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  • Sister Communities and Rabbinic Exchange

    Several weeks a new, groundbreaking project of the Barkai Center was launched in partnership with the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA):  sister communities and a rabbinic exchange between communities in North America and the State of

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  • Chanukah Family Day of Learning and Fun

    On the last day of Chanukah, the Barkai Center held a special day of learning dedicated to marital counseling for the Barkai rabbis and their wives.  The tools that they learned will be helpful to their own marriages as well as help them in

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  • Chaplaincy Course and The Conversation Training

    Recently, the 4th Cohort of Barkai Center rabbis completed a course on Chaplaincy at the Lew Pell Center for Chaplaincy Studies. The rabbis studied under the direction of Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Glass, a certified chaplain at the Herzog Hospital in

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  • The "Communities on Fire" Project

    During Chanukah the Barkai Center posted on Facebook and on WhatsApp groups one post for each of the eight days that showcase the important community work that is being done by our rabbis.

    Below is an English

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  • Studies in Practical Halacha

    An important area of the training that the Barkai Center offers is practical Halacha.  A Rabbi must constantly remain up to date in his knowledge of practical Halacha.  Here is a brief summary of what the rabbis have been studying in

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  • New Office Manager for Barkai

    On December 1st, 2019 Amit Baron joined Barkai’s team as our new Office Manager. Amit lives in Modiin, is married and is a mother to two children.  She has an MA in Organizational Consulting and is a certified coach. After recently

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  • Government Support for Barkai from the Ministry of Religious Services

    Last month, the Barkai Center was informed that for the third year it received a modest amount of governmental funding. Barkai was the only organization of its kind to receive this funding from the

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  • A First for the Jewish World: Professional Insurance for Rabbis

    After years of joint efforts between lawyers and insurance companies, Barkai Center presented a conference on the legal responsibility of the rabbi and offered Israeli community rabbis the opportunity for the first time to purchase a

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  • Exciting New Project to Bring US and Israeli Pulpit Rabbis and their Communities Together

    In conjunction with the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) the Barkai Center will launch a new rabbinic exchange program. Ten American pulpit rabbis will come for a conference together with 10 select Barkai rabbis and to be placed in individual

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  • A First for Israel: Yarchei Kalla for Community Rabbis

    Last week, for the first time a "Yarchei Kalla" was held with the aim of helping community rabbis prepare their sermons and classes to be delivered over the High Holidays. The Yarchei Kalla was a joint venture between the Barkai Center and the

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  • New Aacdemic Year begins for Barkai Center

    The rabbis as well as their wives kicked off a new year of studies at the Barkai Center. This is the second year of study for the fourth cohort of rabbis and their wives.

    The rabbis classes centered on the High Holydays - both from the

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  • Barkai at AIPAC

    Rabbi Fine and Ronel Elkayam attended the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC. They joined thousands of representatives from Israeli organizations. At the Conference they were able to meet and interact with many people

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  • Pre-Passover Workshop for Rabbis

    Our Sages instruct that 30 days prior to Passover one is to begin studying the applicable laws. In keeping with this dictum of the Sages- the Barkai Center, in conjunction with the World Union of Orthodox Synagogues

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  • Mediation Course

    The Barkai Center rabbis from Cohort 4 recently completed an extended course in mediation and conflict resolution. The course was taught by the head of Mishkan Shalom, a non profit dedicated to conflict resolution, Rabbi Eran

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  • Gabbai Conference

    In March the Barkai Center held a conference for synagogue board members and gabbaim of Barkai communities in conjunction with the World Union of Orthodox Synagogues and Communities. The conference was attended by over
    200 people.

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  • Monthly Meetings for the Wives of the Rabbis

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    The wives of the rabbis have also been having their own monthly meetings so as to discuss and learn

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  • Course in Personal Coaching

    personal training

    Recently a moving and trailblazing ceremony took place at Barkai marking the successful

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  • Workshops on Conversion

    personal training

    Two seminar days on Conversion were recently held for Barkai rabbis. The first day took place in

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