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The Shinshinim Program

A Shinshin is an 18-year-old Israeli emissary who defers their army service for one year to volunteer in Jewish communities abroad with the goal of educating people of all ages about Israel and Israeli culture. They teach about Israel through creative programs and challenging discussions, bringing an authentic Israel experience to the community they serve.

The Shinshinim program is a partnership between the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and four local congregations: B’nai Amoona Congregation, Kol Rinah, Congregation Shaare Emeth, and United Hebrew Congregation.

The first Shinshinim to our community, Gal Roberman and Yuval Cohen, arrived to St. Louis in August 2017 and worked in our community through the end of summer 2018. The second cohort of Shinshinim, Lir Barazani and Snir Dagan, arrived to St. Louis in late August 2018.


Their Work in the Community

The Shinshinim work at several different programs within the congregations, mainly with children ranging in ages 3-18, including the Sunday schools, religious and Hebrew schools, early childhood centers, USY, and NFTY. They also participate in special ‘chagim’ happenings, adult programming, weekend retreats and Shabbatonim, youth group conventions, summer camps, and other events.

One of the main objectives of bringing Shinshinim to our community is to encourage Israel engagement through educational programming, through formal and informal social interactions, and by building relationships with community members.

The Shinshinim serve as Israeli cultural ambassadors throughout the community, and the program ultimately builds a bridge between Israeli youth and Jewish communities, creating an educational dialogue between the two, in order to strengthen our Jewish family ties and to build the foundation for a secure Jewish future.


Photo Galleries

Current Shinshinim: Guy & Shaked

Past Shinshinim: Gal & Yuval  |  Lir & Snir


Meet the Shinshinim – Shaked and Guy!


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Cynthia Wachtel

Cynthia Wachtel

Shlichut Program Supervisor

For more information about Shinshinim, contact Cynthia Wachtel at 314-442-3878 or

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