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

  • Chagim in Oklahoma

    by Shiri Achiasaf-West There is something in the air during the Chagim – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah – some sense of a new, refreshing start, festiveness, and holiness. I happened to spend Rosh Hashanah this year in Israel. As much as I truly love Oklahoma, I always miss the feeling in the Continue Reading

  • My Plans for 5776

    by Shiri Achiasaf West Did you know that it has been two whole years of my being this community’s Shlicha?? It has indeed! I remember the week I came here “just to try it out.” It was in May, and I was here the week of Rabbi Sherman’s goodbye party at Temple Israel. I was Continue Reading

  • Summer Shilihim Farewell

    Summer Shlichim Bid Farewell by Shiri Achiasaf-West Tulsa was privileged once again to welcome two Summer Shlichim (emissaries) into our community to work at Camp Shalom. Or Avraham and Shir Halevi spent the summer as part of our camp community, working with our staff to bring Israel a little closer to us all. Our talented Continue Reading

  • Tulsa Family Mifgash Goes to Israel

    by Shiri Achiasaf-West This summer marked an important milestone for the Tulsa Jewish community – the family mifgash (encounter) to Israel in June. I was honored to lead the following families on this trip to visit Israel this summer: Howard, Marie and Gabriel Berkson; Jennifer and Lyla Jacobs; Seth, Dedra and Emily Lapidus; Starr Levin-Johnson Continue Reading

  • Israeli Shorts: Movie Night

    Israeli Shorts: Movie Night• Thurs., Aug. 13 • 7-9 p.m. • See award-winning films from the Ma’aleh School of Film in Jerusalem. Babysitting with children’s movie available. No charge for this event, but please RSVP to Shiri at 918.495.1100 or by Aug. 11.

  • Thoughts about the Israel Connection

    by Shiri Achiasaf West Lately I have been confessing in various occasions: true, I have an agenda. Funny thing is that it’s not even hidden, first because whoever has known me for five minutes can probably testify that I am open with my thoughts. Second, because I am actually hired to do what I am Continue Reading

  • Israeli Shorts & A Swim

      Israeli Shorts and a Swim • Thurs., July 9 • 7 p.m. • Cool off at the pool and stay to enjoy The Best of Israeli Short Films from Ma’aleh School of Film in Jerusalem. Created in 1989 for the Modern Orthodox community’s students, the Ma’ale school is unique in its connection between the film Continue Reading

  • Israel at 67

    by Shiri Achiasaf West At precisely 8 p.m. on May 14, the Israeli flag was lifted once again to high mast and the State of Israel went immediately from grief to joy, to mark 67 years since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. On top of Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, the annual Continue Reading

  • The Young and the Restless

    by Shiri Achiasaf West Every year it seems that the Teen Mifgash gets better, touches more aspects of the life here in Tulsa. Each year it seems as though the experience is becoming more and more meaningful, not only for the teens on both sides of the ocean, but also for the entire community and Continue Reading

  • 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