Beit Ha’Am Journey in Ottawa

Cooking in Hebrew – Israeli Chef Einat Abramovitch Partin and Lior Sagi, CZF education program director, led dozens of participants in an interactive workshop that created an Israeli-style feast at Kehillat Beth Israel. (Michael Brin)

Cooking in Hebrew – Israeli Chef Einat Abramovitch Partin and Lior Sagi, CZF education program director, led dozens of participants in an interactive workshop that created an Israeli-style feast at Kehillat Beth Israel. (Michael Brin)

The Canadian Zionist Federation (CZF) and the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Diaspora Affairs (DDA-WZO) brought the Beit Ha’Am Journey to Ottawa from May 23 to 26.

The Beit Ha’Am Journey is a series of workshops, films and other learning experiences led by experts from Israel designed to help Jewish people in the Diaspora better understand life in Israel, and to bring Israelis and Jewish communities in the Diaspora closer together.

Events took place at various locations in the city, including the Soloway Jewish Community Centre (SJCC), Kehillat Beth Israel, Hillel Ottawa, Temple Israel and Congregation Machzikei Hadas, and were variously co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, the SJCC, Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program, AJA 50+, Hillel Ottawa, Kehillat Beth Israel, Temple Israel and Machzikei Hadas.

Shabbat Yerushalmit (Jerusalem Shabbat) – A Jerusalem-style Shabbat dinner was attended by nearly 50 students at Hillel Ottawa. “We had never hosted a Shabbat dinner in the summer and were anxious that less than 10 people would attend,” said Hillel Ottawa Director Dovi Chein. “It was one of the most exciting, fun, engaging, and educational Shabbats we have ever hosted.” (Anna Gurevich)

Shabbat Yerushalmit (Jerusalem Shabbat) – A Jerusalem-style Shabbat dinner was attended by nearly 50 students at Hillel Ottawa. “We had never hosted a Shabbat dinner in the summer and were anxious that less than 10 people would attend,” said Hillel Ottawa Director Dovi Chein. “It was one of the most exciting, fun, engaging, and educational Shabbats we have ever hosted.” (Anna Gurevich)

Beit Ha’Am Journey team – Members of the Beit Ha’Am Journey team gather at the SJCC prior to one of the sessions. (From left) Lior Sagi, CZF education program director; Roey Yamin, head of the North American delegation of DDA-WZO; Or Adi, U.S. east coast director of DDA-WZO; and Les Rothschild, CZF executive board president. (Michael Regenstreif)

Members of the Beit Ha’Am Journey team gather at the SJCC prior to one of the sessions.
(From left) Lior Sagi, CZF education program director; Roey Yamin, head of the North American delegation of DDA-WZO; Or Adi, U.S. east coast director of DDA-WZO; and Les Rothschild, CZF executive board president.

Certificate of appreciation – CZF and DDA-WZO present a certificate of appreciation to Andrea Freedman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, for her help in bringing the Beit Ha’Am Journey to Ottawa. (From left) Roey Yamin, head of the North American delegation of DDA-WZO; Lior Sagi, CZF education program director; Ella Dagan, Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program manager; and Les Rothschild, CZF executive board president. (Michael Regenstreif )

CZF and DDA-WZO present a certificate of appreciation to Andrea Freedman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, for her help in bringing the Beit Ha’Am Journey to Ottawa.
(From left) Roey Yamin, head of the North American delegation of DDA-WZO; Lior Sagi, CZF education program director; Ella Dagan, Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program manager; and Les Rothschild, CZF executive board president.

Hatikvah – Esther Serok, representative of the World Zionist Organization executive in North America, leads a discussion on how “Hatikvah” became the anthem of the Zionist movement and eventually the national anthem of the State of Israel. (Michael Regenstreif)

Hatikvah – Esther Serok, representative of the World Zionist Organization executive in North America, leads a discussion on how “Hatikvah” became the anthem of the Zionist movement and eventually the national anthem of the State of Israel.

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