The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and the Open University will host Jewish Studies graduate students from the University of Amsterdam in Holland. The topic will be “Schism and Debate in Judaism through the Ages.” The program is part of a winter-term initiative of the Jewish Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam. It had its inaugural session last year. Twelve graduate students from the department of Jewish Studies at University of Amsterdam are taking part in partnership with students from the Open University and Schechter Rabbinical Seminary students.
The Jewish community in Ukraine also lights Hanukkah candles in public locations. For the second year in a row, the Conservative/Masorti community has been celebrating the Holiday of Light by lighting candles on a large Hanukkiya placed in one of the main squares of Ukraine’s capital, Kontraktova Square in the historic district of Podyl. This year, the Hanukkiya was attacked by vandals who drew a swastika on it on the very first night of the holiday, splattered a red liquid resembling blood on the 6th night and took down the leaflets explaining the meaning and traditions of the holiday in the meantime.
In a time of increased strife and violence throughout the world we must seek out source of peace and hope. TALI’s Dialogue and Identity program brings together students and teachers from Israeli Jewish and Christian Arab schools.
As you celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, we hope that you will help us bring the light of Jewish learning to 65,000 children and adults by making your annual gift to the Schechter Institutes.
This year, Camp “Ramah Yachad” Ukraine is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its establishment. The camp, founded and funded by Midreshet Yerushalayim and The Schechter Institutes Inc., has played a vital role in the revival of Jewish life among thousands of Jews in the FSU and has helped rebuild Jewish communities in Ukraine.
Last week I traveled to Uzhgorod, Ukraine to participate in an annual seminar of educators who work for Midreshet Yerushalayim Ukraine, which has been funded and supported by the Schechter Institutes in Jerusalem since 1990.
The TALI Education Fund (TALI = Hebrew acronym for Enriched Jewish Studies) is marking the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem with its 7th annual music festival with the participation of 1,500 pupils from 35 TALI schools from all over Israel.
62% of Israelis believe that everyone should be allowed to pray at the Kotel in accordance with egalitarian practice and free of any separation between men and women! Only 9.2% believe that non-Orthodox streams and Women of the Wall should be forbidden to pray at the Kotel.
The Schechter Institutes congratulates our friend and colleague Alice Shalvi on being honored by Nefesh B’Nefesh as a Bonei Zion (Builders of Zion) Prize recipient with a Lifetime Achievement Award.