Judaism

“Leaving Egypt” – Yachad 2017

“‘Ima, I left Egypt today!’ That’s what my nine-year-old son told me when he came home from the Yachad Program‘s pre-Passover activity,” says Bat Yam resident Sigalit Golan. “It was both moving and strange for me to see how the Passover story brought a spark to his eyes because for me, as a child, Passover was …

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Megilla BaKehilla 2017

“In all of my 46 years, this was the first time I ever heard a Purim megillah reading,” says Kiryat Tivon resident Elad Alon, one of 67,482 Israelis who participated in “Megillah BaKehilla,” an initiative of Ohr Torah Stone’s Yachad Program. Through this year’s partnership with the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, the project – which literally means “Megillah in the community” – was able to …

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Am Yisrael Chai!

Am Yisrael Chai! Following last night’s terror attack by Palestinian gunmen, which killed four Israelis and wounded six, tens of young people from the Tel Aviv region came to the Sarona Market complex this morning to show support for the shopkeepers and lift the nation’s spirits. Among them was a group from Bat Yam who participate in …

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Megilla BaKehilla

(Scroll down for photos) As part of this year’s “Megilla BaKehilla” initiative, OTS’s Yachad Program ran 148 community-oriented Megillah readings throughout Israel with the participation of 22,000 Israelis. Each reading was punctuated by questions and answers, singing and dancing, animated presentations and dramatic pantomime, all in an effort to make the ancient story of Esther come alive and become more accessible and understandable …

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Lighting and Igniting

OTS’s Yachad Program has 30 Jewish Cultural Facilitators working in community centers throughout Israel, inspiring unaffiliated or disaffected Israelis to rekindle their connection to their Jewish heritage and sparking in them an interest in exploring their Jewish identity. Here’s a small taste of the myriad programs that our facilitators ran this Chanukah for thousands of …

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Sukkot for Everyone

“The sukkah belongs to everyone,” says Aryeh Engleman, one of the Yachad Program‘s 30 Jewish Cultural Facilitators working to expose Israelis to their heritage and strengthen their Jewish identity in community centers throughout Israel. “It is a temporary home for everyone and is inclusive of everyone – just like Judaism.” Here’s a tiny taste of some of the …

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“There’s Room for Everyone”

While Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are arguably the most celebrated of the Jewish festivals in the Diaspora, ironically, these High Holidays are often devoid of meaning for many Israeli Jews who identify as secular, and who see them as little more than vacation from school or work.  Our Yachad Program Jewish Cultural Facilitators have …

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A Lag B’Omer visit from Rabbi Akiva

Lag BaOmer Bat Yam

“Lag B’omer is actually one of the few holidays which is celebrated in every single sector of Jewish Israel, from secular to ultra-Orthodox communities,” notes Itai Kremer, the Yachad Program’s Jewish Cultural Facilitator in Bat Yam. ” And yet, the average Israeli has absolutely no idea about the origins of the festival and what the …

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