Who We Are – The Department of Diaspora Activities – World Zionist Organization
The Department of Diaspora Activities of the World Zionist Organization is responsible for the development and strengthening of the relationship between world Jewry and Israel, based on a view that considers Zionism to be part of a complete Jewish identity and believes that it is an idea that every Jew can connect to.
The department strives to enable an open and genuine discussion of questions relating to the future of the fulfillment of the Zionist vision, the Jewish people, the Zionist movement and the position and role of the State of Israel. This is accomplished through the development of a variety of educational programs that encompass many areas and debate major dilemmas. The Department of Diaspora Activities engages in activity on five continents, in small and large Jewish communities, through the work of dozens of Israeli emissaries and local employees, and in cooperation with the various Zionist Federations and delegations in communities around the world.
Here is some of what we do:
Beit Ha’am – This is our flagship program for creating Jewish-Zionist discourse and debate in Israel and around the world. A wide variety of topics are discussed such as Diaspora-Israel relations, seminal events, holidays and the cycle of the year, Israeli society, tensions among the Jewish people, and more. Using translated Hebrew texts, videos and guiding questions, educators and facilitators can hold meaningful discussions for the group on issues relevant to the participants, their personal identity and connection with the Jewish people and Israel.
Tachles – Let’s learn to speak everyday Hebrew properly. Tachles is an innovative educational program that offers learners a hands-on opportunity to experience and practice simple everyday Hebrew as it is used in Israel. As part of a group process, program participants will be able to gain familiarity with the Hebrew alphabet, learn to ask questions, understand the answers and acquire a vocabulary that they will be able to use when they visit Israel.
Cooking Hebrew– This is a program for all ages that allows those who like cooking to combine their hobby with love for the Hebrew language. Cooking Hebrew involves a series of monthly meetings that focus on topics related to Israel or the cycle of the Jewish year. The participants in the program enjoy a guided encounter that includes conversation, discussion, which of course culminates in cooking a sumptuous Israeli meal. More than 15 groups are already cooking in North America!
Leadership with an Eye to the Future – Learning leadership from the Herzl. This project takes participants on a fascinating journey in the footsteps of Theodor Herzl– from Budapest, Hungary to Vienna, Austria. During the journey, the group learns about the circumstances that led Herzl to become the Zionist movement’s most important leader, Zionist ideology then and now, the processes that contributed to achieving the outcome, and discusses our responsibility for the future of the Jewish people as well as questions of personal and social leadership.
Mochileros – Many of the world’s Jews live in small, sometimes isolated communities. Our goal is to reach such communities and bring Israel to them. Mochileros is a brief community volunteer mission in South America aimed at young Israelis who have completed their military or national service, speak Spanish and want to take part in a different educational experience. The Shlichim and the mission set out in two annual cycles (Spring-National Holidays and Autumn-Tishrei holidays) to the communities, where they stay for two months and work with all age groups.
The department’s programs vary and develop according to local needs and the department’s vision.
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Want to hear more about our activities? Want to bring our services to you? Need activity materials? Contact Avigayil at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 02-6202246.