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A Thousand Words – November 26, 2018

Rabbi Ariel Tal and Maori hongi

Rabbi Ariel Tal, Straus-Amiel shaliach in Wellington, New Zealand, was welcomed to the opening of a Holocaust exhibition by local Maori leadership, who greeted him with the traditional hongi welcome. After the Maori prayers, Rabbi Tal led the Shema Israel. View previous Photo of the Week #ContemporaryJewishLeadership #RabbisWhoAreComfortableInTheWorld #RelevantSpiritualLeadership #KiddushHashem #PartnershipsForProgress #OTSLivingLearningLeading

Magnificent ritual bath in Wroclaw, Poland rededicated, half a century after closing its gates

Basok at the Mikva

Magnificent ritual bath in Wroclaw, Poland rededicated, half a century after closing its gates In the presence of the Chief Rabbi of Poland, the hundred-year-old mikva (ritual bath) was rededicated at the end of the week, after having suffered great neglect during Communist regime in the country By Itamar Eichner, Yediot Acharonot Judaism Reporter –… Continue Reading Magnificent ritual bath in Wroclaw, Poland rededicated, half a century after closing its gates

“Our mission has not ended”

Posed photo of evening's participants

Returning Emissaries: “Our mission has not ended” Eleven emissary families who recently returned from Jewish communities in the Diaspora met last week to reflect upon the happy moments, the times of crisis and difficulty, and also the moments which gave them satisfaction. Some had been in the Diaspora for five years; others for two. Some… Continue Reading “Our mission has not ended”

How many emissaries are there? All the surprising details…

Photo of Fish family

How many emissaries are there, and who is the youngest of all? All the statistics about the emissaries exposed: how old is the youngest, and how many languages to they speak? All of the surprising details. Guy Ezra, Srugim News – 28 September, 2018  (Translated from Hebrew) The new OTS emissaries, graduates of Straus-Amiel, Beren-Amiel, and… Continue Reading How many emissaries are there? All the surprising details…

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, 2018 Photos by Marc Israel Sellem Getachew Gebrei described his new yeshiva as a “light of Torah – wow!” Gebrei, an engineering student, is one of… 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