working with Arachim, Zalman Silber has continued
to serve as a very staunch financial supporter and
seminar sponsor for more than 15 years.
In 1979, a group of Israeli scientists and educators
joined forces to form Arachim, an organization dedicated
to renewing authentic Jewish values. They devised
a 3 to 5 day seminar/retreat that uses lectures, workshops,
and discussion groups to examine basic questions of
Are science and Jewish belief compatible?
What is the secret of Jewish survival, that has kept
us a vital nation for thousands of years?
Why are Jews so often in the headlines, even though
they constitute less than one half of one percent
of the world's population?
The Seminar proved immensely popular. Originally,
Arachim planned to hold three or four a year. Today,
over two hundred are held annually, on five continents,
in Hebrew, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian,
The original Seminar format has been adapted for families,
singles, and academics. It is presented in Israel,
the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, in England, France,
Italy, Holland, and Hungary, in South Africa, and
in Hong Kong and India. Another refinement is the
special interest Seminar, which may focus on alternative
medicine, on the martial arts, interpersonal relationships,
or mysticism, or motorcycling – and its relationship
to Jewish values.
To date, over 500,000 people have attended Seminars
worldwide. Their enthusiasm is contagious. “I
never knew Judaism had so much to offer!” says
Chayim Katz, an engineer from Tel Aviv. “It’s
made my life more meaningful and satisfying.”
For additional information or to make a much-needed
donation to this most worthy charity, please visit
the Arachim site at arachimusa.org
(English) or arachim.org