The initiation of our partnership was funded by a generous grant by the UJA- Federation of New York Global Jewish Connections Initiative with other funds provided by Shaaray Tefila’s Sesquicentennial Fund and the Ohel Avraham- Leo Baeck Education Center. Currently our teen exchange program is supported by Shaaray Tefila funding and donations.
Our joint vision for this partnership is two congregations (Shaaray Tefila and Ohel Avraham) and two schools (Shaaray Tefila’s Religious School and Leo Baeck Education Center) whose members, students, and families are deeply and strongly connected to each other on a personal level and thereby develop stronger Jewish identities and live richer Jewish lives. Programming will include worship services, education, tikkun olam activities, and social interactions, and we will engage congregants of all ages. Our name for the partnership – “Gateways and Tents” – draws from the names of the two congregations: Shaaray Tefila (Gates of Prayer) and Ohel Avraham (Tent of Abraham).
“When we visit the U.S., we have a home and when you visit Israel, you have a home. That’s our relationship.”
Yoav, a teen from Ohel Avraham