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 …

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 …

Warsaw’s Jews Bury Sifrei Torah

Warsaw’s Jewish community buried fragments of pre-war Torah scrolls inside two enormous clay jars at the city’s Jewish cemetery on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.  Kol Hakavod to OTS Straus-Amiel graduate, Warsaw’s Chief Rabbi Moshe Bloom, for organizing the burial in cooperation with Poland’s …

Palermo’s First Synagogue in 500 Years

For over 500 years there was no Shul in Palermo, Sicily. This week, part of a Catholic Church will become a synagogue. Kol Hakavod to OTS Straus-Amiel graduate, Rabbi Pinhas Punturello, on this incredible achievement.   Palermo, Sicily, to get first synagogue in 500 years In a gesture marking anniversary of expulsion, Catholic Church will finance …

OTS Annual Dinner 2016

SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES Ohr Torah Stone held its 2016 annual dinner on December 13, 2016 in Manhattan.  At the dinner, Ohr Torah Stone honored two couples for their outstanding leadership and generosity: Lolly and Hertzie Bak and Joyce and David Friedman.  The dinner celebrated the 18th anniversary of Ohr Torah Stone’s remarkable emissary training …

Appeal for Peace

    In Bratslav, Ukraine, Straus-Amiel emissary Rabbi David Basok joined other faith leaders, including the Dalai Lama, in a united APPEAL FOR PEACE.   “We have gathered here in this unique place, in this truly amazing region where people of many nations and cultures have successfully co-existed despite their different beliefs and religions. …

A Purim to Remember

“Rabbi Joe Wolfson went to sleep Purim night on a high after one of his greatest religious and communal Jewish experiences ever. As the OU-JLIC Torah Educator at New York University, Rabbi Wolfson and his wife, Corinne Shmuel, serve as role models and community organizers on campus in partnership with Hillel. In the weeks leading up to Purim, …

Straus Seminary Musmach Elected Chief Rabbi of Frankfurt

Rabbi Avichai Apel has been elected Chief Rabbi of Frankfurt With the blessing of the leading rabbis, the Israeli rabbinate and the heads of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Avichai Apel has been elected to serve as rabbi of Frankfurt, Germany.  “I will continue to do everything in my power to spread and glorify the Torah” With …

Giving Thanks

“אוֹדֶה ה’ בְּכָל-לֵבָב” — “I give thanks to God with all my heart” This was the heart-felt proclamation made by Rabbi Boaz Pash in a moving display of gratitude to the Almighty yesterday. Rav Boaz, a former Straus-Amiel emissary and current Rosh Kollel of Ohr Torah Stone’s Kollel Torat Yosef was miraculously …