Jewish Leadership Initiative
for Young Russian-Speaking Israelis

Who we are

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.

Our partners



Levi Lassen




+972 (54) 557-12-90

+972 (54) 767-37-18

Argaman project

Activity Updates

More family simchas!

Mazal tov to Ayala and Stav on the birth of their beautiful Sabra son!

And Mazal tov to Leah and Maxim on their wedding and for creating another Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli romantic legend.  They met on the bus in June on the way to our 56th Shishi Shabbat Seminar on the Kinneret. (Max drove all the way from Eilat to meet that bus.) The morning after their wedding, they boarded our bus in Jerusalem at 7 a.m. to our 59th Seminar and celebrated their first Shabbat together and Sheva Brachot in the warm company of 50 friends from Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli! To joyful occasions and many beautiful new families in Am Yisrael!

Kosher Quiz

November 22 & 30, 2018 - Tel Aviv and Beersheva

Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli together with Kosher Quiz attracted packed halls in Tel Aviv and Haifa to compete in teams and solve riddles connected to Chanuka, Science, synagogues around the world, popular Israeli and Russian music and other Jewish and general trivia. The first three best teams won prizes. The same game was conducted in 7 other countries, so the participants of our events were able to compare their results with Jewish young people around the world!

Leonid G. and Lidia S.

Olim Empowerment Evenings

November, 2018 - Beersheva

I enjoy these evenings together and learn many useful skills to help me adapt to Israel practically and culturally.

Our Israeli Cinema Club helps me understand modern Israeli Hebrew and culture and just laugh and relax. Our lectures with Alex and Vika about effective family budgets and the tax system in Israel addressed a lot of my personal financial questions.

Mostly it is good to know that there are people I can consult with when I need help. Thank you to Yana and the lecturers.

Ilya C.

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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.

All programs