ShinShinim are a select group of promising Israeli high school graduates who choose to defer their enlistments in the Israel Defense Forces so that they can spend a year as Israeli ambassadors in communities around the world
There's no more effective way to strengthen vital ties between Israel and our Jewish community than through authentic, interpersonal relationships with Israelis themselves.
The UJCVP is lucky to have Aya and Alma spending the year in the Hampton Roads region, sharing their energy and excitement. We thank the Tidewater Jewish community for partnering with us to make Aya and Alma's engagement with our community possible.
The ShinShinim will be at the UJCVP each week, learning and playing with our Sarfan Center students.
"I live in Kfar Saba, Israel with my parents, sisters, and my dog Sushi."
Tzofim (Israeli Scouts) fitness training, and spending time with family + friends.
I love the combination between old and new in the country. In Israel you can find in the same city old, historical, and preserved places next to new restaurants, museums, or malls. This mix between old and new makes Israel more unique and represents the idea of the importance of remembering the past for having a future.
"I live in Herzliya which is a city located right by Tel Aviv with my mom, dad, and two sisters."
Exercise, cooking, dance, and singing
Israel is a beautiful country. My family loves traveling and hiking and since I was very young, we travelled all through Israel. Though Israel is small it has different landscapes and I think it is amazing. Because of that we get to travel easily all year round.
Director of Education & Program Development
Camp Director & Preschool Assistant Director
Marketing & Communications Director
Libby Batten, MSW
Jewish Family Services Director
SCN Security Director