Memizrach Shemesh is a Beit Midrash (House of Study) for social leadership, which cultivates social activists and leaders in the spirit of Jewish tradition, inspired by the Sephardic and Mizrachi Sages. We create centers of study and activity for young people and students and develop the next generation of homegrown communal leadership, primarily in the social and geographic periphery of Israel. We aim to advance an inclusive and tolerant Judaism, as a response to increasing religious extremism that weakens public solidarity, and instead, promotes humanitarian and democratic values, which are the cornerstones of an enlightened and just society.
Memizrach Shemesh has over 1,000 participants at 50 action centers throughout the country, from all sectors of Israeli society, including secular, traditional and religious, men and women, Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Mizrachim, Russian and Amharic speakers. The Beit Midrash has a vast experience of over 14 years of working with young adults using our unique model of Beit Midrash dialogue learning of varied Jewish texts, exploring Jewish identity and social issues. Over the years, Memizrach Shemesh has successfully coached over 1,000 students, developed their social awareness and sense of belonging, and assisted them in pursuing higher education which in turn raises their prospects of achieving social mobility.
Between 2017 – 2018, Memizrach Shemesh has influenced the lives of over 6,000 Magav army police, Rabbis and their community members, students, pupils and parents.