Service Year Israeli emissaries, better known as ShinShinim, are Israeli high school graduates serving Jewish communities around the world prior to their mandatory Israeli army service.
The ShinShinim program is the “year of service program” that offers Israeli high school graduates an opportunity to delay mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces and serve Diaspora communities for up to 10 months. The program allows communities to meet young Israeli ambassadors who perform meaningful service prior to entering the army. A growing program, the number of ShinShinim in Jewish communities more than quadrupled over the last decade.
After quarantining for two weeks at an Atlanta Airbnb, Maya and Yael, both 18, are ready to start interacting with the Jewish community and make an impact, despite COVID-19
Ofry and Segev look forward to getting to know their communities and celebrating the Jewish fall holidays but know the coronavirus will have them facing unique challenges.
Ofir and Yam, Jewish Agency ShinShinim (service-year Israeli emissaries) serving in Baltimore, are focused on building relationships and boosting communal morale virtually.