OTS Amiel BaKehila returns to North America for its Second Southern Delegation

Over the coming week, OTS Amiel BaKehila’s second delegation will visit New Orleans, Cherry Hill and Charleston, focusing on the topic of “Israel Responding to Crisis around the World.”

The delegation includes Community Educator Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider and Paramedic and International Rescue Coordinator Dov Meisel of International Hatzalah. Over their busy visit they will speak to a variety of groups and organizations, connecting with a diverse range of people from each of the three communities.

New Orleans, LA
The visit kicks off in New Orleans, when Dov Maisel speaks at a JNOLA Happy Hour co-sponsored by the New Orleans Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish Endowment Foundation. Dov will present what to expect and how to prepare for an imminent threat, as well as discuss Israel’s role in emergencies.

The delegation will visit both the Jewish Community Day School of New Orleans as well as the Torah Academy of New Orleans where Dov will talk about “Superheroes” and Rabbi Goldscheider will give a pre-Rosh Hashanah talk at the Gertler Law firm.

Dov Maisel will also speak at a Community Emergency Preparedness event at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center.

From New Orleans, it’s on to Cherry Hill!

Cherry Hill, NJ
In Cherry Hill, the delegation will meet with a group of students from the Politz Hebrew Academy and later meet with a group of elementary school children at the Katz JCC Just4Kids after school program.

Over Shabbat the delegation will offer a number of programs at Congregation Sons of Israel including a Scholar in Residence Pre-Selichot Shabbaton as well as a Pre-Selichot Program featuring Dov Maisel on “Israel Responding to Disasters around the Globe.”

Charleston, SC
On Sunday, the delegation travels to Charleston, South Carolina  for the last leg of our journey. There they will meet with a group on the Sea Islands as well as with students at the Citadel Military College. Dov Maisel will present at a Community Based Emergency Response with the CHS County Rescue Squad, co-sponsored with CJF’s Israel and Overseas Committee and Jewish Community Security Task Force, and Rabbi Goldscheider will give a talk on “Coping With Loss: Finding Comfort from Tradition” sponsored by Synagogue Emanu-El Sisterhood.

They will conclude the busy visit with a final stop and a presentation from Dov Maisel at the Addlestone Hebrew Academy.

Sagit Peretz Deri – Speaker and Activist

Sagit Peretz Deri is an Israeli speaker and activist in the areas of Judaism, feminism, Israeli politics, Mizrachi culture and Sephardic Halachah. A real-estate lawyer by profession, she works to promote inclusion of Mizrachi representation, culture and tradition within the larger religious community in Israel, as we as for greater inclusion of women in traditional Jewish frameworks. She has spoken at numerous forums and educational institutions, including at Tel Aviv University and for Israel’s Ministry of Education.

Peretz-Deri has written for Ha’aretz, Mekor Rishon, and other Israeli newspapers and websites, and has appeared on Israeli television and radio (Channels 1, 2, 10, Army Radio, and others) to discuss Judaism, women, socio-economics and the ethnic gap in Israel. In 2014,  in an effort to bring a feminist and Mizrachi viewpoint to the traditional political class,  Sagit served as the founding Chairwoman of the Womens’ Forum of the Bayit Hayehudi political party. Sadly, she failed to find a receptive audience for her message of inclusion, and subsequently publicly left the party a year later.

In addition to her law degree, she also holds a Masters Degree in Advanced Talmud from Bar Ilan University.

Dov Maisel – International Rescue Coordinator

Dov Maisel is the senior Vice-President of Operations for United Hatzalah/Untied Rescue volunteer emergency response organizations. He is an active Combat Medic and a Company Commander in the Israel Defense Forces (Res.) and specializes in a mass disaster, rescue and recovery training for both the civilian and military arenas. He is an innovator and inventor of medical technologies and devices implemented in Israel and Globally and is on the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services Magazine (JEMS).

In addition to his many fields of expertise, he leads Israeli rescue missions to disaster-struck countries such as Haiti and Nepal and has been spearheading international expansion by helping cities all over the world develop community-based emergency response programs based on the model of United Hatzalah.

OTS Amiel BaKehila by the Numbers

It’s been a very “short” six months. From the first day of February when we opened our office, it has been a frenzy of activity – developing our program model, reaching out to communities, creating partnerships with local community leaders – the list is long, and continues to grow.

Yet, at the six-month mark we can look back with a sense that we’re in the process of building something both important and meaningful. We pray that as we continue to grow, learn and improve, we – together with our amazing educators, artists, communities leaders and partners – will be blessed to continue to build connections and strengthen Jewish communities around the world.