Project Focus: BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture
BINA means "wisdom" in Hebrew and is also Hebrew acronym for “A Home for the Creation of a Nation's Soul”. BINA was established in 1996, as a response to the breakdown in public trust and unity during the aftermath of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. At that time, a diverse group of educators and intellectuals from the Kibbutz Movement recognized the yearning of secular Israelis, especially young adults, not only to express their shock and grief that such an act could have happened in the name of Jewish values, but also to seek meaning of their Jewish roots that related to their own lives and their vision of Israel. Based on the Jewish concept of “Torah that leads to action,” (talmud ha'mevi lidei ma'ase) BINA has created opportunities to explore Jewish values and texts in a pluralistic Israeli setting as a path towards individual growth, leadership development, empowerment, and positive change in Israeli society.
In 2001, BINA's social action and young leadership program "BINA Bashchuna" was established. In 2005, BINA’s Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv-Jaffa MASA Program for international Jewish young adults began. BINA and the world’s first Secular Yeshiva was established in Tel Aviv in 2006, the Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva was created in 2011, and the Beer Sheva Yeshiva in 2015. Over the years, BINA has grown and developed in response to changes in Israeli society, yet our vision of a just and pluralistic Israel and our commitment to Jewish study and action have remained steadfast.
Today BINA is one of the largest and fastest-growing organizations at the intersection of Jewish pluralism and social action in Israel. BINA strives to strengthen Israel as a just and pluralistic society by emphasizing Judaism as a culture and Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world). BINA works to achieve this mission through combining limud (Jewish study) with ma'ase (social action), and cultivating new communities of Jewish and Israeli leadership committed to pluralism, democracy, and the betterment of Israel and the Jewish people. BINA’s award winning service-learning programs, based out of our Secular Yeshiva campuses in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Beer Sheva, bring together hundreds of young adults from across Israel and the Jewish world each year. BINA designs and implements educational courses, seminars, workshops, events, and community programs that reach over 30,000 individuals from Israel and around the world every year.
For more information, please contact:
Director of International Communication
From USA/Canada: 1 (847) 920-8641
Our Website: www.bina.org.il
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