February 2017 -- Shevat-Adar 5777,  Volume 23, Issue 2

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Oshra Rosenberg

Emissary’s Goal is to Expose Community to the Diversity of Israel

By Stephen E. Lipken


Oshra Rosenberg, the shlicha based at Westchester Jewish Council (WJC), sponsored by UJA Federation of NY believes that being an Israeli emissary is a part of her Jewish journey, stating that her role is to work with synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, Day Schools, Hillels of Westchester and more.

Rosenberg, 36 is the third shlicha based at WJC, following shaliach Yoav Cohen and shlicha Yael Lewis.

“The support and connection of American Jewry to the State of Israel is essential,” Rosenberg stressed.  “In my opinion, this connection means having a better understanding and awareness of what is going on in Israel…to experience closeness, mutual concern and especially a belonging to the country.”

Born in Ramat HaSharon, Israel, Rosenberg decided to be a shlicha after spending a summer as a Camp Ramah Berkshires counselor in 2001. After her national Army service in Israel, Rosenberg took an intensive training session at Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) Seminar in July 2016 before coming to WJC in August.

“Since that summer I knew that I wanted to come back to a meaningful period of time as a shlicha: to work with Jewish communities in the USA, to get to know them better, understand their challenges and bring more knowledge, culture and love of Israel to the communities here.”

Currently a Senior Deputy in the Israel State Attorney’s Office, Oshra is a prosecutor, representing the State of Israel in all types of criminal proceedings and cases heard before the Supreme Court.  “I’m lucky because my job is being held [open] while I am here…The Ministry of Justice...encourages this move because of the importance of it, “Rosenberg stated.

Rosenberg said that her goal is to “expose people to the diversity of Israel with its Orthodox Jews; secular Jews; Bedouins; Druze, Haredi; Israel-Arabs, each having different religious and secular points of view.”

Oshra has organized significant community events, including Honor Week which she brought a delegation of wounded Israeli soldiers to Jewish Community Center of Harrison on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 and asked that people hold Sunday, April 15, 2018 open to celebrate Israel at 70.