In the organization’s annual report, Tzohar Rabbis explain 2016 was a most successful year for its operations around Israel. The rabbis affiliated with the organization noticeably increased their activities to bring Yiddishkheit far and wide.
They opened a new Jewish Ethics Department, and finalized the prenuptial agreement that it feels should be used by couples getting married today. 900 of the couples assisted and/or married by Tzohar signed the prenuptial agreement.
Since the establishment of the organization in 1996, the group officials explain has been working to maintain the integrity of marriage in Israel. In 2016 the organization assisted 8,000 brides and bridegrooms as well as giving kallah classes to 3,200 non-religious women in addition to holding 400 meetings of kallah classes for religious kallahs. An additional 40 rabbonim and 40 kallah teachers were certified during the year as well.
Their “Roots” program managed to close the cases on 2,200 persons whose Jewishness was in question.
Regarding Yomim Tovim, their program increased as well with Purim events taking place in 2,500 area including a total of 58,000 people. This included reading Megillah and distributing baskets of goodies to participants.
Tzohar boasts that there were 8,500 participants in its Shavuos learning programs in 21 locals, as well as 40,000 participants in Rosh Hashanah minyanim and events held in 250 places nationwide. This included blowing shofar in shuls and parks, minyanim and limud.
Yom Kippur hosted 58,000 participants around the country including over 300 minyanim.
The organization’s bar mitzvah program addressed requests from 261 families.
Organization leaders express the hope that the current year will be accompanied by continued growth as they continue reaching out to assist the klall.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)