Humans of Netivot



Humans of Netivot is an exciting initiative sparked by the experience of Shabbat Netivot Byachad. Everyone has a story to share. As we get to know members of our special Netivot community more closely, our kehilah will be connected, comfortable and stronger.

  • “I really like connecting with people. I’m empathetic, and I like helping people. I became a psychologist because it is a ‘helping profession,’ but I also like the challenge of it. I do assessments for Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and often it is a puzzle. I like the challenge of figuring it out,”[…]

  • “You really don’t remember what your business results were on a certain brand 10 years ago. At the time it was all encompassing… but when I look back, what I do remember and what I hope people remember, is the way I impacted them, the way I made them feel. For[…]

  • “The music room in school was a safe space. I was part of a community; music allowed me to be an individual but also a part of a team. There’s something for everyone in music. Listening, playing, talking about it – it will impact everyone. Music livens their senses…It did that for me.[…]

  • Immigrating alone to Toronto “the land of opportunities” at the age of 17, Alex Katz’s life’s journey has demonstrated that resilience, perseverance and the kindness of a Jewish community can make all the difference. Shortly after arriving in Canada, he rented a small, cheap apartment in old Parkdale (west end of[…]

  • “As a person who has been brought up amongst a very conservative society, it is not so easy to come out of it and think differently. But I slowly accept it, and I am a forward thinker.” On her mother’s side of the family, Padmaja Bharath is the highest educated and qualified among[…]

  • “Studying pays off. If you don’t study and you don’t do well, you’re not going to feel good about yourself. You know you could have done more and you know you could have placed better. If you studied hard and you didn’t get all the answers right, you still know you put in the time[…]

  • “Being injured in war in an IDF uniform gives you a sense of the sacrifice of so many people in history; you’re part of a huge chain and story. It’s very impactful. We learn about this in school, but it’s not the same as going through it yourself. I feel my connection to[…]

  • “There are a million rules that dictate where to place your hands in space, what you do with your eyebrows, how you move your mouth – your mouth is for your adverbs. When someone is speaking English, use of expressions, idioms, double negatives etc. often means that what someone says is not always[…]

  • “This [Netivot HaTorah] is something that is a part of us! We were the pioneers, and we are still involved 37 years later! We were young and naive but we were idealistic.” In the early 1980s, Rabbi Elliott Diamond, Mrs. Rochelle Diamond and a small group of friends felt strongly about wanting to[…]

  • “People think my work is sad, and it’s true that the stories are heartbreaking, but I don’t feel sad about my work. I feel privileged to help empower clients to develop their own skills and resilience, knowing that when they have challenges, they will have the tools to help themselves. When they come back for[…]