Oraita

What better way is there to prepare for Rosh Hashana than with a tour of the Old City of Yerushalayim followed by dinner, music and inspirational talks culminating with a blessing for the New Year from Rav Shmuel Eliyahu(Chief Rabbi of Tzfat) overlooking Har Habayit? 120 OU Israel Youth Centers teens from Jack E. Gindi…

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This past September a very special flight touched down at Ben Gurion airport. Aboard were members of the ancient Jewish community in India known as the Bnei Menashe. After 2,700 years our brothers have finally returned home. From the airport many of these Olim embarked on their new lives in Kiryat Shmona, Tiberias, and Nazareth…

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A Granddaughter’s Perspective

Published September 19, 2015

  Written by Shelley Shafran It began innocently enough, as these things usually do. Six months ago, in the Jack E. Gindi Oraita   youth group meeting in Teveria one of the boys mentioned he had never been to Jerusalem, and he desperately wanted to visit. When you hear OU you usually just think of Kashrut. If you…

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  Written by  Anita Shafran I was fortunate to celebrate this past Pesach in Israel together with my daughter Sara. We spent the Chag with my daughter Shelley, who made Aliyah twelve years ago. Rabbi Avi Berman (Executive Director, OU Israel) brought us to Kiryat Shmoneh, where Sara made Mezuzot with the Oraita kids in…

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by Zvi Volk The week before Pesach when most Israeli teens were either helping clean the house or going on tiyulim with their youth groups, teens from the Jack E. Gindi Oraita Youth Clubs and Makom Balev had a very different kind of experience. They visited Retorno, an inpatient rehabilitation center near Bet Shemesh, about 25 miles…

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