Lighting and Igniting

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

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Shabbat Yisraelit / Shabbat Project

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

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Sukkot for Everyone

“The sukkah belongs to everyone,” says Aryeh Engleman, one of the Yachad Program‘s 30 Jewish Cultural Facilitators working to expose Israelis to their heritage and strengthen their Jewish identity in community centers throughout Israel. “It is a temporary home for everyone and is

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“There’s Room for Everyone”

While Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are arguably the most celebrated of the Jewish festivals in the Diaspora, ironically, these High Holidays are often devoid of meaning for many Israeli Jews who identify as secular, and who see them as

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Lag BaOmer Bat Yam

A Lag B’Omer visit from Rabbi Akiva

“Lag B’omer is actually one of the few holidays which is celebrated in every single sector of Jewish Israel, from secular to ultra-Orthodox communities,” notes Itai Kremer, the Yachad Program’s Jewish Cultural Facilitator in Bat Yam. ” And yet, the

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Beit Midrash for Secular and Religious Teens

Batei Midrash – study centers – are fast becoming a significant part of the Yachad Program’s Jewish Cultural Facilitators’ work because they are appealing and interesting, and they strengthen Jewish identity by engaging adults and children in passionate discussion and debate,

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Chai Beit Midrash

New Yachad Beit Midrash Launched in Tel Aviv

A unique, new Beit Midrash was launched last night by Ori Weill, the Yachad Jewish Cultural Facilitator working in North Tel Aviv’s community centers. The Beit Midrash is of Jewish-Israeli identity, and is comprised of three components, each of which affects the other: Every

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Kabbalat Shabbat in Katzrin

Kabbalat Shabbat in Golan Heights Capital, Katzrin

A snapshot from the Kabbalat Shabbat that took place last Friday in the refurbished lobby of the Katzrin Cultural Center, part of an ongoing series of Kabbalat Shabbat events run by Chaim Possick, the Yachad Program‘s Jewish Cultural Facilitator in

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