OTS Amiel BaKehila Hits the Ground Running – Our First Delegation to Poland

“I am a Rabbi in this community, and I am very aware of the importance of your coming here. Words are important and are good, but your music has opened something in our hearts that is beyond what we have here in this community.” So said Rabbi David Szychowski, the Rabbi of Lodz to Mishael Dickman, a talented guitarist and keyboardist who joined the very first OTS Amiel BaKehila delegation to Poland this year. Continue reading “OTS Amiel BaKehila Hits the Ground Running – Our First Delegation to Poland”

And They’re Off!

After two and half months of intensive work, our first delegations are on their way – with more to follow soon. This has not been an easy feat to pull off but we are excited that our months of hard work and planning have come to fruition.

In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut we have sent our first delegation to Poland. Our first delegation is comprised of Rav Boaz Pash – our delegation leader who will be returning to Poland for more trips during the year. Israel Engager Laura Ben David will talk about the ultimate Israel Experience making Aliya and living in Israel, and Mishael Dickman, musician extraordinaire will perform as well as run music workshops in Jewish schools and youth groups. The trip begins at the Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations in Warsaw, Poland. From there they will travel to Brotzlov and then on to Lodz, finishing once again in Warsaw. Throughout the trip our delegation will focus on the topic of Israel Independence day. Continue reading “And They’re Off!”

The Concentric Circles of an OTS Amiel BaKehila Community

During his TED talk at the Ohr Torah Stone’s Straus – Amiel Rabbinic conference in Zurich today, OTS Co-Chancellor Rabbi David Stav discussed what he sees as five circles of communities in every community:

  1. The scholars and most observant in the community
  2. Those who observe Torah and mitzvot
  3. The members of the community who don’t observe mitzvot and practice Judaism daily but come twice a year
  4. People who don’t observe commandments are disconnected from the community
  5. People who are not aware or interested that there is a community

Communities (and their leaders) must often choose which circle they focus on in their activities and in their decisions. This will affect community activities, programs and priorities.

OTS Amiel BaKehila is keenly aware of these concentric communities, and the different needs and demands they make on community leaders. To that end, we will strive to create programming that reaches as many different community circles as possible – using the incredible and diversely talented educators, artists and Israelis affecting change in the world today. Each visit of an OTS Amiel BaKehila delegation to a Jewish community will focus on the diverse needs of these different groups, offering each different group a connection to Israel, Jewish life and to the broader community.