Following the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, Jews felt the need to relocate to a safer sanctuary and left Iran for western countries particularly North America en mass. A large number of families settled in Los Angeles. This mass exodus came in haste and the community was unprepared to replant itself with the right social and educational infrastructure to guarantee and protect the future of its members from dangers lurking on every corner of the new land. Yachad Kollel & Outreach Center was funded in year 1998 for the goal of reaching out to the members of the community to educate and enrich their lives in all walks of life, be it students, young professionals or families. All these for the purpose of guaranteeing a bright future for our community. Opportunities for exploring Jewish heritage and literature are offered through one-on-one study sessions, youth groups, singles gatherings, office lunch-and-learn programs, marriage and parenting workshops and many more weekly classes and activities.
Rabbi Cohens Help start Jewbnb. A program which allows young professionals to take ownership over Shabbat by inviting their friends. His last event on Cinco De Mayo had over 65 ppl!
This past winter Rabbi David Cohen, took 7 UCLA Pre Med Students to Baltimore. The students were involved in a custom made research program at John Hopkins which will hopefully be published soon( this is program is a project JYP ) . They were given classes by Medical experts and advised on how to better their Medical School applications. The students also took classes in Jewish Medical Ethics.at the famous Ner Yisroel Yeshiva.
The internship provides for an atmosphere to assists with careers, within a yeshiva atmosphere. Lakewood: One student for six weeks Baltimore/D.C./Ner Yisroel: Two male student and one female student for 6 weeks & one male student has been there for a year learning weekly at the Yeshiva. Rabbi Quinn Summer Program: One male student in LA Winter 2017: This winter 7 students are embarking on the Ner Yisroel/John Hopkins Research Program.
In the past year, Rabbi Dovid Cohen has organized right under 10 large events, trips, & fellowships. He is one of our great influential leaders for the young professionals.
The continuing partnership of Yachad and STAR has brought the light of Torah to Pali High students with the help of Rabbi Yitzchak Sachai. Approximately 75 students come together to connect with each other and learn about their Jewish heritage. Students are treated to a free lunch, followed by brief food for soul on Jewish philosophy. A question and answer session follows. For some of these students, it is their first-ever connection to Judaism! Through these Youth clubs, Yachad is able to reach hundreds of students per year.
Yachad’s Executive Learning Program provides Torah classes in offices all around town: Downtown Los Angeles in the Fashion & Jewelry District, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills. And Recently the advent of the center for our educational staff at the Diamond District in the 550 Hill Street building. This dynamic program was established By Rabbi Shemtov Yachads’s executive director as a response to a tremendous thirst for learning and knowledge within our community. For those who do not have time to come to Yachad motivating Torah classes are brought directly to them in their workplace. The program has now grown to include other Rabbis as teachers: Rabbi Aryeh and Rabbi Shlomo Zargari.
Most recently, under the leadership of Rabbi David Cohen, 20 young professionals returned from breathtaking Brazil with a story to tell. At the Olami Summit, 60 groups presented in front of 1,000 people, and our students won second place, securing a $20,000 grant! Mazal tov!
For the past five summers Rabbi Cohen has taken 40 + students to Israel. Theses trips strengthen their ties to our Holy land while piquing their interest in Judaism .
R. Dovid Cohen in conjunction with AishLa took 25 students on an intense week long journey to Poland to experience first hand the history of the Holocaust and former sites of Jewish life and culture.
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