Building Living Bridges to Israel


A select group of outstanding emissaries, The Jewish Agency for Israel's Shlichim are called to manifest our collective heritage in communities around the world. They provide a living connection to Israel by promoting Israeli experiences, facilitating Jewish social activism, and speaking authentically about faith and culture.

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Connect. Support. Engage. The Jewish Agency's mission is never more fully realized than in the works of their esteemed Shlichim. Every year, over 10,000 Israelis apply for the honor but only a select group of outstanding emissaries are chosen. They are widely considered to be the best of Israel and The Jewish Agency helps them share their light with the world.

After extensive training at The Shlichut Institute, these role models are placed in schools, synagogues, JCCs, camps, universities, youth movements, and Federations all over the globe. There, they engage with Jewish and non-Jewish people about Israel, teach Jewish heritage, and speak about issues of national and religious identity. After having this transformative professional and personal experience, Shlichim return to Israel motivated in new ways to effect positive change in their lives and for all of Israel.

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It’s important to me for every Jew in St. Paul to know that across the ocean, all Jews have a home. It’s important to me they feel that connection.

"The people in the community are hospitable and very warm, and it really is a home away from home, because I am welcomed wonderfully,” reflects Tal Dror, the 22-year-old Shlicha serving the Jewish community of St. Paul, Minnesota.



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