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Hason Family

Over the course of the summer, the newest cadre of emissaries trained by the Straus-Amiel and Beren-Amiel Institutes will be embarking upon rabbinical, educational and spiritual shlichut in  Jewish communities around the world – and this week, the first family departed Israel on this mission to make a difference. Tzuri and Hannah Leah Hason will …

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Rabbi Ariel Yeshurun

‘Sometimes we cry,’ says IDF colonel deployed at site of Florida condo collapse Col. Golan Vach says Surfside building collapse is one of the most difficult situations he has witnessed. Meanwhile, Rabbi Ariel Yeshurun, who is coordinating supply efforts, says “We’re just seeing an incredible outpouring of compassion and a desire to help.” By Reuters …

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The Kasowitz Family in Kenya

Chicago to Israel to Kenya A family’s story of living Jewishly on three continents Michelle Cohen, May 28, 2021 When Avital Kaszovitz prepared to be a Modern Orthodox shlicha (emissary) to the Jewish community in Kenya, she never imagined one of the first things she would do would be sending homemade challah and chicken soup to recovering COVID-19 …

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Emissaries abroad issue letter of solidarity with Israel Israeli emissaries sent abroad: “Every hour of the day we are closely following how you are so strongly standing up against the enemy.” Arutz Sheva Staff , May 23 , 2021 Over one hundred Israeli emissaries currently located in communities across the Diaspora and representing a variety of …

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Students in OTS’s Straus-Amiel Emissary Training Institute were taken to the Oz v’Gaon reserve for a day of fun team-building. Building a cohesive group contributes to a better learning environment; it’s no longer about a handful of individuals but about a group undergoing a process together. But team-building also contributes to a better shlichut – …

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Love for Israel and true Zionism are not defined by borders Ohr Torah Stone emissary in Scotland describes preparations there for Israel’s Independence Day, & what the community has taught her. Op-ed. Hodaya Lemberger , April 15 , 2021 Even as a young child, I can vividly remember Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) as the …

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rabbi bentzi and michal mann

Ensuring Jewish Community Growth, Even During a Pandemic When idealistic, committed young adults embark on the two-year Straus-Amiel Emissary Training Program for rabbinical couples, they cannot possibly imagine all of the challenges they will face building Jewish community throughout the Diaspora; least of all, those that will arise due to a worldwide pandemic. During the …

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Ayala (Shapira) and Eliran Shabo Athens, Greece Eliran Shebo is serving as Deputy Rabbi while Ayala (Shapira) Shebo is a teacher as well as being responsible for community projects in the Jewish community of Athens, Greece. The couple was the first to go out on shlichut from last year’s crop of graduates (because of COVID); …

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“One Extended Family” – OTS Emissary Training Programs Reach Out to Students’ Parents When a young couple makes the decision to leave Israel and serve as emissaries, the move impacts not only them, but their parents, as well.  Over the last 22 years, Ohr Torah Stone’s Straus-Amiel Rabbinical Emissary Program, Beren-Amiel Educational Emissary Program and …

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Natalia and Shaul FribergHeidelberg, Germany Rabbi Shaul and Rabbanit Natalia Friberg have been serving as the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the young people in the “Hochschule für Jüdische Studien” community in Heidelberg, Germany, for the past 13 years. Children:Hannah- 24Raphael- 22Sarah – 20Shimon- 18Chava- 16 Tell us about the community you’re in:We serve as the campus …

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Ruchama and Ariel YeshurunMiami, Florida, USA Ariel and Ruchama Yeshurun have been serving as the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Skylake Synagogue in Miami, Florida for the past 10 years. Children:Avner Yishai – 20Akiva Nechemia – 18Tamara Naomi – 16Leah Zahava – 10Sasson Moshe – 7Yakira Mazal – 2 Tell us about the community you’re …

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Tu B’shvat program highlights importance of Jewish Diaspora While most Diaspora communities look to Israel for direction, one local program is looking to strengthen Diaspora Jewry Dena Wimpfheimer, Jan 28, 2021  While most Diaspora communities look to Israel to celebrate the holiday of Tu B’shvat and the new flowering season, one program in Israel is …

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