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2016

ORAITA THE ZULA

YACHAD ISRAEL MAKOM BALEV

MASHIV HARUACH

OU ISRAEL ANNUAL REPORT

OU ISRAEL CENTER NCSY ISRAEL

CAMP DROR I.F.S TAGLIT

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MAKOM BALEV 24 ORAITA 28 THE ZULA 32 OU ISRAEL PARTNERS 2016

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FINANCIALS 37 AFFECTING POLICY

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DEAR FRIENDS, We are blessed to be living during the period of redemption. Yeshayahu prophesized:

‫לך‬-‫ נקבצו באו‬,‫ וראי כולם‬,‫סביב עינייך‬-‫"שאי‬ ”‫צד תיאמנה‬-‫ ובנותייך על‬,‫בנייך מרחוק יבואו‬ )‫ ד‬,‫(ישעיהו ס‬

“Lift up your eyes all around and look, everyone is gathering and coming to You. Your sons will come from afar, and your daughters will be raised at their side.”(Yeshayahu 60:4) How true are Yeshayahu’s words. Jews from 92 countries have immigrated to Israel in recent decades. What was a dream just 100 years ago is today’s reality. Israel is now the largest Jewish community in the world. This is a tremendous blessing, but this miracle also comes with its share of challenges. Day in and day out, our goal at OU Israel is to take care of our brothers and sisters living in Israel and make sure they have the support and resources needed to build their lives here. While on the outside an American teen Oleh living in Yerushalayim and a second generation Israeli-born teen living in Dimona may seem very different, we know that they are both struggling to integrate into Israeli society. They also both have a lot to contribute to Israeli society, but they need someone to give them the confidence and skills to maximize their potentials.

OU Israel means something else to everyone. To the young Oleh family from North America we helped motivate their 18 year old to stay in Israel, attend Yeshiva and join the IDF. To the English speaker, we are her chance to learn Torah and socialize during the day. To the pre-teen girl in Kiryat Shmona, we are the reason she learned about her Jewish roots and celebrated her Bat Mitzvah. To the Israeli boy in Sderot whose father left when he was a baby, we teach him how healthy couples interact with each other. To the IDF soldier stationed in a guard booth for hours on end in the cold, we help inspire him to protect his brothers and sisters. I am thrilled to share OU Israel’s Annual Report with you, highlighting the multitude of accomplishments and successes we merited to have this year, thanks to friends like you. It enables you - our partners and the different demographics we touch - to see the width and breadth of OU Israel. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of our wonderful partners that enable us to run the programs presented in this annual report. It is an honor to present to you a review of what took place across Israel in 2016, and I look forward to working with you as we continue and expand these programs in the future. B’vracha,

Rabbi Avi Berman Executive Director, OU Israel

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THE SEYMOUR J. ABRAMS JERUSALEM WORLD CENTER

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OU ISRAEL CENTER This year over 85,000 people visited The Seymour J. Abrams Jerusalem World Center for it’s warm embracing environment, spiritual inspiration, and social connection. Serving a wide demographic of English-Speaking Olim, from young professionals to active retirees, the OU Israel Center has become the epicenter of Torah learning and cultural events for English-Speaking Yerushalmim. With over 80 weekly programs, it truly has something exciting for everyone.

“The OU Israel Center is my family here in Israel.”

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PERSONAL STORY: “My parents taught me the importance of helping people. I came to Israel five years ago and in my neighborhood, I came across the OU Israel Center building. I thought back to when Over I was younger and helping my annual Shiurim, mother with the grocery shopping workshops and and told me that products with events an OU were the ones to buy. So I Torah Tidbits - Weekly Torah publicadecided to go inside and see what tion distributed to 400 communities on a the OU Center was all about. When weekly basis. I came in, I saw that the Library was looking for volunteer assistance, which was a Yair Landau Memorial Library - The library provides perfect opportunity for me. Now I come to volunover 12,000 volumes. Educational opportunities include teer and also to take advantage of so many of the multimedia programs. wonderful programs they have here. I attended two recent performances of “Count the Stars” and Volunteering Program - The Volunteering program loved every minute of it.” gives active retirees and young anglo professionals an - Sarah F. opportunity to contribute to the community, meet people, and sharpen their skills. In 2016, over 100 English-Speaking olim volunteered at the OU Israel Center in various capacities.

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OU Israel Travel - Deepening connections to Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael







“For me the main thing is that this is a place where everyone is speaking English and there are a variety of programs, and each person can find the level that suits him.”

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THE AVROM SILVER JERUSALEM COLLEGE FOR ADULTS The Avrom Silver College for Adults at the OU Israel Center provides dozens of inspirational Torah classes for the English-Speaking population. Shiurim range from Parshat Hashavua, Halacha, Jewish History, Contemporary Issues, Talmud, and Jewish Thought. In this enriching environment, participants develop their knowledge, hone intellectual skills, and foster a deeper connection to the Torah. The learners become a community, keeping in touch outside of classes as well. Dean: Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold

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SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

In addition to the regularly scheduled Shiurim, the Avrom Silver College holds approximately 50 special events and programs throughout the year. These include community Shabbatonim, holiday events, and summer series. During the winter the program hosted Sherri Mandell, Rabbi David Aaron, and Rabbi Moshe Averick and others for an 8-part author series.

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In 2016, the program expanded to offer weekly classes in Netanya, as well as monthly shiurim in a number of Yerushalayim neighborhoods.

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OU ISRAEL TRAVEL OU Israel Travel enables English-Speaking olim and visitors to get to know Israel firsthand and develop deep love for this beautiful country. Each year, the program offers dozens of day trips and retreats, which inspire a deeper connection to the Land of Israel and its rich heritage. Highlights include: n 2 Week Jewish India Adventure with Ari & Ari n Jewish Tel Aviv n Four Day Eilat Retreat n VIP Security Tours with Dani Tirza n Gush Etzion

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“Very well put together very friendly group and organized, thank you.”





In 2016, OU Israel Travel expanded its activity to offer more tours each month. Each OU Israel Travel tour attracts on average 45 participants. Moreover, to accommodate both local and visiting participants, OU Travel launched an online registration option participants via the OU Israel Center’s website.

“The first 25-30 years in Israel we travelled to Tel Aviv often so I am certainly familiar with the city, but I admit I haven’t really been there in some twenty or more years, and the tour with OU Israel was both informative and introspective.”

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THE L’AYLA WOMEN’S INITIATIVE The L’Ayla Women’s Initiative of the OU Israel Center is dedicated to empowering Jewish women through adult education and social activity. L’Ayla is an Aramaic word that means “to go up” or to reach higher, signifying the conviction that every person strives to develop in a positive direction. OU Israel and L’Ayla have created a meeting place for women that empowers them to speak with a stronger, more unified voice in shaping family, community, and Jewish institutions. With 10 weekly Shiurim, supplemented by workshops and events, women have the opportunity to nurture their talents, create friendships, and enrich their intellectual, emotional, and spiritual experience.

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MOMMY AND ME

Young mothers juggling multiple responsibilities often find themselves cut off from peer interaction. To address the need, L’Ayla runs three weekly Mommy and Me groups providing a support and social network for 45 women and their toddlers each week.

Leading Rabbanim and teachers, teach HalaTHE ART PROGRAM cha, Rabbinic Texts and Parshat HaShavua. While many women want to continue develThese classes strengthen the women’s Torah oping their talents after making Aliyah, learning while providing opportunities there is a dearth of appropriate to brainstorm and network with English programs. L’Ayla offers other women. The result is a citya wide variety of art work“Great shiurim and wide sisterhood where women shops and classes, including share knowledge, ideas and wonderful staff. painting, writing, mosaic, and experiences, as well as expand Intellectual, emotional, the choir. their social and professional spiritual, and social networks. Our world renowned “COUNT THE STARS” faculty include Mrs. Shira Smiles, nourishment.” PRODUCTION Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz, and -Brenda Bronner In 2016, the Jerusalem Rebbetzin Pearl Borow. Women’s Performance Community (WPC) partnered with the OU Israel’s 2016 l OU ISRAEL ANNUAL REPORT

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L’Ayla department to unite greater Yerushalayim’s women of diverse backgrounds and ages and to foster friendships through the common language of the performing arts. After several successful monthly programs, WPC set out to mount a full-scale musical production in Yerushalayim. For six months, during the recent wave of terror, 70 women, ages 7-70, gathered twice weekly for rehearsals at the OU Israel Center. The initiative culminated in four sold-out performances of the hit musical “Count the Stars,” retelling the biblical story of Avraham and Sarah, the couple that revolutionized the world through their lives of goodness and faith. The performance created a tight-knit community of women and had a ripple effect of excitement among English-speaking women throughout Israel.


PERSONAL STORY: “Moving countries is never easy. Moving to Israel, all the more so. I didn't decide to live here because it was easy; I wanted to be part of the future of the Jewish people. The very week I stepped off the plane, I was welcomed by the Jerusalem Women's Performance Community of the OU Israel Center. From the very first rehearsal, I had a home and new friendly faces to turn to. Belonging to a group filled with so much talent, ingenuity, humility, and kindness was a real support and comfort in the first few months. My fellow members, now close friends, understood my bureaucratic struggles, my homesickness from a place of personal experience. As the months progressed, we took this project to the highest level of creativity, professionalism, and inspiration that we possibly could. I am grateful that this experience is what shaped my Aliya. My first steps in this beautiful, frenzied country were supported by so many strong women and girls. I began my life here to the soundtrack of beautiful singing, ‘Step into the light, there's One Creator, there's no one that's greater.’Thank you WPC and the OU Israel Center for this experience, for the kindness, inspiration, and friendship.“ -Tikva Feiglin, “Count the Starts” cast member

JCHAT

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Recognizing the difficulty of young Olim in finding and joining communities, in 2016 The OU Israel Center launched JCHAT - the Jerusalem Community Hub for Anglos and Torah. The program is aimed at providing inspiration and connection for young professionals with Shiurim, social events, and Rabbinic mentorship and guidance. JCHAT has already established a young leaderships committee. Leveraging the power of social media, JCHAT keeps “On a personal level, I can participants wholeheartedly say that the my connected via involvement with the OU Israel a Whatsapp Center has been THE highlight group and of my move to Yerushalayim.” through a Face- Maayan Heller, book presence. JCHAT steering While committee JCHAT will launch its full program in early 2017, the preliminary events have been a success and over 120 young professionals arrived for the joint JCHAT/YU Connects singles event. JCHAT’s official launch event with a Chanukah Celebration was attended by 200 young English-Speaking olim from throughout Yerushalayim. ANNUAL REPORT

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NCSY ISRAEL

Making Aliyah is particularly difficult for teens. NCSY Israel helps English-Speaking immigrant teens integrate into Israeli society by helping them feel proud about their heritage, while getting to know their homeland. In a sea of change, the teens encounter a familiar name from back home - NCSY - a ubiquitous North American youth movement, with decades of experience in developing best practices for reaching and connecting Jewish teens. Like all teens, young Olim confront everyday challenges. These are compounded by cultural differences, social limitations, and a significant language barrier. NCSY Israel is crucial for the absorption of immigrants from English-Speaking countries, helping them grow into emotionally healthy and connected Israeli adults.

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Since both teens and their parents are not always familiar with educational and IDF options during and after high school, NCSY Israel counsels teens to help them choose an appropriate track after graduation. Over half of NCSY teens surveyed indicated that the program has been crucial in shaping their decision to stay in Israel.

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“NCSY Israel is a place where English speakers can come to meet new people, make great friends, and learn about the importance of Israel. “ - Shoshi R. 16, Ma’ale Adumim

“Adjusting to living in Israel has exposed us to some challenges kids in the USA and Israel have not experienced. Having friends to share our feelings, learn that we are not alone, that our challenges are “normal” and hearing how others have successfully dealt with similar issues is important to me. ” - Elianna R. 16, Yerushalayim


PERSONAL STORY:

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NCSY ISRAEL OPERATES 11CHAPTERS: Yerushalayim Beit Shemesh Chashmonaim Efrat Elazar Kfar Saba

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SHABBATONIM It wouldn’t be NCSY without them. NCSY Israel held 5 Shabbatonim in 2016, in Yerushalayim, Beit Shemesh, Efrat, Givat Shmuel and Modiin. Each event emphasized a different aspect of the Israeli experience.









WHAT HAS NCSY ISRAEL DONE FOR YOU

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HELPED ACCLIMATE INTO ISRAELI SOCIETY

IMPROVED ATTITUDE TOWARDS JOINING IDF/ NATIONAL SERVICE

IMPROVED ATTITUDE TOWARDS LIVING IN ISRAEL

SEE THEMSELVES LIVING IN ISRAEL IN 5 YEARS 51% THANKS TO NCSY

“I’m 16 years old and study at Yerushalayim Torah Academy. I made aliyah almost three years ago. When my parents had the “We’re moving to Israel” talk with me, I took it fairly well compared to most teens. But I knew I’d be missing a lot of things, including NCSY. Having 7 older siblings, NCSY was always an idea I grew up with. Every Tuesday my siblings would go with friends to learn and get a free latte. When they graduated from high school, I would see them walk on stage and receive an award from NCSY. I was always proud of them and hoped that one day that would be me up there. Clearly aliyah was going to change that. People always say that the first year in Israel is the hardest. I can tell you that it’s true. On top of the new language, new school, trying to make friends, and learning the ways of a different society, knowing I wouldn’t follow in my siblings’ footsteps in NCSY got to me. My dream of being on “regional board” and helping others be active NCSYers was crushed. So with all of this on my mind, moving to Israel wasn’t easy. Then, at the beginning of 10th grade, a friend showed me the flyer for the “NCSY Israel Kick-Off Event.” I vividly remember jumping around my classroom unable to formulate words, only able to scream in excitement. I walked around with a never-ending smile and my face lit up. This news simply made my day, no - my life. At every event, I couldn’t be happier about finally experiencing NCSY. It has introduced me to new friends, relatable advisors, and really enhanced my high school and aliyah experience. I hope that in the future I’m able to follow in my siblings’ ways and grow more in NCSY, a new part of my life.” - Deena Berman, Givat Ze’ev 2016

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YACHAD Drawing on decades of experience and expertise developed by Yachad in North America, Yachad Israel, which opened in 2012, enriches the lives of individuals with disabilities by offering social, vocational, and recreational programming. Yachad Israel operates chapters throughout the country, including Yerushalayim, Beit Shemesh, Givat Shmuel and Raanana. Serving people of all ages and with a wide range of disabilities, Yachad is a member of the National Jewish Council for Disabilities.

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SHABBATONIM

Yachad Shabbatonim are inclusive weekend retreats bringing Yachad members together with peers for enjoyable programs, Torah and social opportunities. Over the weekend, Yachad members visit towns and campuses and interact with other community members, including high school, yeshiva, and college students. Yachad advisors ensure that each participant can access all activities pursuant to individual goals. The Shabbatonim are an excellent environment for Yachad members to meet new friends and increase social skills in a safe, fun, and educational atmosphere.

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RELATIONSHIP BUILDING COURSE (RBC)

Yachad’s Relationship Building Course helps young adults with developmental disabilities acquire practical social skills for establishing meaningful and lasting personal relationships, managing home routine, and negotiating various social and vocational settings. RBC’s personalized programs are offered weekly in small groups with the support of trained facilitators. As participants prepare and share a meal they discuss communication and conversation skills, understanding and responding to social cues, personal space, managing emotions, self-advocacy, safety and social media.

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Shabbatonim FAMILY SERVICES

Yachad’s annual Family Shabbaton (Weekend Retreat) provides parents and siblings individual access to professionals and peer support network. Workshops offer families vital up-to-date information they need to take better care of their loved ones, including: developmental milestones, autism, social skills, vocational readiness, and family dynamics.


293 Yachad Yerushalayim Marathon runners

51 national events

TRIPS

Yachad Israel participants have the rare opportunity to tour Israel and Europe. Day and overnight trips in Israel and the annual 5-day cruise to Greece and Cyprus combine enriching learning programs with an enjoyable touring experience. Yachad trips are another important opportunity for members to create meaningful friendships.

YACHAD GIFTS

Yachad Gifts offers for sale an assortment of gifts and gift baskets created by program participants. Yachad members develop and employ a diverse array of business-relat-

ed skills, including designing, purchasing, packaging, shipping, delivering, data entry, sales, and providing customer service. The resulting vocational experiences help participants gain subsequent employment in other industries.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Yachad Israel has partnered with 17 summer camp programs across the US, Canada, and Israel, including OU Israel’s Camp Dror. We provide inclusive experiences for our members, while enhancing

the understanding of their fellow campers. Each summer, Yachad members are welcomed with open arms at each host site, where they become integral parts of the camp community, strengthening their Jewish connection and having fun. 2016

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CAMP DROR As the only non-coed Religious Zionist overnight camp in the Israel. Camp Dror brings together 6th 12th graders from Israel, Europe, and North America for a two-and-a-half week summer experience. With educational Torah activities, sports, trips, and art, campers deepen their identification with Jewish and Zionist values in a memorable Israeli experience. Girls and boys enjoy separate campuses - the girls in Keshet and the boys in Chispin, both in Ramat HaGolan.

‫מחנה דרור‬

CAMP DROR OU ISRAEL

Watch the Camp Dror music video

CAMPERS COME FROM: ​

Israel, America, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, France, Austria, and Poland

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

In addition to leadership workshops for all campers, Camp Dror provides 11th & 12th grade girls with a unique Leadership Development Program aimed at enhancing self-esteem and inspiring participants for greater achievement. Campers learn about assertiveness, public speaking, and group leadership, while also meeting prominent roles models, including Torah figures, community leaders, politicians, and high-tech entrepreneurs.

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VOLUNTEERING

As in other OU Israel programs, at Camp Dror we believe in empowerment through giving. Campers give back to the community by visiting old-age homes and hospitals, picking produce, and packing food for the needy.

“Tom came back excited and kept talking about the daily program, activities and friends and how he wants to go again next year.”

INTEGRATION

Camp Dror integrates students with special needs to provide them with equal access to enjoyable summer programming. This is an important part of Camp Dror’s educational philosophy, which promotes greater sensitivity and acceptance for people with different needs.

“My daughter enjoyed every minute! Camp Dror strikes the perfect balance between fun and learning important life values. I wish there was a Camp Dror for mothers.“


PERSONAL STORY: “I live in Sweden, in a town with very few Jews, 3 hours away from Stockholm. Two summers ago, I had the opportunity to attend Camp Dror. It was a life changing experience for me. Back home I get harassed because I am Jewish. But at Camp Dror, I had a Jewish social experience and found a warm and supportive Jewish environment for the first time in my life. When Asher Kremalowsky, Director of the Boys’ Camp, and Chaim Pelzner came to visit me as part of their annual outreach trip to Europe, I ran to my room to show them “My daughter just entered my empty Coke can. I explained that I had her teen years and she is won a can of Coke for being an outstandexperiencing a lot of angst and ing camper and I keep it in my room to self-confidence issues. In Camp remind me of the great experience I had Dror she was transformed. New at camp and to give me strength to get friends, more self-confidence, through the year here as a Jewish teen. much happier with herself The can symbolizes the memories and in general.” experiences I had in camp that will stay with me for years to come.”

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TORAH TIDBITS Torah Tidbits (TT) is the largest weekly English Torah publication in Israel. It reaches over 40,000 readers in almost every English-Speaking community in Israel. Torah Tidbits features Divrei Torah on the Parsha, Halachic questions and answers and many other columns on a wide variety of subjects. It also promotes OU Israel activities and connects readers to a variety of community services. Torah Tidbits is geared towards readers at various stages of learning. The Torah Portion summary helps people who are not fluent in Hebrew keep up with the weekly readings. Highlight columns by leading Torah thinkers such as Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks provide food for thought even for seasoned scholars. Special holiday editions and pull-outs keep readers updated and inspired throughout the cycle of the Jewish Year.

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years in running

Torah Tidbits puts out a variety of editions, including large-print for the visually-impaired and email newsletter for readers outside Israel and those, who cannot receive a hard copy. Additionally in 2016, Torah Tidbits launched a pilot North American edition.

“I’m a Religious Zionist, my wife is Conservative, and my son is Chareidi, but thanks to reading Torah Tidbits, we have hours of learning Torah together.”

“If it were not for Torah Tidbits, I would not be learning Torah at all.”

11,000 printed copies weekly


TORAH TIDBIT READERSHIP STATS 90%

56% 43%

Distributed in

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communities & synagogues

“Torah Tidbits, cholent, and tea enhance my Shabbat and for that I’m enormously grateful. My oneg Shabbat is affected if I don’t get a copy.”

READ TT COVER TO SHARE TT COVER WITH FAMILY READ TT MEMBERS EVERY SINGLE WEEK

PERSONAL STORY: “It was a Wednesday evening and I was taken with 39 friends to a nice apartment in Har Nof, where we spent our first night. We were awakened very early and taken for a long car ride. When we finally stopped, we were thrilled to find ourselves in Me'arat HaMachpeila. We were excited to be taken and read by someone from that holy city - but it was not to be. Instead we were handed over to another Vatikin davener who took us on another long car ride. We found ourselves in the town of Meitar, in the Negev. Some of us were distributed to people on the yishuv, but I was left in the bag and spent my second night in a lovely home in Meitar. The next morning the rest of were taken to a swimming pool in Be'er Sheva. What an adventure. At the pool, we were handed over to a local resident who took us home and we spent a lovely Leil Shabbat with lots of food and singing. Finally, the next morning, we were taken to shul where we joined many of our Hebrew cousin parsha sheets on a table near the back door. Then it was my turn. A man took me home and read from me at the Shabbat table. He showed his children the ParshaPix and there was a wonderful discussion of Parshat HaShavua with the family and their guests. Mine was a long trip from Rishon where I was printed, to Yerushalayim, to Chevron, Meitar, and Be'er Sheva. But know well, my dear little ones, that I'd rather be a Torah Tidbits than anything else in the world.” - A Torah Tidbits Copy 2016

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OU ISRAEL FREE SPIRIT

BIRTHRIGHT

As one of the largest Birthright-Taglit operators, every year OU Israel Free Spirit Taglit – Israel Birthright brings thousands of young Jewish adults from North America to experience the Land of Israel for the first time. Israel Free Spirit packs the 10-day trip with rich historical, Zionist and identity-building content above and beyond what is offered by most similar programs. Designed to strengthen participants’ Jewish identity, Israel Free Spirit emphasizes the connection between the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and the vibrant Jewish tradition. IFS doesn’t stop with the Birthright trip and continues the connection with participants through follow-up programs, learning partnerships, and campus activities. IFS provides special interest tours for individuals sharing common interests and experiences.

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PERSONAL STORY:

PROFESSIONAL TOURS

In addition to operating programs for Jewish College students, Israel Free Spirit runs specific tours for participants from diverse backgrounds. Media specialists and budding technologists get to meet Israel through their unique professional perspective.

“2 brothers, 2 weddings, 1 unforgettable trip: Two summers ago, My brother Ari and I went on an Israel Free Spirit Birthright trip together. On the trip, I met the love of my life, Jazzi and Ari met Rachel, his one and only. At the beginning of this summer Jazzi and I got married and 6 weeks later Ari and Rachel got married! We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to this amazing program.” - Hillel Ziegler

YACHAD PARTNERSHIP

Israel Free Spirit in partnership with Yachad enables young adults with special needs to visit Israel, tour the country and take part in Chesed and volunteering opportunities.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY

IFS has brought over

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Israel Free Spirit also assists young Jewish adults in their recovery from substance abuse by operating specially designed tours for this demographic.

SAMPLE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

Exploring Israeli culture, history, and spirit Scenic jeeping and rafting down the Jordan River n Riding camels in the heart of the Judean Desert n A unique Bar/Bat Mitzvah program on Masada n Meet-ups with artists, musicians and celebrities n Shabbat in the Old City of Yerushalayim n

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“Growing up I felt unlucky being Jewish. Because of the trip I now feel proud – I’ve never felt so lucky to be who I am.”

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YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMMING FOR ISRAEL FREE SPIRIT ALUMNI

The Israel Free Spirit stays in touch with alumni once they get back home to keep them connected and affiliated. The Israel experience continues during the year with Jewish learning opportunities that give participants additional insight into their heritage.

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EXTENSIONS AND RETURN PROGRAMS

Israel Free Spirit

Israel Free Spirit offers participants free program extensions and subsidized return trips to further their Torah learning in Israel, which deepens the alumni’s knowledge of their heritage and the commitment to preserving it. Every year approximately 15-20% of Israel Free Spirit participants extend their trip to learn at a Torah institution.

PROVEN RESULTS

In a recent participant satisfaction survey by The Szold Institute, Israel Free Spirit consistently outranked other similar Birthright programs in categories such as quality of guidance, opportunities for meeting Israelis, and promoting pro-Israel views. A longitudinal 3-year study has shown Israel Free Spirit’s participants to be much more engaged in significant Jewish activity, whether extending their stay to learn Torah, joining a phone Chevruta, or signing up for Jewish programming on campus.

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410 IDF soldiers join IFS trips each year


ALUMNI JEWISH ENGAGEMENT AS A RESULT OF IFS: 12%

Joined Jewish campus activity

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Celebrated their Bar/Bat Mitzvah for the first time

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Joined Partners in Torah

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Extended their stay in Israel for Yeshiva or Seminary

“I met my fiancee on the Arts and Entertainment themed IFS Birthright trip I organized. Now we have staffed 3 trips together.” 2016

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Mashiv HaRuach educational field seminars inspires thousands of IDF soldiers annually, providing them with deeper appreciation for their Jewish and Zionist heritage. Many soldiers have never previously visited historic sites of the Land of Israel, such as Gush Etzion and Chevron. These experiences create meaningful encounters with Jewish Heritage, the values of Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael. Mashiv HaRuach helps them understand why they are working so hard to defend the Jewish Homeland. Together with Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and the IDF’s Education Corps, OU Israel created an intensive educational and experiential tour of the Gush Etzion region, just outside of Yerushalayim. Soldiers leave the program empowered with a greater love for the country and pride in defending its security and borders.

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Army Units strengthened their connection to the Land of Israel

120 Tours of Gush Etzion

10,000 soldiers participated


PERSONAL STORY: Dear Rabbi Berman, At the end of seven months of challenging operations in Gush Etzion, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the many efforts you invested in our soldiers and commanders.

3,600 Mechina students

“As strong as this weapon is, it’s worthless without the Tanach that we have in our hands.”

Miriam Peretz, the mother of two fallen IDF officers and a dynamic speaker addresses the soldiers at Mashiv HaRuach programs. - Lieutenant Even after the death of her first son, Miriam Zion S. stood by her other children as they enlisted for combat service. Miriam’s pain has only strengthened her resolve to see Israel be victorious over its enemies. Meeting this inspiring personality and hearing her emotional story motivates the soldiers and impresses upon them the Zionist values that are at the core of their IDF service. Mashiv HaRuach runs additional holiday activities including: Selichot Tours of Chevron and the Cave of Machpela, Chanukah candle lighting at Gush Etzion army bases, planting trees for Tu B’shevat.

SHABBATONIM

Mashiv HaRuach organizes inspiring Shabbatot with meaningful lectures and current events related discussions, which connect Zionist values to the soldiers’ own experiences. Soldiers meet IDF veterans and create relationships with powerful role models they can emulate.

Thank you for the activities you ran for our soldiers, for the conversations, the warm connection and the dedication, both in official and unofficial capacities. The conversations and meetings had a direct impact on “When I was first drafted, I really the morale of the fighters and provided them with a stronger feeling didn’t understand why we need of belonging to Am Yisrael and Eretz to be here. I feel that it’s very Yisrael. They felt a real connection to the places we are defending and the important to have programs values we are fighting for. like Mashiv HaRuach, so that

we can stay strong through the hard days and the late night missions.”

Thank you very much for your warmth, your caring hospitality, and the high quality educational programming that our soldiers receive from you.

We hope to continue our relationship in future tours of duty in Gush Etzion and the upcoming mission in Chevron. Yasher Koach! Sincerely, Lt. Col. David S. Battalion Commander 2016

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MAKOM BALEV Makom Balev Youth Centers, in conjunction with local schools, operate leisure activities and leadership training for youth between the ages of 10-18, mainly in remotely located development towns and areas impacted by deep socio-economic divides. Over the years, Makom Balev has inspired tens of thousands of youngsters in 10 different chapters to strengthen their Jewish identity and develop a closer bond with the State of Israel. Many of these graduates have been empowered to assume Torah, professional, and community leadership roles in a variety of fields throughout the Israel.

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Tenth Grade Leadership program focuses on teaching leadership skills and personal empowerment. The students train to become youth counselors and are encouraged to give back to their communities.

18,500

youth have participated in Makom Balev

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weekly participants


SOCCER INITIATIVE

The Makom Balev Soccer Initiative is offered in conjunction with the regular program to provide participants with a recreational activity, while empowering them. The players hone their soccer skills, enhancing their basic sport abilities, which boosts their self esteem, builds confidence, and strengthens every participant. The team spirit teaches them about community and working together.

NAHARIYA CHATZOR

NETANYA

VOLUNTEERING

In order to teach appreciation and responsibility, all 10 centers run regular volunteering activities including assisting needy families, visiting hospitals and nursing homes, and thanking first responders (including police and fire departments). During the summer we run a special volunteer week for the groups. In conjunction with Leket Israel Food Banks, Makom Balev volunteers helped salvage hundreds of pounds of agricultural produce, which was then distributed to needy families.

DOG TRAINING COURSE

Makom Balev has trained a group of teens to take part in dog-assisted programs at schools, senior homes, and community centers. Dogs are known to facilitate many therapeutic processes, enabling children and adults to receive and express unconditional love, remove emotional obstacles, and express feelings.

CHOLON MA’ALE ADUMIM

RECHOVOT

“Makom Balev changed my life. The club is my second home. A home with all the people I love the most.” - Holoagr M.

BEIT SHEMESH

KIRYAT MALACHI

KIRYAT GAT

SDEROT

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participants in

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Shabbatonim

“Makom Balev unites us. It’s a meaningful experience where you learn, have fun, and really enjoy.”

- Shira S. PTSD PHOTO-THERAPY FOR THE CHILDREN OF SDEROT

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After years of almost daily missile attacks, up to 75% of children in Sderot and the surrounding area suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Makom Balev offers these youngsters an opportunity to participate in photo-therapy workshops, where they can work through their fears and feelings. Photography and writing allows teens to express their previously hidden emotions and receive therapeutic assistance. The project culminated with exhibits of the photos in Sderot, Yerushalayim’s landmark First Train Station and NY and the publication of a photo catalog by OU Israel.

GESHARIM BAR/BAT MITZVAH PROGRAM

The Gesharim Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program is a project of Makom Balev. Each year it helps 300 Israeli pre-teens prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The program is designed for youngsters, who would not have otherwise marked this important milestone. A dedicated team of counselors and teachers inspire the participants to connect with Jewish values such as honoring parents and caring for others. As the youth prepare to take their place in the wider community, they develop deeper appreciation for the privileges and responsibilities of being a Jewish adult. One of the highlights is the participants and their families hiking up Masada at sunrise for a special closing ceremony.


PERSONAL STORY: “I was born and grew up in a secular family in Kiryat Gat. I studied in a religious elementary school and chose to continue to a religious high school, but the choice was difficult for me. I had trouble getting up for Tefilla and for the school that was a red line. Both the school and my parents told me I would have to take responsibility for the consequences. In 7th grade I heard about Makom Balev and I joined an activity there with friends from my class. There they talked to me about the difficulties I was going through. The counselor suggested I stop and think about my life and my goals and consider where i wanted to be in the future. That was when I decided to get serious. In 9th grade, Makom Balev started discussing Judaism and showed how it was relevant to my life. Thanks to the Shabbatonim I began to observe Shabbat. I would eat at home on Friday night and spend the rest of Shabbat at my counselor’s house.

SHABBATONIM AND CAMPS In 2016, Makom Balev ran 19 local and national Shabbatonim. Makom Balev Pesach and summer camps offer participants a chance to meet peers from around the country, while taking part in fun and growth-oriented activities, including hikes, ODT (Outdoor Training) workshops, and horseback riding.

After graduation, several of my Makom Balev friends wanted to go to a Yeshiva together, and we enrolled at Yeshivat Moreshet Yaakov in Rechovot where we studied Torah and Halacha. It was during this time that I became fully observant. After the army, I returned to the Yeshiva and became a counselor at Makom Balev’s Rechovot chapter. That same year, I got married and started a Jewish home. Today I manage 5 Makom Balev chapters. Thank you Hashem for bringing me to Makom Balev and helping me discover Judaism.” - Kobi Ziat, Makom Balev National Project Coordinator 2016

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THE JACK E. GINDI

ORAITA PROGRAM OU Israel’s Jack E. Gindi Oraita Program provides an empowering, educational and enjoyable atmosphere for at-risk teenagers in low socio-economic communities throughout Israel. With positive role models, the program helps keep Oraita youth off the streets and out of trouble. At the same time, it nurtures a love of Torah, encourages youth to join the IDF, and gives them the tools to become contributing citizens of Israel.

“At Oraita I have things to do instead of being on the street and getting into trouble.”

At Oraita Youth Centers, teens find a warm place and after-school programming, which include both fun and educational activities. Playing billiards serves as a convenient platform for building personal relationships and mutual trust between participants and their counselors. Through informal conversations and structured workshops participants not only learn to recognize their individual strengths, but also develop life skills and enhance their abilities to achieve future goals.

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ARMY PREPARATION KIRYAT SHMONA

NAHARIYA AKKO

TIBERIAS NAZARETH ILLIT

RAMAT HASHARON

ARIEL

YAFFO RECHOVOT

MAALE ADUMIM SDEROT

BEIT SHEMESH

OFAKIM DIMONA YERUCHAM

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ORAITA YOUTH CENTERS OF THEM NEW IN 2016

IDF service is not only a contribution to the country, but an important gateway into Israeli mainstream society. Therefore, Oraita runs a program to alleviate pre-induction stress among high school students and ensure their successful completion of army service. Aharon Karov, a decorated IDF officer, wounded in Operation Cast Lead spearheads the effort. Since graduates of Mechinot (army preparation programs) are more likely to finish their tour of duty, Oraita exposes students to the possibility of attending a Mechina, arranges Mechina and army base visits, and hosts IDF officers at the clubs. Oraita stays in touch with alumni throughout their Mechina year and army service to ensure their material and emotional needs are met. Army service is full of challenges, and alumni know they always have a place to turn to for a listening and supporting ear.

LIFE SKILLS

Since most participants come from disadvantaged backgrounds, Oraita Youth Centers aim to impart life skills that will give teens the stepping stones towards independence and a positive self-image. Trainings covers a wide range of subjects that are relevant to the everyday lives of young adults in Israel. Seminars and workshops on financial topics teach teens how to manage a personal budget, practice self-control, and become savvy consumers. These workshops emphasize learning

and developing the tools to make financially sound decisions once they enter the workforce.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

Oraita runs a year-long program, educating teens about the dangers of substance abuse, heightening their awareness, and giving them the tools to resist drugs. In addition to regular discussions at the Oraita Clubs, teens participate in uniquely designed prevention workshops, developed in conjunction with Retorno, one of Israel’s leading addiction rehabilitation programs.

VOLUNTEERING

Chesed is an integral part of the Oraita Program. Oraita teens have volunteered in hospitals, assisted the elderly, packed food for the needy, and helped children with special needs. Volunteering puts the teens in the empowering position of giving rather than just receiving. Nothing improves their sense of self-worth like realizing how much they have to give. 2016

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“The Oraita Club is a place to relax and take my mind off my problems. I can simply forget about everything, be at peace and be more myself. The Oraita Club is something that does not exist anywhere else in the world and I am happy that there is a place like this.” – David, 12th grade participant

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staff families moved to Oraita neighborhoods

350

youth participated in Army Preparation Program

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weekly participants


GRADUATING CLASS OF 2016 ARMY ENLISTMENT

24% 12%

MECHINA UNDECIDED

64%

IDF

BNEI MENASHE

COMMUNITY BUILDING

Oraita works with these new Olim straight off the plane, holding their hands through the absorption, cushioning the culture shock and assisting as they find their place in Israeli society. Youngsters enjoy specially-designed trips, Bar Mitzvah groups, and cultural events, which nurture their Jewish and Israeli identity and help their acclimation to Israel.

With local staff, Oraita hosts community-wide events revolving around Jewish Holidays. For many of our students this is their only meaningful exposure to the holidays. The programming is often attended by local mayors or government officials, broadening the reach and bringing together students, their families, and other town residents.

Oraita Youth Centers in Kiryat Shmona, Tiberias, and Natzeret Ilit have welcomed over 100 new immigrant youth belonging to the Bnei Menashe community, originally from India. Coming from a different cultural background and without any support network, these youngsters are particularly at risk of falling to the fringe.

Oraita believes that direct community involvement and onthe-ground staff members are vital for its mission, therefore the program employs dynamic young couples to move into target communities.

PERSONAL STORY: “By the time I was in tenth grade, I had already been involved with drugs for a long time. One day, I broke into the Oraita Club and stole things without anyone noticing. Even though I had gotten away with it, knowing I was hurting the people that helped me was really bothering me. A few days later, I admitted everything to one of the Club counselors. They were really great and supportive. I kept coming to the activities and they were still willing to work with me. Slowly, but surely, they helped me see that even though I did something that was wrong, I was still a worthwhile person. Having a good and open relationship with my counselor really helped me a lot.”

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Bnei Menashe teens helped with absorption

- Participant, Dimona Chapter

“We learn Torah here, and I really have fun with my friends.” - Simcha, Bnei Menashe Oleh

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THE PEARL & HAROLD JACOBS

ZULA OUTREACH CENTER A safe haven in Yerushalayim for at-risk teens, mostly from Religious Zionist backgrounds, who feel disconnected from traditional settings. Typically, participants are out-of-touch with their families, teachers and are often are experiencing a crisis of faith. Many are involved in substance abuse or other anti-social behaviors. Located in the center of Yerushalayim, The Zula employs a team of counselors and educational professionals to help teens emerge from risk situations and return to normative social and academic life, so that they may experience success and personal advancement.

3,500 unique participants in 2016

ALTERNATIVE TO NIGHT LIFE In addition to personal conversations with the experienced staff of counselors, Rabbis and teachers, The Zula offers weekend activities on Thursday and Saturday nights as an alternative to a less savory weekend scene. The Zula empowers teens to learn, study, and accomplish what they need to in order to bring them back to their families, schools and communities.

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90%

of Zula alumni enroll in the prearmy Mechinot, IDF, National Service or Yeshivot

170

counselors trained through the Meshivat Nefesh Program


NURISHING BODY AND SOUL

PERSONAL STORY:

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a volunteer prepares a hot dinner with the teens for the hundreds of youth that come to The Zula. It’s not only a hot meal but an important experience. The youngsters participate in menu planning and cooking, gaining important life skills and enhancing self-esteem. They also feel cared for, while caring for others. Decrease in Drugs and Alcohol Abuse:

ARTS PROGRAMS

The Zula enables teens to express themselves through art by providing both formal music and art lessons as well as freestyle access. For many teens music and painting are the first step in opening up and talking about their personal experience. The Zula has facilitated professional studio recording and disk production for The Zula Musical Ensemble that started out in its music room. The teens get to perform on stage for a wider audience, such as a Chanuka performance and the OU Israel Youth Centers’ Phototherapy Exhibit, hosted by Yerushalayim’s landmark First Train Station.

PREVENTION

“From the age of 12, I spent all my free time on the streets of downtown Yerushalayim – in late night bars and basement parties with other teens. At 16, I refused to go home and began to sleep on the streets. Of course, being out on the street usually leads to drugs, and a lot of them.

Males-15% Females-19%

Decrease in Truancy:

Males-11% Females-45%

Seeing the numbers of pained youngsters on the street, The Zula has undertaken to spread awareness and prevent at-risk situations. The counselors and Rabbis visit schools and communities to give lectures to parents and educators and create a better understanding of situations, which put young people at risk. The Zula and its staff have become the go-to address for parents, educators and community leaders. They turn to us for help with specific kids as well as to become more informed about the reality our youth are dealing with. These interactions allow them to gain tools in helping prevent youth from going off track.

“At The Zula, the teens take hold of their future and become positive role models for others.” - Oren Asulin, Zula Program Director

Then I discovered The Zula. Everybody was smiling at each other, and said hello to me as if they knew me. I saw people sitting together in a circle, playing guitars, candles flickering. One of the counselors greeted me, so I asked him to play a song for me. He played every song I asked him to play – he realized that I needed to hear that music. It made me feel good, so I kept coming back. Until that moment, everyone had told me that I was a failure in school and in life. But when I got here, my counselors at The Zula believed in me, gave me confidence in myself. I even decided to take a shot at the bagrut (matriculation) exams and succeeded. I am currently studying informal Youth Education at university and plan to work with teens at-risk, to help those dealing with the struggles I had gone through. It was here, at The Zula, that I began to believe in myself.” u Watch Levana’s story 2016

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MESHIVAT NAFESH

Meshivat Nafesh is a pre-emptive three year course that trains counselors to work with young people in their communities before they reach the fringe.

POLICY IMPACT

The Zula heightens the awareness of at-risk youth issues among policymakers at national and local government levels. It has hosted delegations of Knesset Members, Deputy Mayors, and Heads of Education Departments from around the country, enabling them to see first-hand the issues facing teens as well as to see the unique treatment solutions developed at The Zula.

ANNUAL PARTICIPANT INCREASE 3500

3000

253 youth are in the 24/7 Therapeutic Support Program

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2800

2014

2015

2016


JOINT PROJECTS

The Zula works with other initiatives aimed at helping at-risk youth:

“Some of the young people who were at The Zula said that it’s the only place they feel at home. It was very inspiring. We met some of the staff and social workers, and they are Yirei Shamayim and professional.”

n S USAN’S HOUSE:

The Zula runs a joint project with the city-sponsored Susan’s House, where youngsters find gainful employment and have the satisfaction of their products being sold to the public.

n T HE SHOMER FARM: Since army service is an important part

of mainstreaming teens, The Zula works with IDF commanders to advance enlistment of former participants.

- Rav Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva, RIETS Senior Posek for OU Kosher

n PARENT PATROL: Groups of parent volunteers patrol the streets

and hangouts of downtown Yerushalayim to keep teens out of dangerous situations. The Zula provides a resource to where parents can refer a teen when needed.

THE ZULA RESULTS 60% 50% 40% 30%

“Slowly they start to believe in themselves and when you believe in yourself, the sky’s the limit.”

20% 10% 0% Male

2015 CIMINAL ACTIVITY

Female

Male Female

2016 SCHOOL ABSENCE

DETACHMENT FROM FAMILY

- Gavriol Kalish, Zula Alumnus and Counselor 2016

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OU ISRAEL PARTNERS 2016 GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

Israel Anti-Drug Authority Israel Police Ministry of Absorption Ministry of Education Ministry of Social Affairs & Social Services

Rehovot Sderot Tel Aviv - Yaffo Tiberias Yerucham Yerushalayim

MUNICIPAL PARTNERS

ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERS

Akko Ariel Beit Shemesh Binyamin Regional Council Chatzor Dimona Elad Givat Shmuel Gush Etzion Haifa Kiryat Gat Kiryat Malachi Kiryat Shmona Maale Adumim Modi'in Nahariya Nazareth Illit Netanya Ofakim Ramat Hasharon

Akko Hesder Yeshiva Acharai Movement Aish HaTorah Akim Aminadav AMIT Beit Knesset HaChadash, Netanya Bloomberg Communications City Without Violence Project Elem Eretz Hemda First Train Station Gilad Corinaldi, adv. Hachut Hameshulash Halacha Educational Center Hillel Isralight Jewish Child's Day Kehilat Shir Hadash, Yerushalayim Machon Puah

‫בסיוע הסוכנות היהודית לארץ ישראל‬

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Masa Yehudi Mechinat Elisha Mechinat Nachshon Meor Midreshet Hevron Midreshet Hispin Midreshet Keshet Yonatan N. Feinberg & Co. Nahariya Hesder Yeshiva Nazareth Illit Hesder Yeshiva Nefesh B’Nefesh Olami ORT Susan's House World Mizrachi WZO Yad Ben-Zvi Yeshivat Birkat Moshe, Maaleh Adumim Yeshivat Hesder Dimona Yeshivat Orot Yaakov, Rechovot Yeshivat Sderot YU Connects Zehut Association of Centers for Jewish Identity

BENEFACTORS: $5,000+ Aaron Laub Memorial Foundation ABRASBA Foundation Mitch and Lita Aeder American Endowment Fund

Anonymous Chill Foundation Dr. Daniel and Vivian Chill Community Foundation of LA Congregation Keter Torah Devonshire Properties Inc. Gordon and Leslie Diamond Dr. Michael and Linda Elman Falic Family Foundation Yitzchak and Debbie Fund Alan and Barbara Gindi Raymond and Elizabeth Gindi Goldfus Insurance & Investments Dr. Ephraim and Rita Greenfield Herbert Green Family Charitable Foundation Inc. Stuart and Dr. Claire Hershkowitz Herzog Family Trust Home Life Services, Inc. Paul and Evelyn Jacobs Jewish Child’s Day Jewish Communal Fund Mitchel and Joleen Julis Avi and Becky Katz Keren Simcha L’Tzedaka Keren HaYesod Meyer and Sheila Last Estate of Miriam Leifer Levine and Schmutter CPA LLP

Yehudah and Tova Levinson Jay and Shelly Lipman Menora Financial Corp. Shalom Menora Mizrachi Tefachot Bank Henry and Mindy Orlinsky Idelle Rudman Samis Foundation Zvi and Tamara Sand Schwab Charitable Naftali and Carol Scher Anita Shafran Norman and Chani Schmutter Silver Family Charitable Foundation Simchat Hayeled Fund Steinmetz Foundation Szabo Living Trust Talk-N-Save Elliot and Debbie Tannenbaum The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore The J Media Group The Jewish Agency United Israel Appeal Stanley and Lenore Weinstein Williams Family Philanthropic Foundation Jerry and Esther Williams Zichron Avraham Charitable Trust ZLC Foundation


FUNDING SOURCES

TOTAL FUNDS NIS 25,485,811 ($6,635,893)

Govt Funding Jewi sh Agency 845,683 1,279,306 3% 5% Dona tions 3,520,656 14%

3%

EXPENDITURES

Bi rthri ght 8,330,240 33%

5%

Ya cha d Israel 714,775 3%

NCSY Is ra el * 171,616 1%

General Projects 1,742,798.26 7%

3%

33%

7%

14%

53%

12%

1%

Cha ya lim 337,174 1%

9%

D'Ora yta 2,659,149 10%

Pa rti ci pation Revenue 13,489,457 53%

Ca mp Dror 1,266,423 5%

G&A Cos ts 3,002,490.09 12%

5% 10%

25%

OU Al l ocation 6,350,709 25%

Others 125,978 0.5% 0%

7% Zul a 1,845,509 7%

* Program in its first year of activity in Israel

8%

OU Is ra el Center 2,324,040 9%

4% Tora h Ti dbits 1,017,050 4%

Ma kom Balev 1,948,568 8%

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AFFECTING POLICY


ORTHODOX UNION MARTIN NACHIMSON President, OU

ALLEN FAGIN Executive Vice President, OU

OU ISRAEL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MR. ZVI SAND President, OU Israel Mr. Yitzchak Fund, Past President Dr. Simcha Heller Mr. Stuart Hershkowitz

DR. MICHAEL ELMAN OU Israel Chair

Mr. Moshe Kempinski Mr. Sandy Kestenbaum Prof. Meni Koslowsky, Vice President

Rabbi Emanuel Quint, Senior Vice President Mr. Ben Wiener Mr. Harvey Wolinetz

OU ISRAEL SENIOR STAFF RABBI AVI BERMAN

DAVID KATZ

SARA BERELOWITZ

CHAIM PELZNER

OREN ASULIN Program Director, The Pearl & Harold Jacobs Zula Outreach Center

RABBI YOSEF GINSBURG Co-Director, NCSY Israel

RACHELI NINIO Educational Director, Training and Development, OU Israel Youth Centers

RABBI SAM SHOR Program Director, OU Israel Center

Executive Director

PHIL CHERNOFSKY Educational Director, Editor of Torah Tidbits HAREL CHETZRONI Founder and Field Director, The Pearl & Harold Jacobs Zula Outreach Center LISA GALINSKY Program Director, Yachad Israel

Chief Financial Officer

YAEL HAUFTMANN Art Director RABBI MICHAEL KAHN Co-Director, NCSY Israel AARON KAROV Alumni Coordinator, Jack E. Gindi Oraita Program

Comptroller, Human Resources

RABBI PINCHAS RUBENSTEIN Educational Director, The Pearl & Harold Jacobs Zula Outreach Center ITA ROCHEL RUSSEK Building Manager, Torah Tidbits Advertising

Director of Programming

YOEL STERMAN Director, Yachad Israel YAEL TAMARI Israel Director and Education Director of Israel Free Spirit, Birthright Israel trip organizer SHLOMIT TAUBER Director, 2016 Camp Dror

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