We are an empowering and supportive community of over 7000 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.
January 14th, 2019 - Tel-Aviv
We began our evening with a really exciting lecture about Traditional Jewish dance with Nadezhda Drapkin, starting from biblical times and its first documented appearances through dances in different communities and regions, in popular movies, the meaning of classical Jewish dance steps, etc.
After that we learned some simple moves and together we danced 4 Jewish dances - some of them familiar to a few participants who attended Jewish camps or different workshops.
This meeting was even more exciting that I assumed and had amazing vibe and atmosphere! I should never again doubt the stated topics in the Argaman Project!
January 20th, Tel-Aviv
After an intro discussion by Masha Malakh about Ohad Nagrin and Martha Graham (who also trained Bat Sheva), we watched the movie "Mr. Gaga. This was the fascinating story of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company and an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.
We continued with a discussion of the meaning of modern art, courage of expression and openness to the world. Everyone loved this movie, especially because it is not available on the internet.
It’s interesting how this extraordinary Israeli dancer started to dance only at the age of 22. It makes you understand that age is not a restriction to greatness!
January 11, 2019 - Gush Etzion
I came from Beersheva for this excursion, and it was great to meet friends there from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that I met at a Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli seminar! This was a fascinating tour of legendary Herodion led by a very experienced and interesting guide. It is an impressive place even when seen from afar. We went through the still ongoing archeological discoveries, Herod’s Tomb, and the intricate escape tunnels,caves, and cisterns built by the Bar Kochba rebels. To think that Herod built up this huge mountain in the middle of the Judean Desert just to have a honorable place to die! Thanks to all the organizers for this excellent excursion!
January 31, 2019 - Haifa
This was a very warm and fun community evening on a freezing night in Haifa! People were happy to play board and intellectual games, spend time with friends, and get to know one another!
Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli developed active branches with Area Coordinators in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva and Haifa, in addition to our national programs.