Founded in 1902, it was the only religious movement to partner with the Zionist enterprise. Its name Mizrachi is a combination of two Hebrew words, Merkaz Ruchani – meaning a spiritual center. Mizrachi’s role was then and remains with vigor today, is to be a proactive partner and to take personal responsibility in contributing to the collective destiny of Klal Yisrael through a commitment to a holistic and inclusive Torah approach to life.
Whether it is between the spiritual and the secular, the Modern and the Orthodox, the Religious and the Zionist, the new and the old, the individual and the collective, the national and the universal, Israel and the diaspora, Mizrachi sees itself as a bridge to weave together all these values into a wholesome rich spiritual perspective and life. We are driven by our core values of the Torah, Land of Israel, People of Israel, with a commitment to the universal principles of Derech Eretz. The movement is currently led by Rabbi Doron Perez.
Bnei Akiva of the United States and Canada The Bnei Akiva movement is extremely thankful to the dedication of those parents who continue to show their confidence in the Religious Zionist movement as well as their allegiance to Eretz Yisrael. Since 1975, thousands of 10th graders have “explored Israel with a Tanach in hand, “ growing in dedication to the Torah, the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Bnei Akiva of the United States and Canada is part of the Bnei Akiva World Movement, whose headquarters are based in Jerusalem. It is the largest Zionist youth movement in the world, with branches in over 35 countries. In North America, there are ten branches from coast to coast. Bnei Akiva runs weekly Shabbat youth groups, activities, summer camps, and leadership training seminars educating toward the goal of promoting religious Zionism.
Torah MiTzion programs focus on creating personal connections between mentors and students. The personal connection is facilitated by a wide variety of formal and informal learning frameworks including one-on-one ‘Chavruta’ sessions, group learning, distance learning, and special programs for youth and adults. Emphasis is placed on maximizing opportunities to interact on the Sabbath and Jewish/Israeli holidays. This includes a wide array of learning forums such as lectures, services for youth (‘minyanim’), festive meals, and special programs.