The Torah MiTzion movement strives to inter-connect and inspire world Jewry through Torah-centered Religious-Zionism by offering various models designed to reach and impact the Jewish people at both the communal and personal levels.
Torah MiTzion was established in 1995 with the goal of strengthening Jewish communities around the globe and infusing them with the love for Torah, the Jewish People and for the State of Israel. Torah MiTzion strives to impact Jewish communities by creating Torah study centers, empowering youth leadership, creating strong bonds to the State of Israel, and by exemplifying an inspiring model of commitment to both Judaism and Zionism.
Torah MiTzion programs focus on creating personal connections between mentors and students by facilitating a wide variety of formal and informal learning frameworks including one-on-one 'Chavruta' sessions, group learning, distance learning and special programs for youth and adults. There is special emphasis placed on maximizing opportunities to interact on the Sabbath and Jewish/Israeli holidays. This includes a wide array of learning forums such as lectures, services for youth ('minyanim'), festive meals, and special programs.
Over the past seventeen years, Torah MiTzion has recruited, trained and dispatched close to one thousand 'shlichim' to Jewish communities in countries spanning five continents.
Torah MiTzion shlichim quickly become an integral part of their host communities. Their love of Judaism, Torah and Israel is contagious and a source of inspiration for all who participate in their formal and informal educational activities. Torah MiTzion shlichim serve as a personal example of a generation of Israelis who are committed to both their Judaism and to serving their country and defending their people.
Upon completing intensive training, the shlichim arrive 'plug and play' ready to initiate and direct educational activities, one-on-one (chavruta) study sessions with members of the community, lecturing, teaching in the local Jewish day schools, conducting Shabbat and Holiday services and programs, sharing Shabbat meals, teaching Ivrit, conducting youth activities and more…
Torah MiTzion works closely with host communities in order to provide a team that is matched to meet the needs and dynamics of the community. The shlichim are carefully selected graduates from pre-army training academies and the finest Hesder Yeshivot where advanced study is combined with Israeli army service, usually combat duty. The candidates must fulfill rigorous acceptance criteria, including previous experience in teaching and informal Jewish education. The bachurim from Israel for a period of one or two years to serve as role models of the kipah seruga (knitted kippa) generation of Religious Zionism, balancing between safra v'sayfa (book and sword) and performing both midrash u'ma'aseh (study and action).
The 'Rosh Kollel' positions are filled by scholars with leadership qualities who have chosen education as a career. Often the wives of the Rosh Kollel are Torah scholars in their own right as well as professional educators.
Torah MiTzion offers various program models in order to meet the changing needs and differing make-ups of Jewish communities worldwide:
Kollel Tzioni, our flagship Shlichut service, is entering its eighteenth year of operation. The Kollel is typically comprised of at least one couple including a Rosh Kollel together with four 'bachurim' (scholars who have completed their army service). Through Torah study, teaching and outreach, Torah MiTzion shlichim are able to impart their love for learning, for the State of Israel, and for their fellow Jew to all ages (from school children to golden-agers) in their host communities. The Kollel model is designed to reinforce Zionist Jewish identity and strengthen Torah knowledge among all sectors of the Jewish community.
Beit Midrash Kehilati:
The Beit Midrash (community learning center) is a model generally utilized by smaller communities employing a married couple to serve together as shlichim to teach, strengthen and inspire their 'host community'. Based on the needs of the community and its resources, the Beit Midrash model may accommodate additional 'shlichim'.
Midreshet Bnot Tzion:
Midreshet Bnot Tzion is a new emerging model of shlichut that utilizes Religious Zionist's new treasure of 'talmidot chachamot', graduates from Israel's finest Midrashot, as role models and educators in Jewish communities abroad.
Torah MiTzion offers short-term programs designed to deliver maximum impact within a short period of time. These models include month long programs relating to specific 'busy' periods on the Jewish calendar (Tishrei, Nissan-Iyar) and are tailored to the specific requirements of the community.
Torah MiTzion has access to some of the finest Religious Zionist scholars in Israel today, many having served as Torah MiTzion shlichim at an earlier point in their career. Various models are available including Sabbath lectures, facilitation of retreat programs, participation in symposiums and lecture series, community centers, schools, campuses, etc..
On-line classes and lectures: LILMOD program
LILMOD is a web-based service offering access to quality Religious Zionist education on-line guaranteeing Jewish continuity and learning regardless of where one lives. LILMOD's faculty includes highly popular educators - male and female, including former Torah MiTzion shlichim. The majority of the faculty are Israel-based and the program is offered in multiple languages.
LILMOD has proven to offer a reliable medium with which to deliver educational content in a fully interactive environment without delays during session transmissions.
LILMOD enables Torah MiTzion to maintain strong connections between past shlichim and their former host communities and perpetuate the close relationships forged during the shlichut.