HOME
The Info List - Am Yisrael Foundation


--- Advertisement ---



Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
(Hebrew: קרן עם ישראל‎) is a Tel Aviv and New York-based foundation and umbrella nonprofit organization for a variety of initiatives that promote Zionist
Zionist
engagement among Jewish
Jewish
young adults residing in Israel, including providing leadership platforms for young Jews who have made Aliyah, or are contemplating immigration to Israel. The Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
describes itself as “a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that launches, supports, and funds initiatives that empower modern Zionist
Zionist
pioneering amongst Jewish
Jewish
young adults."[1] The Foundation serves as an incubator for social entrepreneurial activities that foster Jewish
Jewish
identity, community development, leadership, volunteerism, a culture of Tzedakah, grassroots civic engagement, Zionist
Zionist
action, and fundamental Jewish
Jewish
values.

Contents

1 History 2 Vision and ideology

2.1 Observant Zionism

3 Emblem 4 Affiliated organizations

4.1 TLV Internationals 4.2 White City Shabbat 4.3 Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
International Salon 4.4 Shomer Israel
Israel
Fellowship 4.5 Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Arts Council 4.6 Adopt-A-Safta 4.7 ProjecT.A. 4.8 126 Ben Yehuda - North Central Synagogue 4.9 JNFuture Israel

5 Special
Special
projects and events 6 Yom HaAliyah 7 Awards and recognition 8 Gallery 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] The Am Yisrael Foundation's activities were launched in 2007 by Jay M. Shultz, a Fair Lawn, New Jersey-born entrepreneur.[2] Shultz moved to Israel
Israel
from New York City
New York City
in 2006, and settled in Tel Aviv.[3] Concerned about mounting assimilation among young Jews, he was convinced that Aliyah
Aliyah
offered part of the solution.[4] Yet he found Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
lacking in social and cultural frameworks for young English-speaking adults who took this step.[5] To address this lacuna and further his idea of modern-day Zionist
Zionist
pioneering in Israel, he launched a series of social entrepreneurial initiatives focusing on the Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
area.[6] The Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
as the umbrella organization under which these programs operate was formally established in 2013 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.[7] One of the objectives of the organization is to leverage the backgrounds of Western immigrants in partnership with their native Israeli peers to cultivate a culture of pro-active “Observant Zionism” with the ultimate goal of developing networks critical for the vibrant survival of the Jewish
Jewish
People and Israel’s civil and economic positive development.[8] Vision and ideology[edit] The work of the Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
is rooted in an ideology of “Observant Zionism,” which sees every Jew as responsible for building up the Jewish
Jewish
homeland and contributing to “Am Yisrael,” the Jewish
Jewish
People. Observant Zionism[edit] Observant Zionism
Zionism
is not a specifically religious or secular ideology, yet it is based on traditional Jewish
Jewish
thought and practice, and the belief that “God helps those who help themselves.” Acting on the idea that man was put on this earth to elevate the physical into the spiritual, "Observant Zionism" advocates a proactive “roll-up your sleeves” philosophy combined with continued respect for the traditions of old. The Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
believes that this form of pioneering Zionism
Zionism
can be translated into community work, educational initiatives, civil action, Aliyah, serving in the IDF and business entrepreneurship.[9] Emblem[edit] The Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
logo shows twelve stalks of wheat. Wheat is a symbol of sustenance in Jewish
Jewish
tradition and one of the Seven Species of the Land of Israel. The stalks of wheat, also a reference to the biblical dream of Joseph
Joseph
and the Twelve Tribes
Twelve Tribes
of Israel, are arranged in four groupings of three, recalling the encampment of the Israelites
Israelites
around the Mishkan
Mishkan
while they wandered in the desert. In contrast to the inequality between the brothers in Joseph’s dream, the stalks of wheat in the Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
logo stand together as one unified cohesive family. The four corners of the logo's square are empty referencing the "Ingathering of the Exiles" Gathering of Israel
Israel
from the four corners of the world.[10] Affiliated organizations[edit] The organizations that operate under Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
auspices include: TLV Internationals[edit]

TLV Internationals

TLV Internationals,[11] one of Israel’s largest organizations for young Olim, plans community events for English-speakers in Tel Aviv and helps newcomers over the hurdle of adjusting to life in Israel. TLV Internationals is run by young grassroots volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and nations, claiming over 50,000 followers. The organization serves as an advocate for the interests of the international community in Israel
Israel
within the business sector, local municipalities, and the national government.[12][13] TLV Internationals hosts large annual national holiday and special events for Jewish
Jewish
young adults including; Yom HaAtzmaut, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAliyah, and the "Batzir" grape harvest. White City Shabbat[edit] White City Shabbat[14] organizes communal Shabbat
Shabbat
and Jewish
Jewish
holiday meals in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
for young adults. The organization also matches up people interested in attending a Friday night Shabbat
Shabbat
dinner or Shabbat
Shabbat
lunch with potential hosts for home hospitality.[15] On June 21 2014 in Tel Aviv, White City Shabbat
Shabbat
set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Shabbat
Shabbat
Dinner on Earth. Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
International Salon[edit]

Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
International Salon

Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
International Salon[16] is a speakers forum that organizes nonpartisan lectures in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
and invites Israeli leaders and decision makers to speak to audiences of young adults. Former speakers have included; Alan Dershowitz, R. James Woolsey Jr., Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Isaac Herzog, Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid, Tzipi Livni, Meir Dagan, Natan Sharansky, Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, and Ambassador Michael Oren. In the Great Debate Series, opposing experts are brought in to debate controversial issues. In the Business Leader Series, Israeli businessmen discuss Israeli financial and economic issues. The Ambassador Series is hosted at the private residences of foreign ambassadors in Israel, offering an inside look on international issues and Israeli relations.[17] Shomer Israel
Israel
Fellowship[edit] Shomer Israel
Israel
Fellowship hosts monthly lectures for Jewish
Jewish
young adults on Zionism
Zionism
and organizes monthly night trips to the Negev
Negev
and Galilee
Galilee
to help farmers and ranchers living on a Kibbutz
Kibbutz
or Moshav
Moshav
in outlying areas guard their property.[18] Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Arts Council[edit] Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Arts Council[19] brings together young patrons of the arts for events that focus on celebrating Israeli creative culture.[20] The Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Arts Council organizes performances, lectures on art history, and cultural events that combine art and social networking in an effort to promote Israeli art and convey the message that Israeli innovation goes beyond technology. The Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Arts Council has sponsored an Israeli Cinema Series, a Gallery Series an Art Tour Series, and the Young International Artist Award in partnership with Outset Israel. The Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Arts Council has had collaborations with major cultural institutions such as the Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Museum of Art, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, the Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Cinematheque, and the Batsheva Dance Company.[21] Adopt-A-Safta[edit] Adopt-A-Safta (“Adopt-A-Grandmother”)[22] is an organization that pairs young volunteers with lonely Holocaust
Holocaust
Survivors following the Big Brother/Big Sister model. The connection provides the Survivors with a “family” connection and personal warmth that may be missing from their lives as they age.[23] According to the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust
Holocaust
Victims, simple loneliness is the chief complaint of Holocaust
Holocaust
Survivors in Israel, and that 35 Survivors die every day, so the efforts of Adopt-A-Safta are ultimately a race against time. [24][25] Each year, Adopt-A-Safta hosts a large Yom HaShoah
Yom HaShoah
(Holocaust Memorial Day) commemorative event for hundreds of Jewish
Jewish
young adults in Tel Aviv. ProjecT.A.[edit]

ProjecT.A.

ProjecT.A. organizes civic action drives such as substantive engagement with various departments of the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, volunteering to become trained emergency response medics, and a call to sign up as volunteer police officers with the Israel
Israel
National Police. At a meeting held with the Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Police’s Yarkon subdistrict civil guard in 2014, young immigrants from different backgrounds submitted their candidacy for police training, ultimately becoming the first young Olim
Olim
volunteer police force in Israel.[26] 126 Ben Yehuda - North Central Synagogue[edit] North Central Synagogue,[27] housed in a Bauhaus
Bauhaus
building dating to 1934 at 126 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, has been revitalized and holds Shabbat
Shabbat
and Jewish
Jewish
holiday services that attract large numbers of young Olim
Olim
and native-born Israelis under the leadership of Rabbi Shlomo Chayen.[28] Although the synagogue formally identifies as modern religious Zionist, Ashkenazi
Ashkenazi
and Sephardi, it is a relaxed congregation that welcomes all Jews from any background.[29] In addition to hosting Shabbat
Shabbat
meals in partnership with White City Shabbat, the synagogue offers weekly prayer services, Torah
Torah
classes, Jewish
Jewish
philosophy seminars and Talmud
Talmud
study groups.[30] JNFuture Israel[edit] JNFuture Israel
Israel
is an Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
partnership with the Jewish
Jewish
National Fund.[31] The organization sponsors events and volunteer programs that combine Zionist
Zionist
education, frontier development, and environmental activism.[32] At a Tu Bishvat
Tu Bishvat
event in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
organized by JNFuture Israel, hundreds of young Jewish
Jewish
adults gathered together for a “wine and cheese-tasting seder” to socialize and observe traditional Tu BiShvat customs.[33] Special
Special
projects and events[edit]

Torah
Torah
written in memory of fallen IDF soldiers

Events sponsored by the Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
are attended by young adults, Israeli and international, as well as tourists, embassy staff and members of the foreign press.[34] In 2015, the Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
raised funds for a Torah
Torah
scroll written in honor of the 72 IDF soldiers killed in battle[35] during Operation Protective Edge.[36] The Torah
Torah
dedication ceremony at 126 Ben Yehuda - North Central Synagogue in Tel Aviv.[37] commenced with a procession of singing and dancing through the streets of Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
led by Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Yisrael Meir Lau.[38] Yom HaAliyah[edit]

Joshua
Joshua
leading the Israelites
Israelites
across the Jordan on 10th of Nisan

Am Yisrael Foundation's President Jay M. Shultz was the driving force behind the creation of a new national Israeli holiday, Yom HaAliyah (Hebrew: יום העלייה‎) ( Aliyah
Aliyah
Day).[39] On June 21, 2016, the Knesset
Knesset
voted in favor of adding Aliyah
Aliyah
Day to the calendar.[40] Aliyah
Aliyah
Day will be celebrated on the tenth of the Hebrew
Hebrew
month of Nisan
Nisan
Hebrew: י’ ניסן‎, when according to the Bible in the Book of Joshua, Joshua
Joshua
and the Israelites
Israelites
crossed the Jordan River at Gilgal
Gilgal
into the Promised Land.[41] This was the first documented “mass Aliyah.”[42] Yom Ha Aliyah
Aliyah
was established to acknowledge Aliyah
Aliyah
as a core value of the State of Israel
Israel
and the Jewish
Jewish
People, and to honor the ongoing contributions of Olim
Olim
to Israeli society.[43] As the tenth of Nisan
Nisan
occurs a few days before the Passover
Passover
holiday, when schools are not in session, the school system will also mark the holiday on the seventh of the Hebrew
Hebrew
month of Heshvan. That date is also symbolic as the Torah
Torah
portion read out in synagogues that week, Lekh Lekha, relates the story of how the biblical patriarch Abraham
Abraham
is ordered by God to leave his home and his family and go up to the Land of Israel. The Yom Ha Aliyah
Aliyah
bill was presented to the Twentieth Knesset
Knesset
by Miki Zohar of Likud, Hilik Bar
Hilik Bar
of Israeli Labor Party, and Michael Oren
Michael Oren
of Kulanu.[44] Awards and recognition[edit]

White City Shabbat, Guinness World Record
Guinness World Record
for the Largest Shabbat Dinner

On June 13, 2014, Am Yisrael Foundation’s White City Shabbat
Shabbat
set the Guinness World Record
Guinness World Record
for the world's largest Shabbat
Shabbat
dinner. Held at Hangar 11 at Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Port, the event was attended by 2,226 people, including Alan Dershowitz, Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
mayor Ron Huldai, Israeli basketball star Tal Brody
Tal Brody
and former US Ambassador Michael Oren. The event took almost a year of preparation and involved “60 days of crowd-sourced fundraising,[45] 800 bottles of Israeli wine, 80 bottles of vodka, 50 bottles of whiskey, 2,000 challah rolls, 80 long tables, 1,800 pieces of chicken, 1,000 portions of beef and 250 vegetarian meals.” A total of 2,300 diners signed up for the dinner and another 3,000 were placed on the waiting list.[46] Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Culture of Israel Start-up Nation Gathering of Israel

References[edit]

^ Am Yisrael Foundation, About Am Yisrael Foundation ^ Israel21C: The Mayor of International Tel Aviv ^ Times Of Israel: Jay Shultz founder of Am Yisrael Foundation ^ Times Of Israel: Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
as the best response to the Pew Study ^ Jewish
Jewish
News: Struggling Philanthropist of Tel Aviv ^ Jewish
Jewish
Standard: From Paterson to Israel ^ Jerusalem Post: The New Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Zionists ^ Jewish
Jewish
Journal: Am Yisrael Foundation's Observant Zionism ^ Observant Zionism ^ About Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
logo ^ About TLV Internationals ^ Wall Street Journal: High tech sector draws diverse expats to Tel Aviv ^ Haartez: Israel
Israel
Political Parties and Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Olim ^ About White City Shabbat ^ Tablet Magazine: Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
synagogue that never grows old ^ About Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
International Salon ^ Jerusalem Post: No Armchair Politician ^ Jewish
Jewish
Journal: Modeling volunteerism in Israel
Israel
as an Observant Zionist ^ About Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Arts Council ^ Megafon: "המשימה שלי להראות שהתרבות הישראלית היא מהטובות בעולם" Archived October 18, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Your Middle East: Tel Aviv's Bubble of Art and Creativity ^ About Adopt-A-Safta ^ Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Taking care of Israel's Lonely Holocaust
Holocaust
Survivors ^ NBC News: Giving a ‘lifeline’ to elderly Holocaust
Holocaust
survivors ^ IBA News: Young Olim
Olim
volunteering with Survivors ^ Jerusalem Post: A thin blue Oleh line ^ About 126 Ben Yehuda ^ About Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Rabbi ^ YNET: Revitalization of a Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
landmark synagogue ^ Tablet Magazine: Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
synagogue that never grows old ^ B'Yachad: JNFuture Israel
Israel
is launched ^ Jewish
Jewish
News Service: JNFuture Israel
Israel
events in Tel Aviv ^ Jewish
Jewish
National Fund: Tu BiShvat in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Reconnects Hundreds to Israel's Roots ^ Israel21C: The Mayor of International Tel Aviv ^ YNET: IDF casualties ^ Arutz Sheva: Jewish
Jewish
Life in Tel Aviv ^ Israel21C: The Mayor of International Tel Aviv ^ Arutz Sheva: Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
dedicates a Torah
Torah
to the fallen soldiers ^ YNET: Grassroots initiated holiday becomes law ^ JWire: New Israeli National Holiday ^ Haaretz: Knesset
Knesset
Approves Yom HaAliyah ^ Book of Joshua
Book of Joshua
Chapter 4:19 ^ Arutz Sheva: Knesset
Knesset
Proposes Aliyah
Aliyah
Holiday Bill ^ Times Of Israel: Israel
Israel
approves new holiday to celebrate new immigrants ^ NY Blueprint: Crowdfunding the World's Largest Shabbat
Shabbat
Dinner ^ Arutz Sheva: World's Largest Shabbat
Shabbat
Dinner Hosts 2,226

External links[edit]

Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
website Am Yisrael Foundation
Am Yisrael Foundation
Facebook page TLV Internationals website Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
International Salon website Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Arts Council website Adopt-A-Safta website North Central Synagogue website White City Shabbat
Shabbat
website

v t e

Zionism

Concepts

Zion Land of Israel Aliyah Yerida Homeland (proposals) Jewish
Jewish
state Law of Return Yishuv Territorialism Promised Land Gathering of Israel Settlement Negation of the Diaspora Revival of the Hebrew
Hebrew
language Hebraization of surnames Judaization

Ideologies

General Labor Revisionist Reform Religious Cultural Federal Post-Zionism Proto-Zionism Neo-Zionism Non-Zionism Christian Muslim Kahanism Arab Green

Organizations

Histadrut World Zionist
Zionist
Organization Zionist
Zionist
General Council Zionist
Zionist
Federation of Germany Zionist
Zionist
Organization of America Religious Zionists of America Jewish
Jewish
National Fund Poale Zion Jewish
Jewish
Agency for Israel Jewish
Jewish
National Council Bnei Akiva Habonim Dror Hashomer Hatzair Haganah Hanoar Hatzioni World Agudath Israel Irgun Betar Lehi Jewish
Jewish
Party Jewish
Jewish
Resistance Movement Palmach Women's International Zionist
Zionist
Organization Hadassah Women's Zionist
Zionist
Organization of America Aytzim American Zionist
Zionist
Movement Am Yisrael Foundation Zionist
Zionist
Federation of Great Britain and Ireland Institute for Zionist
Zionist
Strategies International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Nefesh B'Nefesh

History and timelines

History of Israel Chronology of Aliyah History of Zionism Balfour Declaration UN General Assembly Resolution 3379 UN General Assembly Resolution 46/86 Timeline of Zionism Israeli–Palestinian peace process History of the Arab–Israeli conflict

Related topics

List of Zionists Anti-Zionism The Holocaust Antisemitism New antisemitism Jewish
Jewish
Autonomism Jewish
Jewish
emancipation Jewish
Jewish
political movements Greater Israel Muscular Judaism Zionist
Zionist
political vi

.