Established in the year 2003 following a two-year mapping process which identified existing services and needs
Through its programs, Yotzer Or aims to promote a spirit of collective action and cooperation in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem, thereby creating a congregation that plays a greater role in both children’s education and also in family empowerment.
Yotzer Or is unique in that it addresses the needs of individuals at a public housing project area while creating a community centered around common interests, specifically in the areas of education, culture, identity and Judaism. This delicate interplay between both individuals’ needs and collective action facilitates significant empowerment and sustainable change in the neighborhood. Within six years Yotzer Or has successfully launched more than 15 long-term programs and has run numerous short-term activities. Yotzer or has also monthly congregational gatherings including Musical Kabalat Shabbat, Holiday celebrations, etc.