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Hakhel Blog: Craig Oshkello

Hakhel Blog: Craig Oshkello

May 13th, 2019

The local farm supply store, a seventh generation family business, left a message for me on Shabbat. Probably not aware that it was the fourteenth day of the counting of the Omer, they let me know the barley has arrived.[...]

Hakhel Spotlight: FED

Hakhel Spotlight: FED

May 13th, 2019

FED is a community where people from diverse backgrounds, professions, and walks of life come together for open and honest dialogue; delicious, vegetable-forward food; and the creative energy and ideas of others in attendance. Each event provides motivational, entertaining[...]

Hakhel Spotlight: Israeli Community Barcelona

Hakhel Spotlight: Israeli Community Barcelona

April 10th, 2019

The Israeli Community Barcelona was established in October 2016 by a group of local Israelis who sought to join together in order to create a framework for social activities. The activities take place in Hebrew and revolve around Jewish holidays[...]

Hakhel Israel Trip – Communities of Israel

Hakhel Israel Trip – Communities of Israel

March 25th, 2019

Communities of Israel - Reflections from Hakhel's Israel Tour by Sephirah Stacey Oshkello At the beginning of November, members of Living Tree Alliance traveled to Israel with 20 other leaders of Jewish intentional communities in North America as part of Hazon's[...]

Hakhel Spotlight: Hashomer Hatzair USA

Hakhel Spotlight: Hashomer Hatzair USA

March 15th, 2019

Hello from Hashomer Hatzair USA! We are a socialist zionist youth movement that has a sleepaway camp in the summer and year-round activities for our kenim (branches). We are excited to be here as first time members in the Hakhel community![...]

Hakhel Spotlight: Kehila Ivrit Amsterdam

Hakhel Spotlight: Kehila Ivrit Amsterdam

January 15th, 2019

Kehila was established by Israelis living in the Netherlands who teamed up to create a joint framework for cultural, social, and educational activities in the Hebrew language. Kehila is based on its members’ active participation and involvement in the spirit[...]

Hakhel Israel trip – Day 1

Hakhel Israel trip – Day 1

November 9th, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018 By Gil Landau, Kfar B'ir, Washington DC Monday morning, we stood on a mountaintop overlooking the Kineret and the place where the earliest Kibbutzim were established. After hearing our guide James tell his moving personal story of coming[...]

Hakhel Israel trip – Day 2

Hakhel Israel trip – Day 2

November 6th, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 By Elie Benhiyoun Divorced with three kids and nowhere to go, Sara made the trek north to Afula. When she arrived, the first thing she did was get on a bike, find whatever odds and ends she could[...]

Hakhel Spotlight: The Kehilla in South Korea

Hakhel Spotlight: The Kehilla in South Korea

November 6th, 2018

Hakehillah is a Jewish cultural community focused on welcoming and including all who wish to celebrate Jewish tradition, religion, and culture. There aren’t many Jews in South Korea, and we want to make everyone feel like they have a family[...]

Hakhel Spotlight: Urban Moshav Boston

Hakhel Spotlight: Urban Moshav Boston

November 6th, 2018

On our Hakhel tour of intentional communities last month, our small group bonded quickly. With representatives from Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia – as well as Mexico, Ukraine, and Russia – we easily bridged our linguistic and cultural differences (everyone[...]