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The Forgotten Jewish Community of Ecuador

The Synagogue in Quito Ecuador

The following article in the OU’s Jewish Action magazine celebrates the work of Straus-Amiel emissary, Rabbi Nir Koren, as he revitalizes Jewish life in Quito, Ecuador The Forgotten Jewish Community of Ecuador Jewish Action Magazine Jews have been living in Ecuador since the Spanish conquest in the 1500s, but those early Sephardic families almost completely… Continue Reading The Forgotten Jewish Community of Ecuador

Next Year in Jerusalem: A Defining Call

Next Year in Jerusalem: A Defining Call Rabbi Benjy Myers Educational Director, Beren-Amiel and Straus Amiel Emissary Programs Twice a year we conclude a religious service with the words “Next year in Jerusalem” – “לשנה הבאה בירושלים”.  The first time is at the formal ending of the Pesach Seder, and the second is at the… Continue Reading Next Year in Jerusalem: A Defining Call

Living in hope and in limbo

Photo of cover article on Ethiopian students at Machanaim in In Jerusalem magazine

Living in Hope and in Limbo Their hearts are in Israel; their bodies remain in Ethiopia. Will the story ever have a happy ending? by Maayan Hoffman August 31, 2018Photos by Marc Israel Sellem Getachew Gebrei described his new yeshiva as a “light of Torah – wow!” Gebrei, an engineering student, is one of eight… Continue Reading Living in hope and in limbo

“Jewish identity, taught by emissaries and suitcases”

Jewish identity, taught by emissaries and suitcases Rabbi Kenneth Brander, lately of Teaneck, on moving to Israel and new programs from Ohr Torah Stone By JOANNE PALMER August 16, 2018 It’s not at all surprising that the iconic object that Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander brought with him on the Nefesh b’Nefesh flight that he, his wife,… Continue Reading “Jewish identity, taught by emissaries and suitcases”

46 Years Later, Steni and Leszek Marry as Jews

46 Years Later, Steni and Leszek Marry as Jews

Forty-six years after her family saved his family in the Holocaust, Steni and Leszek finally stood together under the chuppa and married according to the Laws of Moses and Israel Published in Israel Hayom – July 2, 2018  It has been a long time since the Jewish community in Lodz, Poland, witnessed the kind of… Continue Reading 46 Years Later, Steni and Leszek Marry as Jews

Hatikva on the shores of the Amazon

The events of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel continue around the world. This week, the Jewish community of the Amazon, with only 500 Jews, was visited by an Israeli delegation which held classes and talks for members of the community. At the end, they all joined in singing Hatikva. Published in Kipa –… Continue Reading Hatikva on the shores of the Amazon

Year after Year

Year after Year by Yoni Rotenberg Shevii Magazine – 30/3/2018 The halls are full, the desire for kosher food is up and the students are seeking a meeting with meaning | Community rabbis worldwide tell about the connection to Pesach among Jews, even those who are very far from religion “One year I invited a couple… Continue Reading Year after Year

Leaving the Box Behind

Makor Rishon – Shabbat Magazine March 16, 2018 Originally published in Hebrew Leaving the Box Behind By Elhanan Nir Will the solution to intermarriage come from cooperation with local Muslim communities? The Straus-Amiel Conference of European Rabbis held in Zurich discussed the Jewish-communal challenge in a time of disintegration With the Polish law about the… Continue Reading Leaving the Box Behind

Ocean City a Religious Destination – WJW

FEBRUARY 8, 2018 BY JARED FORETEK For Rabbi Shalom and Revital Hadad, the beauty of Ocean City is matched only by the tenuousness of Jewish life. In the seaside town, kosher isn’t exactly commonplace. But the couple has set out to fill in the gaps since landing there three years ago to lead the small flock at… Continue Reading Ocean City a Religious Destination – WJW

Ladino After Auschwitz

Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum

Ladino After Auschwitz by Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum, Director of OTS’s Straus-Amiel and Beren-Amiel Emissary Training Programs The “bad guys” in the story of the Salonika community are not the Greeks, but rather the Germans. In the city that absorbed Spanish evacuees and turned into a legend, a community is dealing with survival Salonika, Greece A number of… Continue Reading Ladino After Auschwitz

OTS Graduates “Blown Away” by Sukkot Generosity

Rabbi Eli and Rivka Magzimof, Chaplaincy Couple at Leeds University, were “blown away” by generosity of current and former Leeds students who helped them rebuild their sukkah after it was destroyed by fierce winds. Rebuilding the sukkah enabled Eli and Rivka, respective graduates of OTS’s Straus-Amiel Institute and Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute, to host hundreds… Continue Reading OTS Graduates “Blown Away” by Sukkot Generosity

What does Jerusalem mean to you?

What does Jerusalem mean to you? In honor of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification, Rabbi Benjy Myers, Educational Director of OTS’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary preparation programs asked the rabbis and educators serving communities all over the world to pose the question to their congregants and students. This video is a compilation of some of the… Continue Reading What does Jerusalem mean to you?