Jewish Leadership Initiative
for Young Russian-Speaking Israelis



Over the past 6 years, Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli developed active branches with Area Coordinators in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa.

a) Friday- Shabbat seminars -  8 per academic year

Shabbat seminars 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 Jewish topics, traditional Shabbat meals, participant led discussions, and inspiring guest lecturers.

b) Thursday night / Friday excursions and hikes – 1- 2 per month.

Excursions and hikes to historical, cultural, and educational landmarks throughout the country, with Russian-speaking guides.

c) Community events –  1-2 per month. 

Holiday celebrations, theatre performances (Israeli and Russian-language), sports events, guest lecturers and artists, initiated and organized by the participants themselves.

d) Open Beit Midrash –2 evenings per month.

Beit midrashGroup learning of Jewish sources on relevant themes chosen by the participants include guided study time and guest lecturers, facilitating important encounters between veteran, successful Russian-speaking immigrants and their younger counterparts who are looking for guidance and inspiration.

e) Jewish Theater Workshop

Weekly workshop with professional director, strengthening presentation and artistic skills and group cohesiveness and creating an original play based on Jewish cultural content.

f) Volunteerism

VolunteerismWork with WII veterans, lone soldiers, children at risk, and holiday celebrations incorporating volunteer activity strengthen the sense of being part of and giving back to Israeli society.

g) 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 of course sharing photos from our events.

h) Interaction with Russian-speaking  peers from Diaspora

InteractionJoint events with Russian-speaking Taglit and Masa groups from other countries foster important dialogue with the Jewish Diaspora and a strong sense of global Jewish Peoplehood.

i) Home Hospitality on Shabbat and chagim

We help arrange home hospitality for members who are interested, and gather and provide information on community tefillot and holiday activities throughout Israel.