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Israeli Scholars in Residence

January 23, 2023
Presentations at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
In-Person at the Goldstein Community Engagement Venue
Staenberg Omaha JCC

Through the coordinating efforts of Rabbi Yoni Dryer of Beth Israel, Omaha will host Artist and Scribe Jaimie Shear and Rabbi Benjy Myers, two Israeli scholars from the OTS Amiel BaKehila program.

1:00 – 2:00 pm  |  “Life, Sandwiches and rumbling Walls: Torah and Avodah”
Presenter: Rabbi Benjy Myers

7:00 – 8:00 pm  |  “Judaic Scribal and Kaballah Art”

Presenter: Artist and Scribe Jaimie Shear

Rabbi Myers and Mr. Shear are part of the Ohr Torah Stone (OTS Stone) movement in Israel committed to illuminating authentic Torah Judaism relevant to contemporary life. OTS Amiel BaKehila program received funding from Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. This specific program is geared toward empowering Jewish communities around the world through Jewish education, Israel engagement and Jewish Arts and Culture. Omaha is one of many locations throughout the United States in which they will be presenting.

More information about OTS Amiel BaKehila HERE.

Rabbi Myers is a native of the UK, spending his teenage years in London and other parts of his childhood in Israel and Australia. He and his wife, Ayelet, made Aliyah in 2000. He holds a degree in Jewish Studies from the London School of Jewish Studies (University of London), a teaching diploma from the Herzog Teachers’ Training College and Semicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.

Jamie Shear has been creating hand-written Hebrew scrolls on parchment to the highest standards of Jewish law, tradition and aesthetics for thirty years. He also fuses the ancient craft of the quill with a unique perspective to create art that adorns, signifies, and commemorates. He adds beauty to classic texts like the Ketubah, illuminating them using an array of mediums and artistic techniques. Jamie’s main focus in art is that of micrography, the art of creating elaborate designs wing the quill to form letters. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Jamie has been living in Jerusalem with his family since 2005.