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.
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.
Many of our new olim have begun celebrating holidays with friends at home. We arranged an evening of an explanation of the Haggadah and tips for a meaningful seder with a wonderful lecturer, Boris Khaminsky. He shared how the Exodus from Egypt is a paradigm of freedom for the world - particularly for Jews from the FSU -, the basis of most of our holidays, and the first month of the Jewish year. Every participant received their own Haggadah and took part in a model seder led by Boris, including many interesting explanations and ways to personalize the seder with their own life experiences.
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.
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!
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.
Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli developed active branches with Area Coordinators in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa, in addition to our national programs.