The first success in the history of the foundation was the creation of the Kollel - a three-year rabbinical program under the leadership of rabbi Shlomo Bystritsky. After passing exams, students will receive certificates confirming their professional suitability for rabbinical activities. The students of the Kollel, who moved to Hamburg with their families, receive monthly scholarships. This allows the families to live in close proximity to the community and synagogue, and concentrate on studies and social activities.
It is a unique project organized several years ago in many cities around the world. It aims at providing daily studies of the Torah and commandments. We are proud to have joined this project and since October 2017 we have been working on the Kollel Torah project in Hamburg. The educational process will include the study of the Babylonian Talmud, books on Jewish law, philosophy and chassidus. A group of at least 10 people will receive qualified knowledge every day for 1.5-2 hours. Students will receive scholarships.
We will pay special attention to the youth: graduates, students or young professionals. After all, they will form the backbone of the future community. We plan to organize the Stars project in our city, which is being successfully implemented in many cities. We will also involve young people to organize cultural and sports events for their peers. This will unite young people who are interested in traditions or just want to be among their kind. Seminars, trips, and probably workplaces will be provided for active participants to strengthen their knowledge and use their potential.
Children are taught Hebrew, traditions and basics of Judaism in the Sunday School at the educational center. Classes are held from 11 to 14 in the morning. The children study in Hebrew, get acquainted with Jewish traditions, craft and pray together, and after that they eat delicious kosher breakfast. Sunday School in the center is also a place where children learn to communicate and make friends with their peers. We plan to organize and open a heder where children will be able to receive the first knowledge of the language and traditions. For the purpose of training, we will involve our students of the rabbinical seminar, who will get this useful experience and perhaps will find their life purpose.