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Welcoming Shabbat B’Yachad – Together The Yachad Jewish Identity Program harnesses the long, sunny Fridays of Israeli summer to run communal Kabbalat Shabbat programs across the country, bringing thousands of Israelis closer to their heritage and their communities “Not all of us bring the Shabbat into our homes through the traditional songs or with Kiddush,” …

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Passover 2022: Finding redemption in the face of terror – opinion The Talmud teaches that Nisan is the month of redemption for everyone just as it was for the Jews in Egypt in Exodus by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander   | April 8, 2022  The Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 10b) teaches that the month of Nisan is not …

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Hanukkah initiative brings holiday joy to thousands of families in Israel ‘Our Building Lights’ initiative brings holiday traditions to communities around Israel. Arutz Sheva Staff , December 01 , 2021 While coronavirus remains a constant issue on the mind of all, the organizers of Ohr Torah Stone’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity are creating a “sense …

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  Tonight, We Don’t Learn Torah “On Tisha B’Av we are compelled to rise above any division and debate and to remember that we have a common purpose” In recent years, the “Tonight, We Don’t Learn Torah” Tisha B’Av programs have become a fixture on the Israeli landscape, as hundreds of thousands of Israelis flock …

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Tisha Be’av: Finding ourselves to find redemption – opinion The service on Tisha Be’av focuses on golah, exile, and its movement towards geulah, redemption. The difference between these two Hebrew words is one letter, aleph, for ani – me. By Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, July 15, 2021  In his introduction to Book of Genesis, the …

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Silver Linings: Building New Strategies in the Face of COVID OTS’s Yachad Program for Jewish Identity offers Israeli Jews who identify as secular an opportunity to explore and reclaim their Jewish heritage through communal programming based in the local community centers.  But what happens when the community centers are closed because of COVID? As the …

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Spreading “Baseless Love” Throughout Israel Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Temple due to sinat hinam (baseless hatred), is a perfect time for the Yachad Program for Jewish Identity to promote baseless love, Jewish unity and reflection on the frictions and animosities facing the Jewish people today The three weeks between the 17th …

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Building Identity and Creating Community For many secular Israelis who wouldn’t think of entering a synagogue or participating in “religious” activities, the Yachad Program provides meaning – as well as an outlet that empowers them to explore their Jewish heritage and even pass it on to their children. “Israelis who are religious have a much …

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Corona’s Bad Enough Without It Dividing Us Rabbi Kenneth Brander 13/03/2020 Perhaps one of the most painful realizations of tragedy is that someone will inevitably try to manipulate hardship to advance their own ideological agenda. I was therefore, not surprised and yet still deeply saddened to see that the current Coronavirus outbreak was no exception. …

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From Baseless Hatred to Baseless Love The Yachad Program for Jewish Identity operated meaningful Tisha B’Av programming throughout Israel designed to bring contemporary relevance to a seemingly archaic Jewish observance As Israel prepares for its second round of elections, it seems that hatred, stereotypes, and rifts among different segments of the population have never been …

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Kabbalat Shabbat 2019

Opening the Window to Spirituality Shabbat in Israeli society is often viewed as a day of conflict, not a day of rest. The perception amongst many secular Israelis is that the religious are unwilling to allow any public transport or the opening of any public places of entertainment, thereby forcing many people to stay at …

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