About the charity
The Nehora organization was established in 2002 by Rabbi Yuval Bar Natan and Rabbi Ohr Taub and has been based in the center of the city of Ramat Gan since 2007. The organization provides spiritual guidance and support to Jews who are in different stages of returning to their roots and becoming more and more Torah observant. The organization helps to strengthen their ties to the Torah way of life in ways that the people can connect to and are comfortable with. There are regular Torah education programs provided by the organization the entire year and special programs on Shabbatot and...Show more
The Nehora organization was established in 2002 by Rabbi Yuval Bar Natan and Rabbi Ohr Taub and has been based in the center of the city of Ramat Gan since 2007. The organization provides spiritual guidance and support to Jews who are in different stages of returning to their roots and becoming more and more Torah observant. The organization helps to strengthen their ties to the Torah way of life in ways that the people can connect to and are comfortable with. There are regular Torah education programs provided by the organization the entire year and special programs on Shabbatot and holidays. There are also outreach programs to teach Torah and the Jewish way of life to college students and soldiers.
Among the Rabbis who are regularly involved in the outreach programs and teaching classes are Rav Yaacov Ariel, Rav Yehoshua Shapira, Rav Shmuel Eliyahu, Rav Dovid Dovidkevitch, Rav Chaim Shalom Deutsch, Rav Shlomo Klein and many many more.
Programs run by Nehora:
1) Beit Midrash (post high school yeshiva) "Aish Kodesh" - a community Beit Midrash:
There are classes from morning until evening. There are Gemara (Talmud) classes both in depth and proficiency, Jewish law, Jewish faith and Chasidism. A lot of emphasis is put on making the overall atmosphere very family-like and warm. Some of the learning is done in pairs or individual learning and some are classes given by the Rabbis of the yeshiva. All of the students in the yeshiva are newly returned to the Torah way of life. Some of them learn in the yeshiva the entire day and some work half the day and learn half the day. Once a month and around the holidays and special occasions there are - in the best Nehora traditional spirit - Chassidic programs (farbrengen) where there is singing, food and drink, uplifting stories and inspirational speeches, with Rabbis from all over Israel and the yeshiva Rabbis.
2) Midrasha for women - "Neviya":
In the midrasha there are afternoon and evening Torah classes in Jewish law, Chassidism, Jewish faith and Torah and workshops for strengthening oneself internally. In addition there are special occasions such as the water drawing festival on Sukkot (Simchat Bet Hashoeva) Rosh Chodesh (beginning of the Jewish month) parties, trips and more. All of the women are newly returned to a Torah way of life. They work during the day and receive support and guidance in the return process and couples or family issues.
3) The Nehora community:
The Nehora community consists of many tens of families, mostly newly returned to a Torah way of life. The Nehora organization runs babycare programs, Eshkol nurseries and kindergartens together with the city council and summer camps and after school activities for local children whose families are interested in a religious education. The men and women regularly take part in Torah classes and workshops in the yeshiva or midrasha and receive advice and counseling at every stage or challenge, large or small, in their lives.
4) Community activities:
There are many activities available for the members of the Nehora community, such as group Shabbat or holiday meals, family trips, Rosh Chodesh parties, evenings for women, organized Shabbatonim (Shabbatot spent outside Ramat Gan) and more. In addition, there are regular learning programs in the evening during the week and on Shabbat in the Beit Midrash.
5) Looking from the inside - outwards....
The yeshiva students and community members take part in many activities that strive to spread the light of Torah to the local people of Ramat Gan and the outlying areas, with love and friendliness and making sure to reach out in a positive way that draws people towards them. There are stalls set up for putting on tefillin and giving out Shabbat candles. There are activities around the holidays such as lighting Chanuka candles, reading the megilla on Purim and praying with a minyan (ten men or more) on the high holidays. There are many Torah programs and activities around Shabbat and holidays for soldiers who are staying at "Ramat Gan home for soldiers" and a family center where one can find guidance for couples, parents, families and more.
6) Student programs:
Besides the "Hashraa" program which gives out scholarships for Jewish studies to hundreds of students a year, the Nehora organization runs a "continuation project" for non-religious students. They have weekly classes in mussar (ethics), emuna (faith), and gemara (talmud). They also have enrichment workshops and joint Shabbatot. Among the teachers and leaders of "continuation project" is the artist and singer Evyatar Banai, a former student in the Nehora yeshiva who comes weekly to teach in Nehora. Most of the students in the yeshiva come from completely non-religious homes in the cities or kibbutzim but there are also those students who originally came from a religious background and for various reasons left the fold but found their way back, thank G-d.
In the Jewish month of Elul, before the high holidays, the Nehora organization arranges a large conference with many inspirational speakers to give support and encouragement to the people who are living new lives after returning to the Torah. The speakers address all different subjects which are most interesting to this specific audience. Among the speakers who have taken part in previous conferences are Rabbi's from the entire rainbow of orthodox Jewry - ashkenzic chareidi, religious zionist, lubavitch, breslov, ashlag, artists and singers such as Evyatar Banai and Aharon Razel and many more. The conferences have been extremely successful, have been covered by the media and approximately 800 men and women participated.
Development of Nehora:
The Nehora organization is constantly growing and developing from year to year. More and more people are involved in the many activities, the number of classes is expanding, etc. At this time, Nehora is in the midst of tremendous movement on all fronts of the holy work of reaching out to any Jew who does not know about the beauty and purity of a Torah life.
The Nehora organization believes that the way to treat those who are returning to the Torah way of life is by empowering them and encouraging healthy values, for instance, by supporting and encouraging contact with family, friends, business associates, and continuing to use talents and knowledge gleaned from before the individual started the "teshuva" (return) process. They are guided to build the next stage of their life, which is focused on Torah and serving G-d, upon the positive, solid parts of their past.
The uniqueness of the Nehora organization can be seen in the fact that the individual is presented with many different lifestyles within the orthodox Jewish community and not just one way, and everyone can chose for him or herself the spiritual path most fitting for them and at the same time to also be able to respect and enjoy the spiritual wealth of all different Torah lifestyles.
We at Nehora believe that this all-encompassing and open way of presenting the Torah and the many ways to live a true Torah life is the most fitting for the new generation of those who are searching for a Jewish way of life. Nehora's goal and vision is to reach more and more Jews and to strengthen and guide those who are looking for meaning in their life or in any stage of returning home to Torah so that they can take their place within the Jewish nation and the entire Jewish people will be strengthened and enriched.Show less
The percentage of each donation that the charity uses for its activities. (The rest is used to cover overhead expenses)
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