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Meet the Shinshinim

Lir Barazani and Snir Dagan


The second cohort of Shinshinim, Lir Barazani and Snir Dagan, arrived to St. Louis in late August 2018.

Lir is from Modi’in, which is a town near Jerusalem. Her majors in high school were chemistry and biology. She would eventually like to be a physician. Lir was a counselor for the Maccabi youth movement for the last few years working in logistics and youth training, and served as the youth movement’s community relations. Lir founded an organization to help children with special needs who are on the autism spectrum. Lir splits her time between B’nai Amoona and United Hebrew congregations.

Snir is from Ein Yahav, which is a kibbutz in southern Israel, and spends his time with his blended family. He has three younger siblings and a dog. He majored in computer programming in high school and would like to pursue this as his career. He served as a counselor in Bnai Ha’moshavim youth movement for a few years. Snir participated in the exclusive Jewish Agency’s Rehovot-Minneapolis P2G trip. Snir works at congregations Shaare Emeth and Kol Rinah.

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Gal Roberman and Yuval Cohen


Our first Shinshinim, Gal Roberman and Yuval Cohen, arrived to St. Louis in August 2017 and worked in our community for one year.

Gal lives in Kerem Maharal, which is in the northern part of Israel. Her high school majors were psychology and agricultural sciences. Gal worked with special needs children in an after-school program she established, and organized arts and sports programming for the children. Her hobbies are riding horses and travelling. While living in St. Louis, Gal split her time between Congregation Shaare Emeth and Kol Rinah throughout the school year. She worked at Camp Emeth during the summer before returning to Israel.

Yuval is from Lapid, which is a small community close to Jerusalem. His high school majors were biology and art. He was a professional dancer and belonged to an international troop. Yuval was the head of the Tzofim (boy scouts) movement in his town and worked at summer camps and after-school programs for several years. While living in St. Louis, Yuval worked at congregations United Hebrew and Bnai Amoona. During the summer, he worked at B’nai Amoona’s Ramot Amoona and B’nai Ami camps.

Gal and Yuval organized two community wide events. In January of 2018, they brought Israeli actor and speaker Dean Miroshnikov, who spoke about his experience immigrating to Israel and his tenure in the IDF commando unit. Their second event was a meaningful Yom HaZikaron program for all teens in the community.

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