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.
April 28, 2018 - Haifa
We celebrated Israel’s 70th birthday – May 14th 1948 – by role-playing and solving riddles connected with the signing and text of the Declaration of Independence. We learned a lot of new information about that historic event and document, competed for prizes and met new friends!
April 25th 2018 - Tel Aviv
Intellectual games are a great opportunity to prove yourself, learn new things, meet new friends, and set a positive mood for a week.
Despite the terrible weather that day, five teams came together to compete in Kosher Quiz – a new phenomenon that has been played in 7 other countries, but with questions also connected to Jewish knowledge. The participants competed in various competitions and showed knowledge in many areas from science to literature to traditions over the course of 2 hours.
The first three best teams won prizes.
April 19, 2018 - Jerusalem and Gush Etzion
I want to thank all the organizers for this wonderful celebration. My beloved Israel is 70! We hiked in the hills around Jerusalem with our great guide Pavel and heard stories of the
war of Independence. We were over 100 people in Linda’s yard, eating delicious food, singing, meeting each other and hearing interesting speakers who volunteer and work for Israel. Thank you for your warmth Shishi Shabbat YIsraeli. I am a new olah, from Beersheva, and I can’t wait for your next program!
April 18, 2018 - Beersheva
The other day my wife and I attended an outstanding lecture by Semyon Khashchansky dedicated to the Holocaust. Before the lecture, we knew a lot about this horrific phenomenon, but Semyon acquainted us with new facts. We learned not only about the large number of murdered people, but also about many unique cases of people saved by the righteous gentiles. These people, despite the imminent danger to their own lives, managed to save many innocent people. There were many such righteous people, and we must remember their deeds. We also learned about the unique Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem, which keeps records of the victims and events of the Holocaust and whose database is used by people around the world.
Alexander and Louise Romanowski
April 15, 2018 - Haifa
Our volunteers, together with a local group of mentally challenged adults, did a very beautiful project in honor of Israel’s Independence Day.
Guided by our teacher Ksenia, we created a flag of Israel from butterflies of many different colors – symbolizing the many different people with varying backgrounds and from all over world that make up Israel today! It was a joyful project in preparation for a very happy holiday!
March 29, 2018 - Haifa
More than forty members of Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli Haifa enjoyed our monthly games evening, with rotating board games and intellectual games led by our facilitator Igor.
There were many new olim who expressed interest in coming to our other local activities and even our upcoming Lag Ba’Omer Friday- Shabbat Seminar in May.
March 27, 2018 - Tel Aviv
Professional artist Alexander began this class by describing how Pesach is the holiday of simplicity, symbolized by matza which is not allowed to rise, and new beginnings, when we were a new People coming out of Egypt, during the season when nature is awakening - the holiday of Spring.
He challenged us to create drawings on themes of Pesach but only with the simples tools - pencil and paper. Over the course of three hours, we created our own works and then did a l’chaim with matza and grape juice in honor of Passover.