25 December

Oraita Teens Visit Retorno and Learn About Effecting Positive Change

Members of the Jack E. Gindi Oraita Club in Acco recently visited Retorno near Kibbutz Tzora, southwest of Jerusalem. Retorno is a substance abuse rehabilitation center. The teens who visited Retorno in early December are 17-18 years old and have a variety of problems, says Chaim Pelzner, Oraita Director. “Most...
27 November

Team Yachad Yerushalayim “Runs in Color” in Tel Aviv

With the Jerusalem Marathon 2014 just 4 months away, members of Team Yachad are already training. In mid-November 800 Yachad supporters made their way to Ganei Yehoshua in north Tel Aviv for the first Running in Color 5 km race. This year’s Running in Color had an estimated 3,000 participants....
8 August

Cave of the Patriarchs Release

To commemorate the reading of the Torah portion of Chayei Sarah this coming Sabbath, November 19, which describes Abraham’s purchase of the Maarat HaMachpelah (Cave of Patriarchs), a booklet of greetings from both Israeli and Diaspora leaders will be published by the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs...
8 August

A Letter is Worth…

Purim music streaming from the truck, they drove from base to base delivering Mishloach Manot. As they pulled out, soldiers poured out of the buildings. There was singing, there was dancing, there were huge smiles all around. Many of the soldiers we visited fought in Gaza, and the mishloach...
8 August

From the Heart, In the Heart

The Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center, located on Rehov Keren HaYesod in the center of Jerusalem, is a heart pulsing with life and hope for the Jewish people—all Jews, of all ages, of all backgrounds. With the vision and leadership of its Executive Director Rabbi Avi...
8 August

R&R from the rockets suggests resilience of teens

It took a gaggle of giggling grade 10 girls on a sabbatical here from their rocket-pounded homes in Ashdod to prove, yet again, that Israel’s strength lies in its twin bitachon (trust) in God and the IDF. Standing in front of the Kotel, Anael - one of 33 students from...
8 August

If I Forget Thee, Oh Jerusalem Youth

In the U.S., we use phrases like “kids off the derech” or “teenagers at risk”, but Israel’s Dati Leumi (religious Zionists) have termed it “youth on the edge”. The following letter was submitted to Olam Katan, a popular Shabbat newsletter in Israel. The author offers a personal opinion that...