Monday, January 17, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
This Friday, Tikkun Olam had the pleasure of joining Hillel Tel Aviv and T’filat Halev Congregation for Kabbalat Shabbat and a delicious potluck. A number of us headed across town on a rainy evening to join the progressive congregation for their bi-weekly services and were happy to find a diverse group with plenty of young folk and multi-generational families. The rabbi leading the service also lead the four piece band, including clarinet and accordion, through rousing versions of many Shabbat favorites. The children in attendance excitedly took over from him for the last song, Shalom Aleichem. More Tikkun Olamers showed up for the potluck dinner afterword, and acquitted themselves well, bringing homemade cornbread, curry, apple kugel, and pesto gnocchi. Madrich Benji showed off the wonderful way he interacts with kids, and proved that he might wind up with one after the parents, after seeing in what good hands their child is in, accidentally leave the scene with an empty back seat.
Contributed by Nathan Kemphues
Sunday, January 9, 2011
One of the volunteer places hosting some of our Coexistence track participants is Omanoot. Hebrew for art, Omanoot is a young organization aiming to showcase Israeli art to the world. Omanoot’s goal is to be “Israel’s Hulu, Amazon, iTunes and virtual MoMa, all in one.” The organization’s website just launched a few days ago and is a treasure trove of cultural resources. The website hosts fifty films from Israeli artists, provides lesson plans and is also attached to a blog with current listings of artistic events around Israel. Currently, Omanoot’s content is largely written by English speaking volunteers, including our own Anna Drillech, Allyson Page and Hannah Yohalem. Anna, a native of Paris, France, is also working to make Omanoot accessible to Francophones as well.
Omanoot’s focus on cultural inclusion and critical examination of society through alternative lenses reflects Tikkun Olam’s commitment to involvement in all facets of Israeli society. Check out Omanoot’s website today: watch a movie, find a film screening in Tel Aviv or find out about an Israeli author you never knew existed. Tikkun Olam is about repairing the world: Omanoot is about broadening your perspective of it. What could be a more complementary partnership?
Read more about Omanoot’s launch and the organization’s goals in a recent Haaretz article: http://blog.omanoot.com/art-for-israels-sake#more-307
Just in case you haven't clicked on the hyperlink yet, Omanoot can be found on the web at: www.omanoot.com