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“Lag B’Omer is one of the Jewish festivals celebrated by all Israelis, not just the Orthodox,” notes Eran Yunger, the  Yachad Program Jewish Cultural Facilitator in Tel Aviv.  “No matter where you go in the weeks leading up to the festival you’ll see kids dragging wood to the site of their bonfire and preparing for the …

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Israelis embark upon a period of National days after Pesach, beginning with Holocaust Remembrance Day and continuing with Memorial Day and Independence Day one week later. The transition from somber days of personal bereavement and national mourning to the unbridled celebration of Yom Haatzmaut creates an intense, emotionally charged mood throughout the entire country. The 32 Yachad …

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“In all of my 46 years, this was the first time I ever heard a Purim megillah reading,” says Kiryat Tivon resident Elad Alon, one of 67,482 Israelis who participated in “Megillah BaKehilla,” an initiative of Ohr Torah Stone’s Yachad Program. Through this year’s partnership with the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, the project – which literally means “Megillah in the community” – was able to …

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CLICK FOR PHOTOS   Yachad: A Warm and Shining Light “There are 75 families living in our building, and the last time we all gathered together was in the bomb shelter during the war,” says Yavneh resident Odelia Ben-Yaakov. “It was a pleasure to be brought together now in celebration; to celebrate life and the …

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The Shofar Belongs to Everyone Rabbi Riskin often says that as committed Jews, our approach toward everything in life is critical: rather than cursing the darkness, we must light more candles. In what has become a tradition, our Yachad Program ran a nationwide Rosh Hashana initiative which lit the proverbial candles for tens of thousands of secular …

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Am Yisrael Chai! Following last night’s terror attack by Palestinian gunmen, which killed four Israelis and wounded six, tens of young people from the Tel Aviv region came to the Sarona Market complex this morning to show support for the shopkeepers and lift the nation’s spirits. Among them was a group from Bat Yam who participate in …

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(Scroll down for photos) As part of this year’s “Megilla BaKehilla” initiative, OTS’s Yachad Program ran 148 community-oriented Megillah readings throughout Israel with the participation of 22,000 Israelis. Each reading was punctuated by questions and answers, singing and dancing, animated presentations and dramatic pantomime, all in an effort to make the ancient story of Esther come alive and become more accessible and understandable …

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Many secular Israelis desperately seek a connection to their Jewish heritage, but they aren’t sure where to go to find it — and the last place they want to look is in a synagogue. “But just because someone doesn’t feel comfortable going to shul doesn’t mean he or she should not be able to participate …

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OTS’s Yachad Program has 30 Jewish Cultural Facilitators working in community centers throughout Israel, inspiring unaffiliated or disaffected Israelis to rekindle their connection to their Jewish heritage and sparking in them an interest in exploring their Jewish identity. Here’s a small taste of the myriad programs that our facilitators ran this Chanukah for thousands of …

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OTS’s Yachad Program was proud to be one of the partners in “Shabbat Yisraelit”  – a nationwide initiative in which observant and nonobservant Israeli families joined together to share a Shabbat experience, in an effort to launch a joint search for a common language to address the Judaism that is our common heritage. The initiative fit naturally into the …

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