Gilad Helbatz Sofer, Dana Koren, and Evyatar Shachar
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, and Evyatar is working at Temple Israel, Kol Rinah and the Jewish Federation.
Message from Gilad
Shalom St. Louis Jewish community! My name is Gilad and I’m going to be the new Shinshin at Mirowitz. I live in a small village in northern Israel called Nofit, which is about 20 minutes from Haifa. I have been doing Triathlons since 7th grade and in the past, I used to participate competitively. I love to cook for my family and friends and I also enjoy listening to music. I also love traveling and hiking. Can’t wait to meet y’all!
Message from Dana
Shalom everybody! My name is Dana Koren and I’m the new Shinshinit at the Israeli Scouts, United Hebrew, and Temple Emanuel congregations! I am so excited to be here! I live in Kibbutz Kfar-Ruppin in northern Israel. My Kibbutz is located in Emek HaMaayanot (valley of springs), we have lots of springs and such beautiful nature. I love music! I sing and play the piano. I also like to bake, travel, act, and to work out. My role in the army after my year of service here in St. Louis will be a Combat Fitness Instructor. I can’t wait to get to know you all and share Israel through my eyes.
Message from Evyatar
Shalom! My name is Evyatar Shachar and I am so excited to be a Shinshin in St. Louis at Kol Rinah, Temple Israel and the Jewish Federation. From the first day I remember, I loved being outdoors: hiking, breathing fresh air and being in nature. I love the aviation world and dreamed from an early age to get my wings and become an airline pilot. I live in Ashkelon with my parents and my older sister. Ashkelon is located on the southern coastal plain, it’s about an hour drive to Jerusalem and to Tel-Aviv, and about 8 miles north of the border with the Gaza Strip. As a teenager who grew up in Ashkelon all his life under missile attacks, I developed the ability to adapt to changes quite quickly and move from my life to emergency and back. Reality has taught me that my generation- the future generation, must change the situation we are in, and hope for a better, more peaceful world. Therefore, I believe in the way of talk and peace and believe that the situation can be changed to such that we can live with complete own safe and happiness. I am also active for the environment and a partner in the global youth protest in the fight against climate change. I am looking forward to meeting everyone!
Shaked Birenboim and Guy Nachum
We are so excited to introduce our third cohort of Shinshinim: Shaked Birenboim and Guy Nachum. They will be arriving to St. Louis at the end of August and will live and work in our community for one year. The Shinshinim program is a partnership between the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and four local congregations, Shaare Emeth, B’nai Amoona, Kol Rinah, and United Hebrew. Shaked will be at congregations Shaare Emeth and Kol Rinah, while Guy will be at congregations United Hebrew and B’nai Amoona. Click here to watch their welcome video on YouTube.
Message from Shaked
Hi! My name is Shaked Birenboim, I am 18 years old. I live in kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek, which is located in the Partnership Area, in the north of Israel. I have two younger sisters. I majored in Arabic and theatre while in high school. I love playing sports, acting, going on hiking trips, hanging out with friends, and spending time with my family. I am so excited to be the next Shinshinit in St. Louis and can’t wait to meet you all!
Message from Guy
Hello everyone! My name is Guy Nachum and I am the new Shinshin for St. Louis! I am so excited for the opportunity and to meet all of you in a couple of months! I’ll tell you a little bit about myself: I am 18 years old, and I live with my older sister and parents in a Moshav close to Jerusalem. My majors in school were social studies and Arabic. I have been a gymnast since I was seven years old, and I love to sing and travel the world! Can’t wait to see you and get to know you!
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.
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.