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

Shavuot Limmud and Quest

May 17, 208 - Jerusalem

What are the different names of the Shavuot holiday? Why did Linda bring in fresh wheat and also cheeses and wine? We began this evening by reading the Ten Commandments with fresh eyes and discussing their relevance to us and their impact on world culture. Then our teams tried to answer intriguing questions about the holiday and other historical and Jewish topics. Thanks for this excellent activity which got me into the Shavuot spirit of Israel.

Pre-Shavuot Workshop

May 14, 2018 - Beersheva

We listened to a wonderful talk about Shavuot with excellent lecturer Boris Kaminsky and learned a tremendous amount about the origins and traditions of this important holiday.  We enjoyed meeting new friends and eating delicious dairy foods.  I am new to Israel and truly appreciate these opportunities. Thank you!

Ira B.

More Family Simchas

As Ze’ev and I boarded the bus at 8 a.m. for our 56th Shishi Shabbat Seminar (!) we were greeted by Kostya and Polina and a big bottle of whiskey. They met 2 years ago at a Shishi Shabbat seminar in Mitzpeh Ramon and were recently engaged!  We also celebrated the birth of Binyamin to our dear Danil and Ella, and the wedding of Marina and Yitzchak.
Three more chapters in the building of our nation in our Land!

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