Global Jewish organization Olami takes the lead to create meaningful ways to connect people to a Jewish way of life.
This past Sunday Olami hosted more than 5000 students from all over the world for a pre-pesach trivia game followed by a virtual concert with renowned artists Yaakov Shwekey and Yishai Ribo and words of inspiration from Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau.
171 teams from 17 countries competed in 5 languages for a chance to win up to $5,000 in cash prizes for their local Olami member organization.
Olami is using its global influence to create a movement to celebrate and learn about Judaism even during these difficult times. Under normal circumstances Olami provides young adults the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of Jewish living through face-to face textual study, Shabbat dinners, seminars and trips to Poland and Israel to explore their Jewish heritage.
But in this new situation where normal face-to-face programming is on hold, Olami is making it possible for students to connect and learn in other inspiring and fun ways.
“With new challenges comes unique opportunities…” says COO Rabbi David Markowitz. “Our educators and students around the world are connecting in meaningful and innovative ways. Turning Pesach learning into a global trivia competition was a fun way for our global community to learn and connect while at home.”
“This was the most fun I have had all week and even better I had the opportunity to learn about the upcoming festival of Passover” says one participant from South Africa.
Olami has also launched a series of online learning programs including mentorship sessions for young professionals facing challenges in the business world and an in depth course on to access more information about the relevance of Shabbat. Its plethora of amazing online resources, including videos and source materials on various Jewish topics is supported by a network of dedicated educators who are available across the globe. The organization is adapting daily to provide support and its impact will last well beyond this crisis.
Olami is a global community representing a united effort of organizations in over 320 locations around the world to secure an inspired, engaged and knowledgeable Jewish tomorrow.
With over 320 member organizations represented in 32 countries across the globe, Olami interacts with over 10,000 Jewish students and young professionals each year.