Atlanta’s Chabad Israeli Center will be hosting a 10-day seminar for young Israelis living in the United States and Canada, offering Torah learning and practical assistance with the challenges they face, all while having a great time with fellow Israelis.
Atlanta’s Chabad Israeli Center, led by Rabbi Mendy Gurary, will be hosting a 10-day seminar for young Israelis living in the United States and Canada, offering Torah learning and practical assistance with the challenges they face, all while having a great time with fellow Israelis.
Rabbi Alexander Piekarski will direct the program, establishing a locale where Israelis – from across the United States and Canada – can come to strengthen their connection with Judaism and Israel.
Many young Israelis come to the United States in search of a livelihood and a taste of American life. They are scattered all over the country and often feel alienated in American Jewish centers because of language and cultural differences. They face challenges they’ve previously been unfamiliar with, such as the unavailability of kosher food and kosher restaurants, a lack of Shabbat & holiday atmosphere and community life.
This creates an “identity crisis” for some of them, and in addition to their intense preoccupation with work, these challenges can easily lead to assimilation and the loss of their Jewish identity.
Hebrew speaking shluchim from across America recognized the need that these young Israelis have, to connect with each other, learn and gain tools for successfully adapting to American life.
The solution: a 10-day seminar geared just for them.
Atlanta’s Chabad Israeli Center, in coordination with other “Chabad Israeli Centers” throughout the United States, will be opening its doors. Over the course of the next 12 months, four seminars – ten days each – have been planned. Young Israelis from across the United States and Canada will be invited for a week and a half of exciting Torah lessons, talks, discussions, and practical assistance in the challenges they face.
In addition to a personal and direct connection with rabbis and mentors who speak their language, and share the same mentality, they will be in the company of other young Israelis who face the same religious and daily challenges as they do.
The seminar will offer accommodation and three meals daily at the Chabad Israeli Center in Atlanta.
The goal is for the Center to become a place regularly open to host young Israelis who feel the need for a “time-out” in a familiar environment, and to keep in touch with the People, the Torah and the Land.
The first seminar is scheduled to take place Thursday 27 Av, Aug 5th – Sunday 7 Elul Aug 15th 2021