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.
August 3rd, Jerusalem Theater, Mikro Theater Company
"Herzlmania" and meeting with Efim Rinenberg
We started the evening with the play "Herzlmania" based on Theodor Herzl's diaries, and even more on his thoughts and feelings. It was an amazing production with the real atmosphere of his life - very deep, humorous, and interesting.
After the performance we met Efim Rinenberg – the author, director and the leading actor who played Theodore Herzl. Efim told the story of discovering the diaries and deciding to create the play with 2 friends- the musician and the artist who both performed onstage with him. He loved performing the role because he was expressing his own thoughts and behaviours which are not so far from Herzl’s.
I really loved the play. Compared to other Israeli theatres that I have visited, this was unexpectedly amazing – on a very high level, close to biggest theatres in Moscow
It was a great opportunity to see the play through the eyes of the creator. The meeting with Efim Rinenberg added so much depth to the performance!
August 24th, Klezmer Music Festival, Tzefat
We took a full busload of Argaman participants (plus others who met us in cars) from Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem and traveled to Tzefat, arriving in the evening. Our guide Shraga Shmiller showed us many of the magical and spiritual places in the Old City of Tzefat and shared its history and stories, also about its current residents and city projects. We finished in Shraga's studio and discovered that he is an exceptional artist, whose paintings are inspired by his religious life in Tzefat and Kabbalah.
Afterwards we dispersed into small groups to explore the performances of the Kleizmer Festival, including Avraham Tal, taste the local homemade dishes among the many foodstands, and just wander in the special festive atmosphere. A beautiful evening which most of us would not have experienced without this organized trip.
August 17, 2017 - Haifa
This meeting was dedicated to Israeli short films and cartoons in simple Hebrew, some with Russian subtitles. Our facilitator Alexei talked about Israeli mentality and the social and political background of these movies. The evening was fun, relaxing and informative, and a great opportunity to meet new olim friends in Haifa!
Warmest mazal tov on their engagments: Argaman Coordinator Liya Geldman to Vitaly Vaisman , and Ayala Genusov to Stav Krol! We look forward to dancing at your weddings and celebrating many wonderful occasions together!
Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli developed active branches with Area Coordinators in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa, in addition to our national programs.