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Andi and Rabbi Nir Koren

The Emotional Pull of the Shofar Rabbi Nir and Andy Koren are shlichim of the Straus-Amiel Emissary Training Institute serving as Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Jewish community in Quito, Ecuador At the climax of Yom Kippur, right after the solemn Tekia Gedola (the long shofar blast), a woman from our community who defines herself as someone who …

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‘Shofar in the Park’ to provide COVID-19-safe Rosh Hashanah services Tens of thousands usually attend the “Shofar in the Park” event and those present will be able to hear the traditional shofar blasts and sing and take part in educational activities. BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF | September 5, 2021 The annual “Shofar in the Park” …

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Yachad: Connecting Jews to the High Holidays, their Heritage and Each Other The High Holidays are a time when Jews of all backgrounds seek meaning and opportunities to connect – even Israelis who identify as secular or who may feel alienated from synagogues and Jewish institutions they view as “religious.”  During this uniquely reflective time …

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Israelis Prepare to Celebrate the Year’s Holiest Days Under Lockdown As the pandemic in the country worsens, officials warn that new restrictions might not be enough to cut infection rates significantly. Many people question the logic and motives behind the rules. By Isabel Kershner | Sept. 18, 2020 JERUSALEM — As Israelis prepare to celebrate …

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Jewish organization prepares for High Holy Days amid coronavirus pandemic In Israel, where coronavirus infections has spiked as of late, organizations are moving towards prayer services that will be limited in size as well as scope in order to stymie the infection rate. By Jerusalem Post Staff | September 9, 2020  Jewish organizations around the …

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Family at Sukkot workshop

145,000 Israelis Embrace New Year with Joy, Meaning and Unity OTS’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity brought the beauty of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah to more than 145,000 Israelis this year through their annual “Holidays are for Everyone” initiative, designed to ensure that Jewish traditions are accessible and meaningful for all …

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shofar being blown in the park before Rosh Hashana

Shofar to Come to Hundreds of Parks Throughout Israel “Shofar in the Park” will bring the spirit of the festival to more than 200 parks, central squares, community centers and public spaces throughout Israel. BY JPOST.COM STAFF September 5, 2018 On both days of Rosh Hashana, Ohr Torah Stone network’s “Yachad” program will run the “Shofar …

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Out of the Synagogues and Into the Public Realm: Rosh Hashana for Everyone (click for photos) “Tens of people gathered around to hear me blow shofar in the public park,” recounts Mordechai Harel, the Yachad Program Jewish Cultural Facilitator in Hod Hasharon. “Right after I started, I noticed a family on bicycles that stopped still, dismounted …

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The Shofar Belongs to Everyone Rabbi Riskin often says that as committed Jews, our approach toward everything in life is critical: rather than cursing the darkness, we must light more candles. In what has become a tradition, our Yachad Program ran a nationwide Rosh Hashana initiative which lit the proverbial candles for tens of thousands of secular …

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The Call of the Shofar Listen to Rabbi Mordechai Zeller, a graduate of the Straus-Amiel emissary program, as he explains why he’s blowing the shofar publicly across the Cambridge University campus, where he and his wife are serving as chaplains. Sounding a Shofar in the Heart of Cambridge, England. Rabbi Mordechai Zeller, OTS's Straus-Amiel Rabbinical …

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