Founded in 1975, Shefa is the
umbrella organization for all of Rabbi Even-Israel Steinsaltz's
institutes and publications. True to its name, which means abundance in Hebrew,
the main purpose of Shefa is to promote and implement the Rabbi’s vision of
"Let My People Know” according to which, Jewish knowledge shall be made
accessible to more and more people around the world.
Shefa with its worldwide representatives including the Aleph Society, manages
all of the Rabbi’s activities, including: publication of the Rabbi's writings
and teachings; establishing educational programs and centers; and the
administration and finance ofa network of institutions. Each office
coordinates the local publication and distribution of Rabbi Steinsaltz's books
and articles, sponsors speaking tours and classes by the Rabbi and is charged
with fundraising efforts. Shefa hosts a comprehensive website with dynamic
content including videos of lectures, articles, news, and interactive study
Shefa's headquarters are located
in the Steinsaltz Center in Jerusalem, which is the heart and soul of Rabbi
Steinsaltz's worldwide activities and initiatives. Inaugurated in 2003, the
Center provides a permanent home for the Rabbi's educational and scholarly
initiatives, as well as a locale in which laymen and future scholars alike can
study the teachings and methodology of the Rabbi.
The Center houses the Rabbi's
personal library, a Beit Midrash (study hall), lecture hall and
classrooms along with the Rabbi's offices, collected archives, and research
institutes. The Center is the focal point and fulcrum for Jewish learning. It
is the dynamo that brings into focus all of Rabbi Steinsaltz's extraordinary
vision and creativity to "Let My People Know".
SHEFA – Current projects include:
and Publishing the remaining volumes of the Talmud in English and French.
and digitizing the entire Hebrew Talmud
full commentary by the Rabbi on the entire Tanach (Bible)
edition of the entire Mishna
"Mishnn Torah" in a new edition
based education and learning material
the growth of Rabbi Steinsaltz's schools and educational programs.
•Forming a higher Education
institution for Judaism studies
• Building a web based Archive of the
The Matanel Foundation -
Granted to Give
The Matanel Foundation is a
philanthropic foundation whose mission is to further justice and equality in
The Matanel Foundation partners
munificently with Shefa and Rabbi Steinsaltz to ensure that the extraordinary
and prolific work of the Rabbi reaches people all over the world.
In partnership with Rabbi
Steinsaltz, Shefa and Matanel your gift will help illuminate the lives of
people everywhere - through the phenomenal and monumental new works by Rabbi