About BINA

BINA – The Jewish Movement for Social Change

BINA combines Jewish learning, social action and community building, through the design and implementation of cultural, social and educational programs that reach over 50,000 Israelis and Jews from all over the world every year, with the goal of enhancing the cultural identity and communal involvement of Israelis. While our range of activities is diverse, all of our programs work together to serve our mission of strengthening Israel as a democratic, pluralistic and just society, enhancing Jewish and Israeli identity, particularly among non-orthodox Israelis. BINA’s combination study/service programs focus on young adults – today’s agents of change, tomorrow’s leaders – with the aim of inspiring a lifelong appreciation of textual study and a heightened sense of social justice.

 

BINA is the leading organization at the intersection of Jewish Pluralism & Social Action in Israel. BINA strives to strengthen Israel as a democratic pluralistic society, by emphasizing Judaism as a culture, through Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (“repair the world” in Hebrew). BINA means “wisdom” in Hebrew and it is also an acronym in Hebrew for “a workshop for the soul of the nation”: A phrase coined by Hebrew poet Chaim Nachman Bialik.

BINA’s Story

In 1996, BINA was established 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 value of “Torah that leads to action,” 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. Jewish inheritance belongs to all of us, and BINA has sought to bridge the gap of alienation between secular Israelis and their own Jewish heritage, with an understanding that no one can hold a monopoly on Judaism. Over the past decade, BINA has established many programs to help secular Israelis, as well as Jews from all over the world, take ownership of their own Jewish identities and enrich their lives with meaningful Jewish content.
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. The world’s first Secular Yeshiva was established in 2006, the Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva was created in 2011 and the Beer Sheva Secular Yeshiva opened its doors in October 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.

What we do?

International Programs

BINA runs numerous programs that bring together Israeli and Diaspora Jews, promoting a sense of Jewish Peoplehood through pluralistic Jewish learning and social action.

Public Schools

BINA is one of the leaders in promoting pluralistic Jewish education in the Secular (Mamlachti) school system throughout Israel. BINA's focus is on teacher education and student enrichment.

IDF

Since 2010, BINA has led Jewish pluralism programs in the Israeli Defense Forces such as: Seminars, Workshops, Shabbat programs, and more. BINA is one of the first and few non-orthodox organizations in Israel to lead Jewish identity, Jewish learning, and Shabbat programs in the IDF.

Social Action

BINA in the Neighborhood ("BINA Bashchuna") aims to revitalize and empower underprivileged communities in Israel, inspired by Jewish pluralistic values and Tikkun Olam.

Special Projects

We Declare, Havaya Israeli Ceremonies, Bat Mitzvah Project, Special Partners & Friends, and more...

Asylum Seekers in Israel

Read BINA's Statement and Action Plan for African Asylum Seekers
in Israel.

BINA Secular Yeshiva Network

The BINA Secular Yeshiva is the only non-orthodox institute of its kind in Israel today. Over 500 young adults from Israel and all over the world, study Jewish texts and Jewish culture intensively from sources ranging from the Bible and Gemara to classic Israeli literature and Zionist history.

Eran Baruch

Executive Director of BINA

BINA is the place where I can express my Jewishness in the most full and challenging way."

Eran Baruch, a proud redhead, was born and raised in the cooperative Israeli moshav Beit-Zait. In 1985 he joined the army and served in the combat unit Golani as a company commander. In 1992 Eran spent three years in Budapest, Hungary as an emissary for the Jewish Agency. Eran has held several positions at BINA, including Educational Director and Rosh Yeshiva. He is the initiator of BINA’s social action program (“BINA BaShchuna”) and the founder of BINA’s Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. Currently he serves as BINA's Executive Director. Eran holds a BA in Humanities and an MA from Bar-Ilan University in Hermeneutics. He lives in Srigim located in the Valley of Elah with his wife and three children.

eran@bina.org.il +972.3.5342997

Noga Brenner Samia

Deputy Director of BINA

BINA means 'Home for the Creation of a Nation's Soul'...for me it just means 'home'."

Noga was raised both in New York and Netanya. After serving as a sergeant in the IDF, Noga attained a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, an MBA at Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Pluralistic Jewish Education from HUC/Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She worked in the military and the pharmaceutical industries in finance, sales and marketing. In 2005, Noga joined KolDor, a global network of young Jewish leaders promoting Jewish Peoplehood, as executive director. She is currently Deupty Director at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and a teacher at the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. She is the founder of a Jewish renewal community in Tel-Mond, where she lives with her husband and three children.

noga@bina.org.il +972.52.2751577

Nir Braudo

Head of the Secular Yeshiva Network, BINA Deputy Director

Danger! Construction Zone!! At BINA we are building the 2nd floor of the Zionist idea. The Renaissance of the Jewish culture, ongoing struggle for social justice and the love of all mankind are our building materials."

Nir Braudo was born in 1977 in Kiriyat Ono. He did a year of pre-army service with the Noar HaOved in Bet Shean. He served as an officer in the Nahal and currently serves as a Major in the reserves. Nir is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University's department of Hebrew literature. Nir initiated and coordinated the “Din Rodef Shalom” campaign prior to the disengagement from Gaza. He was a permanent guest on Y-Net and on Chanel 10’s Torah Portion program for children. Nir is a member of the founding committee of the Secular Yeshiva in Tel-Aviv, and is now head of the Yeshiva and teacher there. He founded the Beer Sheva branch of BINA and was the director of BINA’s Social Action program (BINA BaShchuna) in Beer Sheva and Tel-Aviv. Previously he served as central shaliach for the WZO in the USA. Nir lives in Tel-Aviv with his wife and two children.

nir@bina.org.il +972.3.639.9127