Racheli Kreisberg – Innovation Expert, Lecturer

Dr. Racheli Kreisberg serves as the Innovation Attaché of the Netherlands Innovation Network, Ministry of Economic Affairs, at the Netherlands
Embassy in Israel. She is responsible for developing R&D and business collaborations between Dutch and Israeli companies, Universities and research institutions.

In 2016 she established the Israeli-Dutch Innovation Center (www.idic.org.il).
Racheli is also an authorized tour guide in Israel and has developed unique innovation tourism tours for the general public as well as for blind and
visually impaired people. Additionally, she commemorates the legacy of her late grandfather Simon Wiesenthal, the famous Nazi Hunter (https://www.facebook.com/RememberWiesenthal/).

Her 20-year long genealogy hobby, focusing on Galicia, nowadays in the Ukraine, has led her to interesting family history discoveries, such as the identification of many of the 89 murdered family members of Cyla and Simon Wiesenthal as well as to the development of a unique House Number Database of the Galician town from which the Wiesenthal family originates.

Racheli holds a PhD in Biotechnology and Molecular Microbiology from Tel Aviv University (TAU), an Executive MBA from TAU, an MSc in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and an BSc in biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. \

Racheli was born in the Netherlands and immigrated in 1977 with her family to Israel. She is the proud mother of three grown-up girls.

Rabbi Jaron Engelmeyer

Rabbi Engelmeyer serves as a community rabbi in Karmiel, in
the north of Israel, and loves to excite people with Shiurim
and Torah thoughts.
He grew up in Switzerland (his father served as Rabbi and
Chazan in Bern), and after studying in Israel and serving in
the IDF he worked for 10 years as a Rabbi in several communities in Germany. Rabbi Engelmeyer believes his main purpose is to reach out to Jews wherever they are and connect
them to Jewish life and identity, especially the youth.
Five years ago he and his family decided to move back to Israel, where the Shlichut continues.

Impact Report July-September ’19

In the document below, we present a brief report on a wide range of activities which took place between the months of July to September 2019, including statistics, photos and improtant data.

During this short three-month period, OTS Amiel BaKehila partnered with 58 communities and carried out more than 250 activities for more than 13 thousand participants!

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About the Jewish Community of…Helsinki

With Chaya Votking

Tell us about the Jewish community of Helsinki:

The Jewish Community in Helsinki is a dynamic and diverse community with about 1100 members. You can hear many different languages spoken in the community; Finnish, Swedish, English, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Norwegian, Yiddish and so on. The community centre houses a kindergarten, a school for grades 1 – 9, a library, a mikvah, a banquet/sports hall and holds a variety of both religious and cultural activities for different age groups. We have two rabbis and an activity coordinator working with people teaching, guiding and organizing various programs. Also, different international and local organizations are active and bring variety to the activities.
The synagogue building was built in 1906 and it is one of the few synagogues in Europe that survived the Second World War untouched and in which prayers continued uninterrupted. The roots of the community are in Eastern Europe and we still use a Lithuanian liturgy in our services, which is rare in these times. Today Helsinki is home for Jews from different countries, traditions and levels of religious observance. All the people join in the same prayers despite these differences and that is something unique.
One of the most popular activities in the community has been the monthly Shabbat dinner, which is arranged by volunteers.  It brings the community together and besides a delicious meal free of charge, people can enjoy the spirit of Shabbat and good company. At the same time, the community members from different backgrounds get to know each other and it gives a feeling of belonging.