Or Klein, a 12th grader from Nazareth Illit, will be working in a Year of Service program as part of the Teen Leadership program, run by the Central Galilee Partnership-2-Gether project. Klein has volunteered to carry out an exceptional national mission; to fulfill it, he will need to stay for a Year of Service in Toronto, Canada. There, he will engage in an information campaign meant to reinforce Israel’s positive image in the Toronto Jewish community and among Canadian citizens in general. In actuality, he will be serving as a sort of Israeli ‘ambassador’.
Klein will represent young people in Israel and offer his personal impressions of Israel’s achievements, its strong points, and the importance of Israel’s connection with world Jewry. “My role is to spread the word of the good things we have in Israel. I’ll be working with a variety of populations and different age groups,” he explains.
Klein is an outstanding student from a high achievers’ classroom at Yigal Allon High School in Nazareth Illit. Along with his studies, he also engages in volunteering activity within the framework of the Teen Leadership program, offered under the auspices of the Jewish Agency’s “Partnership-2-Gether” project in Central Galilee. Partnership-2-Gether is an umbrella endeavor that coordinates projects in three Central Galilee municipalities—Nazareth Illit, Migdal HaEmek and Jezreel Valley.
This year Klein concluded his activity in the Teen Leadership program and was chosen (along with a handful of other program alumni) to embark on a Year of Service in Toronto.
“I’ll be working with a partner in my Year of Service named Ofir Houri who comes from the moshav Olesh. Together, we’ll be traveling between elementary schools and high schools and talking about Israel. Canada is home to Jews of all sorts of denominations and directions; but what’s missing for them is a real connection to Israel. What we’re bringing is the authentic Israel; through us, they’ll become familiar, up close, with life in Israel, the difficulties, and the country’s strong points,” he says.
Despite his young age, Klein possesses a rich record of serving as a counselor in Israel and overseas. When he finished 7th grade, he traveled to the U.S. as part of a delegation of campers to Camp Tamarack organized by Central Galilee Partnership-2-Gether. About two years later, when he was a 10th grader, he returned to Tamarack, this time as a counselor. Upon returning to Israel he followed up by taking part in the Partnership’s Teen Leadership program, which he concluded with distinction about two months ago.
Klein’s parents, Mina and Arik, are also active in the program and contribute as volunteers. Mina, who is principal of Golan Elementary School in Nazareth Illit, serves as volunteer chair of the English – A Tool for Life program, which operates in the Partnership’s different municipalities. Her husband Arik, a hi-tech professional, serves on the staff of the Partnership’s Leadership program.
When he concludes his Year of Service in Canada, Klein plans to enlist in the IDF as a combat soldier.