Founded in 1975, Shefa is the umbrella organization for all of Rabbi Even-Israel Steinsaltz’s institutes and publications. True to its name, which means abundance in Hebrew, the main purpose of Shefa is to promote and implement the Rabbi’s vision of “Let My People Know” according to which, Jewish knowledge shall be made accessible to more and more people around the world.
Shefa’s headquarters are located in the Steinsaltz Center in Jerusalem, which is the heart and soul of Rabbi Steinsaltz’s worldwide activities and initiatives. Inaugurated in 2003, the Center provides a permanent home for the Rabbi’s educational and scholarly initiatives, as well as a locale in which laymen and future scholars alike can study the teachings and methodology of the Rabbi.
The Center houses the Rabbi’s personal library, a Beit Midrash (study hall), lecture hall and classrooms along with the Rabbi’s offices, collected archives, and research institutes. The Center is the focal point and fulcrum for Jewish learning. It is the dynamo that brings into focus all of Rabbi Steinsaltz’s extraordinary vision and creativity to “Let My People Know”.
British Friends of Rabbi Steinsaltz
British Friends of Rabbi Steinsaltz (BFRS) works to spread the Rabbi’s message of Jewish unity and coexistence through the United Kingdom. The teachings of Rabbi Steinsaltz serve as an educational springboard to encourage people from across the spectrum of British Jewry to deepen their connection to Jewish life and heritage. In addition, BFRS promotes awareness of the Rabbi’s vital work throughout the world and raises funds for his educational institutions in Israel and the former Soviet Union.
BFRS coordinates the Steinsaltz Book Club to make the works of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz accessible to the residents of the UK. They oversee the local promotion and sales of the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud, both in English and in Hebrew, along with the numerous other books the Rabbi has published on Jewish thought and observance.
Rabbi Steinsaltz remains personally involved in the organization, traveling to the UK several times a year to visit different communities and participate in programs like Jewish Book Week and the Jewish Association for Business Ethics. He has also spoken at academic institutions throughout the UK, including Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
The highlight of BFRS programming is the annual tribute dinner, at which Rabbi Steinsaltz engages in a public dialogue with a prominent figure from intellectual or civic life. The dinner provides the British Friends of Rabbi Steinsaltz with the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the Rabbi’s unparalleled wisdom and ability to develop insight from all scholarly disciplines.
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