Center For Israel

Celebrate Israeli Culture

Israel comes alive within our walls with exciting story times in early childhood classrooms, stimulating discussions amongst seniors, culinary programs with young adults, enlightening experiences for families and educational films for the whole community.

Our Mission

To provide opportunities for all people of our community to develop and celebrate their personal connection to Israel through innovative and creative programs and partnerships. The Center for Israel provides a valuable resource of connection and engagement with Israel and Israeli life through meaningful programs and partnerships.

Connecting with Israel

Our Center’s aim is to encourage our community to explore its connection to the vibrant, creative and human face of Israel through programs that promote direct relationships to the modern State of Israel, the land and its people. Together, we will endeavor to connect and shape a brighter future for all.

Make an Impact!

You are welcome to join us with this or other programs that our JCC offers, through volunteer or sponsorship! What do we do with the Center for Israel? We collaborate with local, national and Israeli institutions. We provide educational opportunities, leadership, guest speakers and advocacy. We host Israeli guests, Israeli Scouts (Tsofim), and Israeli cultural events.

We make a better world in partnership with leading Israeli organizations! Whether it’s art, culture, travel, Israeli films, art exhibitions or Israeli Jewish festivities, the Center for Israel is making an impact!

Meet our

Meet our Center for Israel staff

The Center for Israel was opened in 2013 with just one Senior Shaliach. Over the past couple of years the Center for Israel has grown from 1 to 6 Shlichim in total!

Ariel Magal – Senior Shaliach
Ariel comes to us from “Kibbutz Regavim. Ariel is married to Shira and is the father of Yael, Rotem and Omri. Ariel will lead and supervise the entire operation of the Center for Israel including all of our new Shlichim and assignments.

Ariel worked at Young Judea before coming on Shlichut and has many years of experience under his belt, working in the Jewish Education field.

Nimrod Bejarano – Junior Shaliach and Head of Israeli Scouts
Nimrod comes to us from the city of Tel Aviv. Nimrod has just finished being the Scouts Leader for a Tel Aviv tribe with 700 kids. Nimrod has served in one of Israel’s Elite unit “Golani” and is eager to come and learn about our community. Nimrod will be working at the JCC with all of our departments on bringing Israel to life and will also lead the Israeli Scouts.

Eden Elfasi, Tomer Kazes, Guy Landa, Yael Nadan and Ella Tagar – Shinshinim
Who are the Shinshinim?  The Shinshinim are talented Israeli high school graduates who have made the difficult decision to defer their army service for a year and offer themselves as ambassadors of their country in service to the Jewish people. Selected through a competitive process, our Shinshinim are talented and have experience in group work, leadership, and youth organizing and leading.

What will they be doing?  They will serve our community in a variety of ways. They will teach about Israel and Israeli culture in Jewish day schools, supplementary schools and public schools and will also work with early childhood centers, seniors’ groups and various youth movements. They will be a living bridge between our community and Israel.

Become A Host Family
Our Shinshinim are Israeli high school graduates who volunteer to postpone their army service to bring Israel to life on our shore. We are looking for host families to open their hearts and homes for the young Israelis committed to raising awareness within our community. For more information, contact Ariel Magal,


Shevet Gefen Israeli Scouts Program

Experience a whole new world of friends and culture!

The Israeli Scouts Movement, or Tzofim, is the largest youth movement in Israel. Non-political and non-sectarian, the Scouts established and developed a framework based on education and values, to engage youth in a variety of social and enjoyable activities. These coeducational activities encourage and focus on personal development, friendship and camaraderie, a “giving” and involved community, foster democratic group life with an emphasis on personal initiative, leadership and excellence, knowledge of nature, love of country and protecting the environment. The participants must understand and speak Hebrew.

Meets on Sundays
Grades: 3–8 – 4:00–6:00pm
Grades: 9–12 – 1:00pm–6:30pm

Head of the tribe is Eytan Behiri, 516-535-9257

Contact us for more information at



Recruiting for 2017-2018! Sid Jacobson JCC, in partnership with Israeli Scouts Atid, is offering children grades 2-6 and teenagers grades 8-11 a dynamic Jewish experience — a new English Language track of Tzofim, Israel’s sensational scouting experience.

The experience empowers children and teenagers to become independent, creative thinkers and contributing members of the community while instilling the values of responsibility, respect, equality, friendship and justice. Click here for more details!


and Events

Celebrations and Events

Relax and enjoy some savory coffee and conversation in the lobby.
Begins Thursday, September 14

Study Israeli fashion, cook delicious food and practice Israeli exercises in a fun, interactive setting!
Wednesday, January 24
Thursday, Decemeber 21

Gather the kids, friends and family for an Israeli-style Chanukah celebration hosted by Shevet Gefen in collaboration with SJJCC. Enjoy arts and crafts and games, dance to Israeli music, indulge in delicious treats, including soofganiot (doughnuts) and levivot (potato pancakes) and be part of a candle lighting.
Sunday, December 17
$20 per family / members free
Free for Shevet Gefen and Atid families

The Israeli American Council, in partnership with SJJCC, will host Shishi Israeli–an event where Israeli and Jewish Americans create a shared experience around the Shabbat Dinner table! Join us for a celebration of Israeli culture at its best –  good company, music, food and dancing.
Friday, January 19
$12 per child 2+ years / $18 per adult / $50 per family

Commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, through an intimate meeting with survivors in a living room with a small group of people. Survivors will share their memories and there will be an opportunity for facilitated discussion. Location will be provided upon registration.
Thursday, January 25

Join our youth movement that encourages the exploration of new opportunities and take meaningful part in Israeli society. This Israeli Scouts program is for Hebrew-speaking boys and girls from grades 3-12.
Sundays, 4-6pm

Long Island’s exclusive chapter – the first ever English track of Tzofim – offers a dynamic experience to young, independent and creative thinkers who give back to the community. This program is for boys and girls in grades 2-6 and 8-11.

You’re invited! Israelfest 2017 gathered nearly 5,000 guests celebrating Israel’s birthday. Do not miss this year’s 70th bash Sunday, May 6, 2018!

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Nimi’s Word of the Week

Learn Hebrew from our Junior Shaliach Nimi! Like us on Facebook to see a new video posted every Monday morning.

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Join Shevet Gefen and our LI Chapter of Israeli Scouts Atid as our scouts throw an Israeli style party for the community! Light candles, enjoy food and sing Israeli Chanukah songs.
Sunday, December 17

Looking for more information about our programs?

Contact Ariel Magal, Director of the Center for Israel 516.484.1545 ext. 115,

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