The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester announced the launch of the ShinShinim program in Rochester.
ShinShinim — a Hebrew acronym for Shnat Sherut, or “year of service” — are among brightest of Israel’s recent high school graduates who defer army service for one year to serve as Israel emissaries in communities around the world.
In August, four ShinShinim will arrive in Rochester to volunteer, engage people of all ages with Israel and bring Israeli culture to life. They will live with host families in the community, learning more about American life and creating lasting bonds.
“We are thrilled to bring four amazing young Israeli adults to Rochester through the ShinShinim program,” said Meredith Dragon, federation CEO. “Over the years, Rochester has developed a vibrant relationship with our partner city of Modi’in, and these young adults will further deepen that connection.”
The ShinShinim will bring their talents, enthusiasm, love of Israel, and fresh perspectives to Jewish and secular institutions in the Rochester community through educational lessons, presentations, arts and music with community members of all ages. They will serve as informal educators and facilitators at area synagogues, public schools and Jewish day schools, the Louis S. Wolk JCC and youth movements.
“I am excited about this unique person-to-person program and the opportunity it will give members of the Rochester community to gain an enhanced understanding of life in Israel,” said Michal Spivak, director of Israel programming at the Jewish Federation.
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