Kolot

Kolot
Program Name: 
Seven Pillars Jewish Identity Program
Grant Year: 
2013
Grant Type: 
Israel
Grant Amount: 
$150,000
Interest Area: 
Jewish Identity
Grant Purpose: 

Engage approximately 250 young influential leaders per year in an intensive study program built to strengthen their Jewish identity, guide their personal and professional lives, and provide them with the tools to impart the Jewish values learned on their constituents.

Description: 

Founded in 1997, Kolot seeks to expose Israeli leaders from all religious backgrounds to the importance of tikkun olam through the study of Jewish texts.  Its purpose is to increase Jewish literacy, allowing for teachings from the Torah to be relevant to modern day life.  At the core of Kolot’s philosophy is the belief that Torah study provides the impetus to create a cultural-social debate that is pluralistic, current and relevant.  Kolot has 1,800 graduates and close to 500 participants annually from cultural, academic, medical, public service, military, government and business backgrounds.

The Seven Pillars Jewish Identity Program will engage 225-250 young influential Israeli leaders per year in an intensive study program built to strengthen their Jewish identity and provide them with the necessary tools to use Jewish values to guide both their personal and professional lives and to impart these values on their constituents.  The program will target lay leaders, young professionals, medical professionals, business leaders, IDF leaders and public service senior managers with a curriculum focused on human equality, relationship to the other, relationship to the land of Israel, and repair and repentance.