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Latest Activities of the Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora

Date:05/28/2014

In Copenhagen, Denmark, a two day conference was held by the Union of Zionist Rabbis in Europe in cooperation with the Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora. The theme of the conference was strengthening the Jewish-Zionist identity of the teens in the European Jewish community in the era of globalization. The rabbis also engaged in the issue of the community coping with the boycott against Israel.

 

 
The Conference was attended by 23 rabbis from Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Finland, Poland, England and the Netherlands. The lecturers were Prof. Shraga Fischerman from Israel, whose scientific papers on the subject of youth identity have gained international recognition, and Rabbi David Stav, Chairman of Tzohar.
 
 
Rabbi Yehiel Wasserman, Head of Religious Affairs, spoke at the conference on the subject of Jewish youth in the Diaspora and their means of coping with the question of “people that shall dwell alone”. The conference is another step in the activities to strengthen the Jewish identity of the youth and nurture their ties to the State of Israel.
 

14 teens, members of the Jewish community of Helsinki, Finland, were hosted this month at the National Institutions Building as part of a Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora “Bar Mitzvah” Project in cooperation with the Jewish Community of Helsinki.

 

As part of the project the Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids visited Israel for five days, accompanied by Eli and Keren Zilberman, “Ben Ami – sowing Zionism” shlichim, during which they visited Jerusalem, the Western Wall, the Herzl Museum, Time Elevator, a tefilin factory and northern Israel.

 

At a festive lunch held in their honor, at the National Institutions Building, the Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids heard about the Zionist Movement and the World Zionist Organization from its inception to the present.

 

The book, “Responsa B'mareh Habazak” Part Eight “Halachic Responsa”, published by the Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora and the “Eretz Hemda” Institute was published recently. The book incorporates questions that were sent by Diaspora rabbis on various subjects by Email, and the answers provided by the “Eretz Hemda” Institute rabbis.

 

The first volume of the series was published 15 years ago, when the Internet was in its early stages, and from then until today about two thousand questions have been answered in seven volumes. The uniqueness of the book is that it also discusses public questions related to the State of Israel, Independence Day halachot, Jewish education, youth movements, Jerusalem Day, etc.

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The World Zionist Organization is a global organization with the support of the Keren Kayemet Le'Israel, Keren Hayesod and the Government of Israel.

 

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