Areivim Zeh LaZeh

Developing Israeli Orthodox Communal Leadership
and Culture Dedicated to the Jewish People
and the State of Israel.

The synagogue has for milenia served as the focal point of both the religious and communal life of the Jew. In addition to serving as a house of prayer, the synagogue had provided venues for Torah study, informal education, and even socializing. It is a unique institution in that it serves the family, providing for the needs of several generations simultaneously. History has clearly shown that the synagogue has played a significant role in shaping the Jewish identity and values of not only the individual Jew, but also of the Jewish family and the Jewish community.

Areivim Zeh LaZeh is involved in restructuring of the Israeli Modern Orthodox Synagogue with regard to its communal function and the development of young synagogue and communal leadership dedicated to these values. An important objective has been to help establish social action and outreach in synagogues as an important value in Israeli orthodox society, including creating a comfortable environment for the spiritual and social absorption of new immigrants.

Areivim Zeh LaZeh addresses a number of needs in the Modern Orthodox communities of Israel and the Diaspora. In recent years, connection to the State of Israel has waned in Diaspora communities in general, affecting the Orthodox community as well. In addition, Orthodox communities in both Israel and the Diaspora have become increasingly insular, creating a larger gap between Orthodox and non-Orthodox societies. Of late, in particular, the Orthodox Zionist community has focused on nationalistic issues at the expense of its other traditional focal points - bridging between the religious and non-religious communities, education, and social action. Put in other terms, in numerous modern Orthodox circles, the value of Eretz Yisrael has surpassed the values of Am Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael. Areivim Zeh LaZeh is designed to strengthen commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish people within the Orthodox communities of Israel and the Diaspora.

Goals and Objectives

Description of Activities

Areivim Zeh LaZeh is a joint effort of the Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel and the Union of Synagogues in Israel (, and is supported in part by the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Programs are sponsored in part by the National Council of Young Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel
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