zevik Zamin, Rechovot

Yachad Adds Color to Nature The Yachad – Jewish Identity Program uses innovative means of highlighting Jewish Renewal and Identity. This Tu BiShvat, a national photo contest enabled Israelis to literally view Judaism through the lens of nature.  In the midst of Israel’s third lockdown, with people confined to remaining within a one kilometer radius …

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Silver Linings: Building New Strategies in the Face of COVID OTS’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity offers Israeli Jews who identify as secular an opportunity to explore and reclaim their Jewish heritage through communal programming based in the local community centers.  But what happens when the community centers are closed because of COVID? As the …

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Building Identity and Creating Community For many secular Israelis who wouldn’t think of entering a synagogue or participating in “religious” activities, the Yachad Program provides meaning – as well as an outlet that empowers them to explore their Jewish heritage and even pass it on to their children. “Israelis who are religious have a much …

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