shlichut

Italy: Communal prayer becomes prohibited in some areas Italian Jewish life in danger as result of COVID-19 spread, following new government ban on gatherings in some areas, including religious. Mordechai Sones | Arutz 7 | 25/02/20 New regulations issued by the Italian Health Ministry following fear of COVID-19 spread are causing concern in Jewish communities …

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Paula kissing a mezuza

‘I’m going to die and I want my death to be a Jewish one’ Paula delved into Christianity and monasteries were her refuge during the Holocaust. But now, at 94, she’s decided that when she dies, she wants her death to be a Jewish one. by  Moshe Weisstuch | Israel HaYom | November 12, 2019 …

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Professor Sergio della Pergola

From Israel with Love OTS Amiel BaKehila launches a new year of increased activity with symposium for mission delegates. Rabbi Kenneth Brander: “”All of you represent a new paradigm, a new phenomenon: that Diaspora Jewry can be influenced and inspired by its brothers and sisters in Israel – and vice versa.” A symposium on the …

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“Why go out on shlichut?” asked Shiran and Yoni Dreyer, an OTS-trained educator couple recently placed in Omaha, Nebraska.  “That’s a question we found ourselves pondering often over the course of our training. “Every generation has its challenge, every generation needs people with vision and ideology, people who will act, do and aspire for good,” …

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Tikva and Daniel

Indonesia’s small but determined Jewish community The Jews of the largest Muslim country are descended from those who fled forced conversion in Peru; they number in the scant hundreds and practice their faith in secret, but now they have the support of Jewish organizations abroad – and two of them have even dared to visit …

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Yom Iyun

“I am the ‘other’” “We’ve all felt at some point or another in our lives that we do not belong,” says Rabbi Benjy Myers, Educational Director of the Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary training programs. “As educational and spiritual leaders, we can tap into those awkward and painful feelings of being different to better understand our …

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Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel graduation at the Knesset

Rabbinical Emissary Program to Diaspora Celebrates 20 Years of Work The program, an initiative of the Ohr Torah Stone network of institutions, began in 1999 with the goal of providing Jewish communities in the Diaspora with rabbis and teachers to bolster Jewish life. By Jeremy Sharon | May 15, 2019 Some 90 Jewish communities across …

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Training parents of shlichim

For the first time in Israel: Training for the parents of shlichim as well  After 20 years of training shlichim to serve in Jewish communities in the Diaspora, Ohr Torah’s Straus-Amiel institute decided that the time has come for the parents of emissaries to get involved too Arutz 7 | 3 February 2019 (Translated from …

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Posed photo of evening's participants

Returning Emissaries: “Our mission has not ended” Eleven emissary families who recently returned from Jewish communities in the Diaspora met last week to reflect upon the happy moments, the times of crisis and difficulty, and also the moments which gave them satisfaction. Some had been in the Diaspora for five years; others for two. Some …

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