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 several local organizations: Shaare Emeth, United Hebrew, Bnai Amoona, Kol Rinah, Temple Israel, Temple Emanuel, the Israeli Scouts, and Saul Mirowitz Jewish Day School.
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.
Current Shinshinim: Gilad, Dana, and Evyatar
Meet the Shinshinim – Gilad, Dana, and Evyatar!
We are so excited to welcome the fourth cohort of Shinshinim to our community: Gilad Helbatz Sofer, Dana Koren, and Evyatar Shachar. We have expanded the program and increased the number of Shinshinim to three, as well as the number of partner organizations working with them.
Gilad is working full-time at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School.
Dana is working at Temple Emanuel, United Hebrew, and the Israeli Scouts.
Evyatar is working at Temple Israel, Kol Rinah, and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
Connect With Us!
Shlichut Program Supervisor
For more information about Shinshinim, contact Cynthia Wachtel at 314-442-3878 or CWachtel@JFedSTL.org.