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Building Jewish Communities During a Worldwide Pandemic

Building Jewish Communities During a Worldwide Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic struck each and every community throughout the world. The scope of Ohr Torah Stone’s global emissary network meant that OTS alumni and emissaries were in the forefront of helping people worldwide face the new and frightening challenge. Ohr Torah Stone has a special ability to …

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German city of Dortmund to get first Jewish school since 1942

New school in Dortmund

German city of Dortmund to get first Jewish school since 1942 The Jewish community in Dortmund today numbers some 3,000 people, about the same as in 1938. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF   |  APRIL 20, 2020    The new school in Dortmund, Germany   On the eve of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Jewish community of Dortmund, …

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Judaism through Zoom: Emissaries in the Diaspora Prepare for Pesach

Judaism through Zoom: Emissaries in the Diaspora Prepare for Pesach Straus-Amiel emissaries to Jewish congregations throughout the world cope with current challenges and struggle to continue Jewish life even during the Corona epidemic Orly Harrari | April 8, 2020 Candle-lighting through Zoom, distributing mezuzot to homes of community members, and online lessons in preparation for …

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No Mohel, No Brit

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No Mohel, No Brit: the child is nearly a month old and still has no name All borders are closed and many Jewish communities around the world find themselves without a mohel, as not every country has one. Rabbi Zvi Herberger’s son – almost a month old – is still waiting to be named. He …

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The ultimate concern is to take care of the living

The ultimate concern is to take care of the living Head of the Israeli Ohr Torah Stone network Rabbi Kenneth Brander states unequivocally that fighting the virus is more important than Jewish funeral rites Nathan Jeffay | March 29, 2020 A leading Orthodox rabbi rules that Jewish communities in Europe should embrace cremation if their …

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Concern in Jewish Communities: Bodies of Corona Patients may Require Cremation

Concern in Jewish Communities: Bodies of Corona Patients may Require Cremation Rabbis in the Diaspora are facing a new threat, as more and more countries ban traditional burial of Corona victims. The Rabbi of Venice clarifies that if cremation is decreed – it must be obeyed: “Communities have not had to cope with such sensitive …

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40 Men but no minyan, and a sukkah in the living room

Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein

40 Men but no minyan, and a sukkah in the living room: the challenges of bringing Judaism back to the Jews of Europe Oped by Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein | Maariv| 3 February, 2020 Despite the worrying rise in anti-Semitism, non-Jews in Poland and Germany are gravitating to synagogues for lectures and even for prayer services …

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Increased numbers of non-Jews attending synagogue services

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Increased numbers of non-Jews attending synagogue services This trend is particularly interesting considering “the long history of antisemitism in Germany and Poland” said Ohr Torah Stone President By JERUSALEM POST STAFF  | JANUARY 31, 2020 L-R: Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis (Warsaw); Rabbi Oriel Zaretsky (Warsaw); Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein, director of Training and Placement at the OTS Straus-Amiel …

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‘I’m going to die and I want my death to be a Jewish one’

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‘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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“You walk around freely with your kippa on?”

Rabbi Uzi Levian of Gothenburg Sweden

“You walk around freely with your kippa on?” Oped by Rabbi Uzi Levian | October 31, 2019 On the night of Yom Kippur, following a moving prayer service and a reunion with Gothenburg’s Jewish members, some of whom I had last seen exactly a year before, we walked out of our community building and headed …

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A Sense of Responsibility

“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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Straus-Amiel Graduate Appointed Chief Rabbi of Bern Canton

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Congratulations to Rabbi Michael Kohn, a graduate of the Straus-Amiel Program, upon his appointment as the Chief Rabbi of Berne Canton, Switzerland  In an emotional ceremony, OTS alumnus Rabbi Michael Kohn was inaugurated as the Chief Rabbi of the Swiss Jewish communities of Berne and Biel. Kohn, a graduate shaliach of the Straus-Amiel Practical Rabbinics …

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