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.

The Whole Picture

Creating a new program like building a puzzle: you’re working towards the whole picture piece by piece part by part. And each part is made up of more parts. The communities, the delegations, the programs.

It is a process of growing and learning.

Happily though, the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place. We have successfully closed with communities in Latin America, North America, and Europe. We are slowly finding the people to work in the programs. We are meeting and interviewing potential delegation leaders, we are talking to and amassing a list of interested artists and speakers in a variety of fields and interests. We are working our way through nitty gritty details and bureaucracy that can’t be avoided.

And slowly a picture is emerging. And it is exciting to see it take shape.

We hope to have our first delegations up and running around Pesach time and on their way sometime soon afterwards.

We look forward to our new experiences in your communities, and look forward to seeing the picture that will soon emerge.

Michal Campagnano Ayeli – Jewish Historian; Italian Synagogue Museum

Michal Ayali- Tour Guide, Historian, Eduacator

Michal Campagnano Ayali was born in Jerusalem. Michal works as a guide in the field of History and the Land of Israel. She worked in the Maapilim Museum in Atlit for several years as a guide and director of programing. Today she works in the  Italian Synagogue Museum as a guide and for their Marketing and Public Relations Dept.

She is also an experienced Halachic instructor for brides to be and has studied in various Halachic programs.

Today she lives in Neve Daniel, Gush Etzion with her husband and children.

Geula Twersky – Artist, Educator

Geula Twersky’s art interweaves Jewish tradition, history and the many facets of her own life. The pain she felt as the child of a Holocaust survivor and the national euphoria she experienced as she matured in the era following Six Day War have strongly influenced her paintings. Her work delves into the significance of her name Geula — redemption.