The the largest cultural institution in Israel is home to the world's most extensive collection of biblical and Holy Land archeology.
In 1978, Rabbi Michael "Mickey" Rosen founded Yakar in London, subsequently establishing branches in Jerusalem (1992) and Tel Aviv (2007). His goal was to create a religious and cultural study center, complete with an independent synagogue in the form of a "20th century shtiebel," which the organization defines as "a place for spiritual quest, authentic learning and questioning, and connection between people around a deep exploration of Judaism."
Today, Yakar's two centers (the London location ceased operations in 2008) remain committed to fulfilling this mission. Through educational programs and community-building events, Yakar embodies the vision that engagement with Judaism must extend beyond the walls of a synagogue, and it must be grounded in everyday lived social and political realities. At its core, Yakar strives to maintain an environment where every person is encouraged to seek religious understanding and inspiration in all of its complexities, in their own way, based on their own individual backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs.
Tel Aviv Programming (Yakar Foundation)