Inspiring Progressive Jewish Knowledge in Tel Aviv – Jaffa
The Daniel Centers are committed to creating relevant learning opportunities for everyone in the community, regardless of age or prior knowledge of Jewish tradition. Our programs foster a stronger connection to Jewish heritage and identity and teach the modern relevance of religious practice. We place great emphasis on providing a warm learning environment to families and individuals, youth and adults and reconnecting participants to their Jewish heritage and faith in an atmosphere that promotes equality, pluralism, and freedom of thought. We offer learning experiences that, we believe, will lead to lifelong involvement in the Jewish community. These include:
- Beit Midrash (Medafdefim)– By blending traditional religious texts with modern perspectives, this program identifies intersections between our Jewish heritage and Israel’s modern, progressive lifestyle. Texts studied range from ancient Biblical, Talmudic, and Mishnaic writings to modern literature by Israeli novelists, poets, and philosophers. Through these rich and varied texts we create an authentic new voice, both deeply Jewish and genuinely Israeli.
- Senior Citizen Activities – We offer weekly lectures and outings to various cultural or nature sites. Our most popular program, A Taste of the Past, is operated in cooperation with the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality. In addition, we also offer a class called the Golden Age, a course in which study biblical text as well as modern Hebrew text and discuss modern and relevant issues such as: democracy, pluralism and women’s rights.
- Mother-Daughter Bat Mitzvah Program – This program provides an innovative and engaging learning experience for mothers and daughters, culminating in a group bat mitzvah ceremony.
- Weekly Parasha Study in Spanish – We hold a weekly Parasha group led by volunteers, as well as study group in Spanish once a month.
- Parshat Hashavua in English – We meet once a week to discuss the weekly Torah portion through a progressive and modern lens and build long-lasting connections between our Jewish heritage and selves in the 21st century.