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Meet the Shlichim: Rachel and Ariel Tal

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Rachel and Ariel TalWellington, New Zealand Ariel and Rachel have been serving as the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Wellington Jewish Community Center  for almost two years. Prior to that, they were youth coordinators in Vancouver, Canada (one year), and teachers and director of special programs at Netivot HaTorah School in Toronto, Canada (3 years). …

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Meet the Shlichim: Rachel and Evyatar HaCohen

Rachel and Evyatar HaCohen Palo Alto, California Teachers at the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School; Evyatar also serves as a Jewish social programming coordinator. The couple has been on shlichut for two years. Children: Yonatan, 6.5 Ariel, 3.5 Ivri, 2 months Tell us about the position you’re in: At the school we are responsible for …

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Meet the Shlichim: Efrat and Max Godet

Efrat and Max GodetMontevideo, Uruguay Rabbi Max and Efrat are the chief rabbi and rebbetzin of Uruguay. Max also serves as the rabbi of the Ashkenazi community and Efrat directs the activities of the women in that community. The couple has been in the position for 3 years, and on shlichut for almost 10. Previous …

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Meet the Shlichim: Andi and Nir Koren

Andi and Nir Koren

Andi and Nir KorenQuito, Ecuador Rabbi Nir and Andi have been serving as the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Quito, Ecuador Jewish community for the past three years. Prior to that, they were on shlichut as the rabbinical couple in Monterrey, Mexico (two years); Cancun, Mexico (two years); and Cali, Colombia (two years).  Children:Daniela, 11Eliya, …

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Meet the Shlichim: Hadar and Moshe Nachman

Hadar and Moshe NachmanOmaha, Nebraska, USA Hadar and Moshe are teachers in the Omaha Jewish community’s Friedel Jewish Academy. They have been on shlichut for one year. Children:Reishit Geula – 10Raya – 8Malachi – 6Tuvia – 3 months Tell us about the community you’re in: A very small Jewish community, both in number and resources. …

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Time to stop disparaging Jews who still live in the Diaspora

Hodaya Lemberger

Time to stop disparaging Jews who still live in the Diaspora  The Zionism of Jews living in the Diaspora is no less Zionist than that of Jews living in Israel. Oped by Hodaya Lemberger , 21/08/20 The continuing spread of the Corona virus has forced us all to take a long hard look at our …

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Meet the Shlichim: Hadas and Avinoam Citron

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Hadas and Avinoam Citron Liverpool, England Avinoam is serving as the rabbi of the community and Hadas is responsible for children’s and youth activities. The couple has been on shlichut for nearly a year. s Children:Odelia Tell us about the community you’re in: A warm and loving community of 350 members, whose first priority is …

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Meet the Shlichim: Shiran and Yoni Dreyer

Shiran and Yoni DreyerOmaha, Nebraska Yoni is a community emissary and the assistant rabbi at Kehillat Beit Yisrael; Shiran is a teacher of Judaism and Hebrew at the community’s school. The couple has been on shlichut for nearly a year. Children:Tchiya – 7Eitan – 5Lavie – 4Ori – 10 months Tell us about the community …

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How should Diaspora Jews mark Tisha B’Av?

How should Diaspora Jews mark Tisha B’Av? How can we promote the Torah of the Land of Israel without denigrating the Diaspora communities? Opinion. Oped by Rabbi Ari Silbermann , 29/07/20 ‘My heart is in the East, and I am in the West,’ proclaimed Yehuda Halevi. After a year as a rabbinical and educational emissary in …

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Meet the Shlichim: Batya and Uriel Zaretsky

Batya and Uriel ZaretskyWarsaw, Poland The Zaretskys have been serving as the Rabbi and Rebbetzion of the Warsaw Jewish community for two years. Batya additionally teaches music in the kindergarten and Jewish community school. Children:Renana – 4.5Hadas – 2 Tell us about the community you’re in: The community is small and diverse. Creativity and sensitivity …

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Meet the Shlichim: Tagel and Itamar Greenblum

Tagel and Itamar GreenblumDurban, South Africa Itamar is the Assistant Rabbi and Tagel is a teacher in the community.They have been on shlichut now for nearly a year. Children: Achinoam – 4Raya Leah – 2.5 Tell us about the community you’re in: The community numbers about 2,000 people, and there are two synagogues. We teach Jewish …

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Meet the Shlichim: Elisheva and Binyamin Goldstein

Elisheva and Binyamin GoldsteinModeno, Italy Rabbi and Rabbanit of the Modeno Synagogue for the past 11 years. In addition, Rabbi Goldstein teaches in the Rabbinical Training program in Rome.  Children: Tehila – 27, married to Aryeh and mother to Itzik and NavaYehoshua – 26Itzik – 25, married to Shoshi and father to Tali and AkivaChezki – …

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