Israeli Teens Coming to Vancouver for a Year of Volunteer Service
Three teens from Israel are coming to Vancouver this August to spend a year volunteering with children in the Jewish community as part of the ShinShinim program. The teens will educate local students about Israel and Israeli culture, and in doing so will make Israel come alive for them. They will volunteer with the Jewish Community Centre , Congregation Beth Israel, , King David High School, Richmond Jewish Day School, Temple Sholom, and Vancouver Talmud Torah. Jewish Federation has collaborated with these organizations to bring the teens to Vancouver.
The three ShinShinim volunteers are Tomer Tetro (middle) from Ashkelon, Lian Suissa (right) from Qiryat Gat and Ophir Golombek (left) from Ness Tziona. Each of them brings unique talents, and together they will bring their love of Israel and true Israeli sprit.
These ShinShinim are not just any teens. They are already leaders in their community through their involvement at school and in programs such as Israeli Scouts and their local youth council. ShinShinim volunteer positions are highly coveted, with only 100 teens selected this year out of 1,500 applicants.
ShinShinim is an acronym for the Hebrew words Shanat Sherut, meaning year of service. ShinShinim is a gap year program for Israeli teenagers who, upon completing high school, opt to defer their compulsory military service. Instead, they spend a year as an Israel emissary in communities around the world. This year, ShinShinim volunteers are going to 16 different countries and will work with 400 different organizations including schools, synagogues and community centres.
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