Avodah – Outreach
With outstretched arms, Belz embraces all who seek connection and are eager to learn more about Yiddishkeit (Judaism). Its outreach initiatives attract individuals based on their aspirations, needs, and level of awareness.
THREE MONUMENTAL OPERATIONS — THREE EFFECTIVE GOALS
Today’s most influential informational resource is mass media. Hidabroot, with the encouragement of the Belzer Rebbe shlita, harnesses this power to connect to unaffiliated Jews.
Hidabroot is a famous Israeli television channel broadcasting from its state-of-the-art recording studio staffed by dozens of kiruv professionals, well-respected rabbis, and media personalities.
Hidabroot’s online platform receives 25,000 hits a day from people exploring topics on relationships, spirituality, music, business, and more.
Via these media channels, Hidabroot reaches Jews who are far removed from their heritage and inspires them to reconnect with their roots.
HIDABROOT’S FACTS & FIGURES
Men and women participate in Hidabroot retreats and seminars
Lecturers inspire unaffiliated Jews to learn more about their heritage
Families on the road to a Torah life with support along the journey
Questions answered yearly on the Hidabroot 24 hr Halacha Hotline
Subscribers of all ages enjoy daily articles on Jewish faith and philosophy
Men and women joined hundreds of Shabbatons hosted by Hidabroot’s Rabbonim who deliver inspirational and spiritual food for thought
“After viewing our programs on television or online, we receive many emails such as ‘what’s wrong in marrying a non-Jew?’ That’s when our team steps in. Not only answering questions about assimilation. We respond to each curious viewer, guiding and assisting them with any questions or conflicts they may have about Judaism.”
Rabbi Cohen, Hidabroot volunteer
TZOHAR reaches out
Tzohar, literally translated as a light, serves as a beacon of light and a ray of hope for troubled adolescents. When a teen is in crisis it’s typically an outcome of an unaddressed difficulty. The initial cause may be relatively minor such as a learning disability, social awkwardness, or a troubled family, which can be challenging to deal with as they develop into young adults—when self-identity is crucial.
Without guidance, these boys and girls find themselves outside the educational and social framework. They may end up turning to dangerous and forbidden activities.
TZOHAR’S PROACTIVE & PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
Tzohar’s team of professionals reaches out to these struggling, lost and confused adolescents by:
- Helping them navigate away from bad influences
- Arranging Shabbatons and getaways
- Placing some teens in the care of warm foster homes
GUIDANCE & SUPPORT
Through therapeutic healing and ongoing support systems these delicate souls slowly return to a life of Torah, fulfillment, and tranquility.
- Mentorship programs
- Respite Centers & Information Centers
- 24-hour helpline for troubled teens and their parents
YEARLY LECTURES & RETREATS
Tzohar takes preventative measures by scheduling lectures at boy’s and girls’ high schools.
- Professional and renowned Rabbis and lecturers
- Question & answer sessions
- Follow-up discourses for those seeking guidance
“To Tzvi, Dani’s mentor, and to the entire wonderful Tzohar organization,
There were moments of hope and moments of despair. I cannot begin to thank you for closing Dani’s criminal file completely and helping him cut all ties with his gang. Dani has made great progress. Today Dani learns in a Yeshiva Gedola, the same one his deceased father attended. You saved Dani. You saved me. You saved our entire family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. “
TORAH V’EMUNAH inspires growth
Thanks to Tzohar’s outreach organization, hundreds of troubled youths return to their roots striving to rebuild their connection with Torah, Judaism, and Hashem. Although Belz doesn’t encourage potential baalei teshuva to become Belzer chassidim, many do integrate with the Chassidus of Belz, and others ultimately choose a familiar communal structure.
Torah V’Emunah is for intelligent young men who seek to grow spiritually. Their accomplishments in learning are so incredible that even the faculty has a hard time believing it.
The Yeshiva’s primary goal is to provide long-term guidance—paving a path for each baal teshuva to continue leading a meaningful life.
“My main goal is for a baal teshuvah to reach a point where he no longer feels like a baal teshuvah, like someone different. He should feel like every Jew who observes the Torah and its mitzvos.”
Belzer Rebbe Shlita
TORAH V’EMUNAH TIDBITS
After finishing his army service tour, a young man joined Torah V’Emunah. Today he learns in the yeshiva’s kollel iyun and is a chavrusa of Rabbi Shammi Kehas Gross shlita, one of the leading rabbanim of Belz.
The Belzer Rebbe considers baalei teshuvah literally like his own children. When the yeshiva comes to say Gut Shabbos after davening, the Rebbe will immediately notice a new bochur who joined the yeshiva.
“As long as my soul resides in my body, I will never cease upholding the yeshiva that brings children back to their Father in Heaven.” So responded the Rebbe when the yeshiva was facing financial difficulties.
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