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 Maya and Naomi 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 Maya and Naomi'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 Ramat Gan, a city near Tel Aviv, with my mom, dad and two siblings.
Running, reading, spending time with friends.
I like the people of Israel and the variety of colorful cultures, and that although there are differences and disputes, there is still a mutual responsibility for one another, especially in difficult times. I like the fact that we are warm and welcoming, but also straight forward and have some “Israeli Chutzpah.”
I live with my parents, younger sister, and brother in Qiriat Ono (a suburb of Tel Aviv).
Meditative walks, art, reading, and working with children.
I think the most striking thing in Israel that I appreciate is the mutual commitment between people. I’m always amazed to learn how many people volunteer in different charities. If I’m in trouble, I know I can rely even on a stranger to help me. The natural warmth of people makes every encounter familiar, as if you’ve always known the person you just met on the bus.
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