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

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Argaman project

Activity Updates

More Famuly Simchas!

Mazal tov to Ira and Max on their beautiful wedding, and to our own Ilya, Masha and big brother Yaakov Lipetsker on the birth of Shani!! May we all continue to celebrate joyful milestones together.

Business Hebrew Ulpan

March and April, 2018 -Tel Aviv

In collaboration with the Tel Aviv Municipality, we were able to respond to the great demand among our participants for a Business Hebrew course.  They may have basic or even good spoken Hebrew, but new olim need to competitive in the Israeli job market and deal professionally with every day challenges.  Led by Anna Morein, participants learned to write letters, resumes, business correspondences and have conversations on a professional level Hebrew.  The response to the first ten-session pilot Ulpan was excellent and we hope to open a new course soon.

Argaman Israeli Cultural Project

April, 2018 - Tel Aviv

April 13th, Haifa Museum

On Friday morning, Argaman participants from many different cities took a bus to Haifa and explored  the Haifa Museum, one of the biggest and most important cultural institutions in Israel. It was a first-time visit for most of them, including the Haifa participants.

After touring the permanent exhibitions with a professional Russian-speaking guide,  the group visited the temporary Exhibition "Dangerous Art". This exhibition presented over 80 leading Israeli and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Vik Muniz, Daniel Arzola, Gil Yefman, Dede & Nitzan Mintz, Oern Ziv.

Their works not only displayed the struggle of the oppressed, but also created a space for activism and expanding rights of oppressed communities.

We discussed the impact of this tour with the participants afterwards, who felt it was both an educational and emotional trip. The participants then spent additional time touring the Haifa Museum on their own.

Liya Geldman

Thanks for bringing us here! I never saw the Haifa Museum advertised and thanks to the Argaman project was able to experience it with my own eyes!

Masha M

April 29, 2018 – Fresh Paint Arts Festival

On Sunday, one day before the closing event, our Argaman group visited the 10th Anniversary Exhibition of Young Israeli Art – "Fresh Paint".

This huge Arts Fairprovided an overview of the local art and design scenes in Israel,  including a special Decade exhibition, selected projects by galleries and art institutions, the up-coming independent Artist’s Greenhouse, the Video Greenhouse, and a presentation of Israel finest product designers.

Our participants enjoyed a focused tour of  the “Greenhouse" areas and afterwards, were invited to a short dance performance in the main pavillion.

This was a highlight of our Argaman Spring Art Series, with over 35 participants, in the great company of guide and art critic Alexandra Levina.

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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.

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