Jewish Leadership Initiative
for Young Russian-Speaking Israelis

Who we are

We are an empowering and supportive community of over 6500 young Russian-speaking soldiers, students and young professionals - most of whom moved to Israel without family.  Our weekend retreats, excursions, professional mentoring and study evenings, cultural activities, volunteer, and holiday events are helping young Israeli immigrants thrive personally and professionally  in their new home, in an atmosphere of community, pluralism, Jewish literacy and Jewish Peoplehood.

Our partners



Levi Lassen




+972 (54) 557-12-90

+972 (54) 767-37-18

Argaman project

Activity Updates

Purim in the Park

March 2, 2018

Shushan Purim in  Jerusalem!  Jerusalemites and members from other cities came to celebrate in a park in the center of the city.   We read Megillat Esther, enjoyed delicious barbeque, danced and caught up with old and new friends.

Particularly heartwarming were the many Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli couples who came with babies and toddlers in tow.  Purim Sameach Jerusalem!

Purim Joy for Children in Rambam

March 1, 2018

On Purim, volunteers from Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli Haifa brought a lot of happy energy to children in the oncology department of Rambam Hospital.

One guy brought a photo booth and made photographs with funny props, another woman did aqua make-up on the children, and we painted and did crafts with them.  We brought them Mishloach manot of juices and a big cake.  I don’t know who got more from this day – the children or the volunteers!

Lidia S. 

Mishloach Manot to WWII Veterans

February 28, 2018

In celebration of Purim, our olim volunteers from Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli Beersheva visited 15 families of WWII Veterans and presented them with sweet gifts (mishloach manot). We were received very warmly – they gave us tea and cakes, told us about their lives and when we shared our stories of making aliya, they gave us advice on how to get settled. Children living in the Yaelim Absorption center prepare greeting cards for the Veterans and they  were very touched by this and our attention! Thanks to everyone who took part in this wonderful operation.

 Yana S.

All Activity Updates


Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli developed active branches with Area Coordinators in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa, in addition to our national programs.

  1. Friday- Shabbat Retreats - 8 per academic year.In December 2010, we gathered our first 35 participants for a pilot Friday-Shabbat seminar in December 2010. Since then our seminars have long waiting lists, as we try to keep these weekend events family-like and intimate. Fifty-five participants spend Friday touring and hiking with a professional Russian-speaking guide, in sites of historical and contemporary relevance. Shabbat activities include coaching and group dynamics, discussions on contemporary Jewish topics, traditional Shabbat meals, participant led workshops, and lectures by the Scholar in Residence.
  2. Excursions and hikes – 2-4 per month. Walking tours, bus excursions and hikes to historical landmarks, nature preserves and agricultural and technological initiatives throughout the country, with Russian-speaking guides.
  3. Argaman Israeli Cultural Project - 2 per month. Participation in concerts, museum tours, performances etc. to help expose new olim to Israeli dance, theatre, architecture, film, music and fine arts, and the trends that helped build Israeli society, accompanied by artist and cultural experts.
  4. Professional mentoring and Business Hebrew - 4 evenings per month. Business Hebrew and Hebrew Through Literature courses help make olim competitive in the Israeli workforce. Professional mentoring with olim lawyers and professionals in a variety of fields provide guidance and networking for new olim.
  5. Enrichment, Study and Holiday events – 2-3 per month. Meetings with famous personalities (Face to Face with Jewish History) and study of Jewish sources on contemporary themes create inspiring forums for personal and professional growth. Large holiday events bring together 200- 300 olim from around Israel to celebrate Tu B'Shvat, Chanuka, Purim, Yom HaAtzmaut etc with their new Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli "family."
  6. Volunteerism –Work with WII veterans, lone soldiers, children at risk, and holiday celebrations incorporating volunteer activity strengthen their sense of giving back to Israeli society.
  7. Facebook group – Members share regularly with one another on Facebook, introducing new friends to the project, sharing info and ideas, helping one another find apartments, jobs etc., and posting photos from our events.
  8. Interaction with Russian-speaking peers from Diaspora – Joint events with Russian-speaking Taglit and Masa groups and visiting delegations of young leaders from other countries foster important dialogue with the Jewish Diaspora and a strong sense of global Jewish Peoplehood.
  9. Home Hospitality on Shabbat and chagim - we help arrange home hospitality for members who are interested, and provide information on community tefillot and holiday activities throughout Israel.

All programs