On the evening after the last day of the Hanukkah festival, hundreds of Ami students from Tel-Aviv area gathered in Tel-Aviv for an uplifting Hanukkah party. The audio-visual performance “To be Jewish” was played by “Midreshet Ofra”.

Rav Chaim Drukman Shlit”a, Rosh Hayeshiva of Or Etzion, that heads Ami school was guest of honor together with Rav Yitzchak Peretz head of the Giyur courts, and Rav Eliyahu Ben-Dehan, deputy Minister of Religions.

Rav Yitzchak Peretz addressed the pupils and spoke about the certainty of belief in the almighty, whereas Rav Ben-Dahan discussed issues of promoting Giyur with a large group of Ami teachers from all of Israel assembled in a near by room. Rav Drukman delivered a fascinating insight on Conversion from Jewish eyes to the teachers.

Rav Ben-Nisan coordinator of private conversion addressing the students.
Rav Ben-Dahan stated that in the course of the last Knesset, many efforts where put in trying to make conversion achievable. “You are the answer”, he said to the teachers, “you are those who can make the process inviting”. 
סגן השר הרב אלי בן דהן עם מורי עמי
Rav Ben-Dehan with the teachers.
Carmi Ronen, manger of Ami, told the students that Hanukkah should be celebrated with an historic perspective, understanding its role in Jewish history, and it being, in essence, the first independence day. This is why we chose  the play “To be Jewish” that connects us to our past with a bright look forward.
הרב יצחק פרץ ראש מערך הגיור, בכנס חנוכה של עמי
Rav Tischak Peretz at the occasion
Naftali Knadler, CEO of Or Etzion Institutions, was happy to see the growth of Ami, an Or Etzion institution. “I’m happy to take part in this process part of the redemption of the Jewsih people.