Amiel BaKehila Community Program

Second Delegation: November 14-16, 2019

KBR is pleased to announced a wonderful opportunity for Northern New Mexico. It’s called the Amiel BaKehila program. In short, the state of Israel sends out representatives/engagers to small communities around the world 5 times a year, for free. Read more about the program here:

Download Santa Fe’s second Amiel BaKehila delegation itinerary and description.

Kol BeRamah hosts and coordinates Santa Fe’s participation in the Amiel BaKehila program, but this is really something that the entire community is encouraged to participate in! If you or an organization with which you are involved would like to participate in future events, please email Naomi Israel.

Complete Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 14

  • 7pm – Reception & Meet the Delegates at Kol BeRamah
  • 7:30-8:30pm – Brief presentations from both delegates
    • “Chanukah: The Light That Unites” – Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider
    • “Israel: What’s to Love?” – Laura Ben-David

Friday, November 15

  • 11am-12pm – “Israel Advocacy Through Social Media” with Laura Ben David
  • Shabbat Evening Program @ Kol BeRamah
    • 4:37pm Candle Lighting for Shabbat
    • 4:45pm – Kabbalat Shabbat Services
    • 5:15pm – Rabbi Goldscheider – Leads Friday Night Learning
    • 6:15pm – Community Shabbat Dinner – Please RSVP! & Dessert Lecture with Laura Ben-David: “CONFESSIONS OF A NUANCED SETTLER” Find out why an open-minded American immigrant to Israel chose to make her home in a ‘settlement’ in Judea. Hear some rather surprising – and entertaining – stories, anecdotes and opinions about her experiences with Israelis and Palestinians through the prism of life in Israel as a ‘settler’.

Shabbat, November 16

Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider

Community Educator

Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider served for twenty years in pulpits in Florida and New York, before his aliyah to Israel in 2012. He is author of two books: ‘The Light That Unites‘, which focuses on Chanukah, and ‘The Night That Unites Haggadah’ (Urim Press) and ‘לילה של אחדות’ (Yediot Achronot Press) which highlights the teachings of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Rabbi Isaac HaKohen Kook and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach on the Passover Seder. He is also the founding director of the “In Our Hearts Project” which is dedicated to being a resource in the Jewish community for families that have experienced the loss of a child.

Laura Ben David

Writer, Photographer, Bridge Builder

Laura Ben-David is a writer, photographer and pro-Israel social media activist. Formerly the head of social media at Nefesh B’Nefesh, she is now a sought-after marketing consultant, and director of marketing & new media at Shavei Israel as well as a professional photographer. She speaks to communities around the world on numerous topics including lost and hidden ‘exotic’ Jewish communities, Israel advocacy, aliyah and photographic ‘journeys’. Originally from Monsey, New York, she made Aliyah from Boca Raton, Florida in 2002. Laura is the author of the book, MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal.

Links for Laura BenDavid

Video Lecture: Making A Difference with Photos
Interview about Shavei Yisrael
Laura’s Articles on the Times of Israel
Laura’s Photography Website

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