The Shlichut Program

Shlichut Program – Your Israel Connection

Shiri Achiasaf West  is the Shlicha for the Jewish and Tulsa community. CAM00248

The Shlichut program meets the interest of both Jews and non-Jews about Israel through a variety of outreach efforts.

  • Lectures and presentations in churches, civic organizations, universities, public and private schools throughout Oklahoma.
  • Teaching courses at the Institute of Adult Jewish Studies and Midrasha.
  • Making presentations in the Jewish community, including Congregation B’nai Emmunah, Temple Israel, and the CSJCC’s Retired Men’s Club.
  • Participating in special events, most notably, ShalomFest, KidsWorld, and the International Fair at Tulsa Community College.
  • Numerous cultural and educational community events. These include the Israeli Scholar-in-Residence program.

Interested in information about Israel?
Contact Shiri ~ 918.495.1100 or at


Schlihut Notes and Notables

  • Festival Israel – 2015

    Plan now to attend this special celebration in honor of Israel’s Independence Day—featuring Calliope Youth Circus, drum & dance circle, Israeli food, jewelry & art vendors, carnival games, film marathon, musicians from Sovev Kinneret & the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, and pita making station. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Noon-2:00 p.m. | Food, Carnival Games & Vendors 2:00-2:30 p.m. | Continue Reading

  • P2G Visits Israel

    by Drew Diamond, Executive Director The Jewish Federation of Tulsa Partnership2Gether (P2G) leadership team—Shlicha Shiri West, Israel Committee Chairperson Jennifer Paxton, committee members Mark Lobo and Gyla Carter and myself— began 2015 with a partnership meeting in Israel. Our team met with our Israeli colleagues, as well as our counterparts from Milwaukee, WI, Madison, WI, Continue Reading

  • Salon Review – Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land

        Salon Review: My Promised Land by Ari Shavit • Tue., Jan. 27 • 7 p.m. • CSJCC• Ari Shavit’s New York Times Bestseller is an authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today. Join the Tulsa Jewish Continue Reading

  • From Ethiopia to the Promised Land – How Women Achieve Glory in Israel

    Special Lecture: Pnina’s Journey – From Ethiopia to the Promised Land – How Women Achieve Glory in Israel• Sun., Jan. 11 • 6 p.m. • Sylvan Auditorium • Please join us for a special lecture by Pnina Agenyahu, Jewish Agency Emissary to Washington DC. Pnina has extensive experience in public speaking and teaching. She was an Continue Reading

  • Israel Statement of Support

    The Jewish Federation of Tulsa condemns the Islamic terrorist attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem, and would like to reiterate its support for Israel as a Jewish State. We are appalled by the repeated terrorist religious attacks occurring in Jerusalem and across Israel. Three of the rabbis killed carried dual American-Israeli citizenship, and Continue Reading

  • Special One Night Only Concert: Idan Raichel

    Please join us for a special, one night performance of Idan Raichel, a multi-ethnic tour de force that changed the face of Israeli popular music. The Project enchants audiences with entrancing fusions sung in Hebrew, Arabic and the Ethiopian languages of Amharic and Tigrit. Their latest album, Quarter To Six, has garnered international praise for Continue Reading

  • Route 66 Celebrates Israel at 66

      Come join this free, community-wide, family celebration tracing the connection of our iconic highway all the way to Israel! Author, noted Route 66 historian, and biographer Michael Wallis will share some history of the “Mother Road” and how in Israel’s 66th year as a nation, the love and lore of Route 66 has traveled Continue Reading

  • Firsthand Account – Israel Under Attack

    Dear Friends and Partners, This morning, on the 21st day of “Operation Protective Edge”, we were informed that ten additional soldiers have lost their lives in one of the most difficult days we have seen during this operation in the Gaza Strip. Although the battles are taking place in the south and the echoes of Continue Reading

  • Saturday in Toronto by Louis Davidson

    Saturday, July 26, 2014. My wife, Ronnie, and I are in Toronto, Canada to photograph synagogues. Of course, today being Shabbat we’re not doing that. Instead, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch and a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario. As we ambled back to our hotel, our way was suddenly blocked by a marching Continue Reading

  • Stop the Sirens – Operation Protective Edge

    Tulsa’s Jewish Community Response Sirens continue to sound over Israel, giving Israeli families just minutes–sometimes only seconds–to scramble for shelter. After rejecting an attempted cease fire, Hamas continues to unleash hundreds of rockets targeting Israeli civilians. As a united community here in Tulsa, we can’t silence the blare of the alarms, but we can try Continue Reading