Social Jewish Education

HeHacham HaYomi (The Daily Sage)

The Daily Sage is a compilation of teachings/writings from the Sephardic/Mizrachi sages that offers access to a world of Jewish content from Mizrachi Jewry from the past 200 years. The teachings of these sages and their culture have been relatively inaccessible or ignored by the education curriculum in the areas of Jewish philosophy and literature despite their creative and innovative Torah contributions. The Sephardic and Mizrachi Rabbis produced sophisticated works that can offer a much-needed positive contribution to the development of Israeli culture and offers a sense of pride and belonging.

Social Rabbinic Leadership – Merchav & Sha’arei Uziel Beit Midrash

Israeli Rabbis enjoy broad influence across Israeli society and can determine whether to foster unity or promote divisiveness within public discourse. This has been demonstrated by the increasing trend in Israeli society for Rabbis to issue stringent rulings creating an exclusivist religious approach that associates Judaism with only laws rather than broader social Justice. This has the effect of alienating traditional and secular people with differing approaches or levels of religiosity. In turn, Israel is confronted with heightened religious and social polarization leading to extremism

Tidreshi - Beit Midrash for Women’s Social Leadership

Often Sephardic/Mizrachi women are excluded from participating in religious practice. Increasingly women are leaders in their communities, whether it be in the synagogues and be considered as an integral part of the congregation, as well as in schools where they can teach Jewish law and life.

Netuim

Netuim is a two-year Beit Midrash program consisting of 25 study sessions of 3 hours each that reinforces identity and promotes social leadership for young adults who come from 12 peripheral communities across Israel. These areas include: 12 peripheral cities: Hatzor, Tzfat, Migdal Ha’Emek, Afula, Tiberias, Nazareth Elite, Netanya, Lod, Kiryat Malachi, Ofakim, Netivot, and Arad, with 180 student participants. University students each receive a 10,000 NIS scholarship toward their tuition, to assist them in pursuing higher education and are provided tools to become leaders to promote social change.

Maof

MAOF is a program that embodies its acronym which is Masoret/traditions, Arachim/values and politics. MAOF believes that the more people are exposed to a more tolerant discourse, rooted in the Jewish social tradition, the more we will be able to overcome the societal polarization and extremist discourse that characterizes Israeli society today. To this end, the MAOF Program provides parliamentary advisors the opportunity to infuse the Jewish and democratic State of Israel with moderate Jewish values within the Knesset.