The Program

HOW DOES OTS AMIEL BAKEHILA WORK?

Working in partnership with local communal leadership, OTS Amiel BaKehila will bring talented Jewish educators, Israel-engagers and Jewish artists to create meaningful programming that will unify, broaden, enhance and strengthen your local community and its connection to the Jewish State.

We will work with your community to design a year-long educational program involving seven encounters with our delegation in your community.

Each delegation will include:

  • Chief Community Educator
  • Israel Engager

and/or

  • Arts Ambassador

The Chief Community Educator, an experienced, dynamic Jewish educator, will take part in each of the seven visits throughout the year, and serve as a point-person with the members of your community.

The educator will be accompanied by a different Israel Engager* and/or Arts Ambassador** during each visit.

*An Israel Engager is an expert who will connect your community to what’s really happening in Israel who may be a member of the military, Israel’s high-tech sector, an expert in hasbarah or an Israeli politician and much more.

**An Arts Ambassador is a creative professional of Jewish arts and culture, who will engage your community members through music, design, film, media and more.

Each visit will be between 2-3 days, with a combination of weekday and weekend/Shabbat programs. We will work with as many community institutions as time allows, including local schools, synagogues, facilities for the elderly, youth movements, as well as in local homes and businesses.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

OTS Amiel BaKehila and Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs cover the cost of flights, training, material preparation and staffing expenses, a value of over $30,000.

Your community provides local transportation, lodging and meals during our stay, as well as the necessary facilities and supplies to run amazing programming.

You will also designate an OTS Amiel BaKehila Coordinator who will work with us to coordinate each visit together with the various constituencies throughout your local Jewish community.

*The OTS Amiel BaKehila Coordinator can be either a volunteer or communal Jewish professional

WHAT COMMUNITIES ARE ELIGIBLE?

The program focuses on Jewish communities in municipalities with a Jewish population between 300 and 10,000, or smaller communities within larger Jewish areas that are at least 30 minutes from a major Jewish community.

We believe that OTS Amiel BaKehila will have a significant and lasting impact on your community by helping it grow, and strengthening its cohesiveness, Jewish identity and connection to Israel.

HOW DO WE GET STARTED?

To apply contact Rabbi Reuven Spolter . Upon confirmation of your community’s participation, we will assign a Senior Jewish Educator who will work together with us and your community and begin planning the first visit immediately.