Randie Waldbaum Malinsky 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 & Vision

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.

VISION
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.

Become a Host Family

We have brought a taste of Israel to our Long Island community through the Shinshinim Program. Shinshinim are Israeli high school graduates who voluntarily defer their army service in order to do a year of service promoting Israel engagement and awareness throughout our community.

Each year our Shinshinim Program has expanded and in August 2018 we will welcome nine Shinshinim to the Randie Waldbaum Malinsky Center for Israel! We are looking for host families and couples to open their hearts and homes to these young Israelis committed to strengthening the connection between Israel and our community. The primary hosting obligation includes providing a separate bedroom for the Shinshin to stay and to provide food over a 3-4 month period. We provide insured cars, medical insurance, a clothing stipend and other financial support to the Shinshinim.

Hosting a Shinshin is a unique and meaningful way for you to engage your family with Israel, get an intimate glimpse of a fascinating culture while forming a lasting connection with these dynamic young Israelis. For more information contact Lori Kantorowitz, 516.484.1545 ext. 230 or lkantorowitz@sjjcc.org.

Shlichim
& Shinshinim

Meet our staff

Through our Shlichim and Shinshinim program, we have brought a taste of Israel to Long Island. They serve as a living bridge between our community and Israel. In 2013, the Randie Waldbaum Malinsky Center for Israel opened with one Shaliach. Every year the center continues to grow and for the 2018-19 year, we will have one Shlicha, one Community Shlicha and 9 Shinshinim!

GILI DVASH, SHLICHA + DIRECTOR OF RCFI
Gili Dvash, was born and raised in Mitzpe Ramon of the Negev. She was involved in the local scout troop in different counseling and leading roles. After high school, she took a gap year and volunteered for a year of service in Holon.

Gili served in the army as the spokeswoman of the Edom Brigade. After the army, she worked as a counseling coordinator in different youth movements in Israel and the Diaspora, as she believes social activism is a way of life. She is part of several social initiatives regarding community building, social volunteering and Jewish identity and rituals.

Gili holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Ben-Gurion University and an MBA from the Mandel Social Leadership program. She was previously the local community coordinator for BINA – The Jewish Movement for Social Change, where she was involved in strategic planning and community building of various groups from teenagers to elderly.

GALIT MIMRAN, COMMUNITY SHLICHA
Our new Community Shlicha, Galit Mimran, is no stranger to scouting programs, having recently completed 2 years of being the coordinator for the Israeli Scouts movement of the” Nofar” group in Lehavim, located in southern Israel. Galit will be working with the Israeli Scout’s Shevet Gefen chapter, as well as with students at Hofstra University and Queens College.

Galit started her scouting journey in the 7th grade as a member of the Scouts “Arava” group in her hometown of Kiryat-Gat and took on various leadership positions in the group through high school. During her time in the group, she had the opportunity to represent the Israeli Scouts movement at the World Scouts Jamboree in Sweden and the ‘Agora’ Delegation to Switzerland.

After graduating from high school and prior to her army service, she volunteered for a year in the National Scouting Center, which specializes in training and developing scouting skills and leads different educational activities for different organizations in various age groups. During her army service, she served as an educational services coordinator in a combat unit.

Galit is the youngest of 4 siblings and her favorite things to do are act and hula hoop!

NOAM BASHARTI, ITAY FISCHER, YOAV HAUSER TOV, OMRI HOLLANDER, ROTEM LEVINGER, OFIR PEARL, HILA RECHTMAN, NOA TAMIR AND SHIR TWEG, 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.

Look for upcoming programs and events in the fall to get to know our new Israeli staff!


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 Lori Kantorowitz, Operations Coordinator, 516-484.1545 ext. 230, lkantorowitz@sjjcc.org

Programs
& Events

CAFÉ IVRIT
Relax while enjoying Israeli coffee, snacks, and conversations about Israel’s current news and events.
Thursdays, 12-1:30pm
For a list of dates, click here

EXPERIENCE CHANUKAH: ISRAELI STYLE
Celebrate the festival of lights with an Israeli twist!

KESHET CHANUKAH
Enjoy Israeli songs, stories and culture with the Israeli-American Council.
Tuesday, December 4, 11am-1pm
Wednesday, December 5, 11am-1pm
Wednesday, December 5, 5-6pm

ISRAELI CANDLE LIGHTING
See how Chanukah is celebrated in Israel as we light candles with our Shinshinim families through Zoom.
Monday, December 3
12-1pm

CANDLE LIGHTINGS
Join us in the lobby to celebrate with family, friends, and community for lights, crafts, and treats!
Monday, December 3, Tuesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 6
5-6pm

CAFÉ IVRIT
Relax while enjoying Israeli coffee, snacks, and conversations about Israel’s current news and events.
Thursday, December 6
11am-1pm

COMMUNITY CHANUKAH CELEBRATION
Celebrate Chanukah like they do in Israel with a party hosted by Shevet Gefen and our Long Island chapter of Israeli Scouts Atid with food, candle lightings, and music!
Sunday, December 9
4-6pm

PAJAMA PARTY
Come in your pajamas for a morning of family fun! Enjoy a bagel breakfast, crafts, playtime, community service projects, treats and a DJ dance party! Bring in a new or gently used children’s book to donate to Book Fairies.
Tuesday, December 25
9:30am-12pm
$20 family / members free
Register

SHISHI ISRAELI
Join us for an Israeli Friday night celebration with good company, music, food, and dancing.
Friday, January 11
7pm
$18 per person / $50 for 3-6 people / $150 for 7 people and above

Hebrew
Classes

CONVERSATIONAL HEBREW ULPAN

Learn conversational Hebrew quickly. Students are immersed in writing, oral comprehension and conversation in Hebrew.

ADVANCED BEGINNERS WITH DORIT GRYN
22 sessions
Begins Thursday, January 3
9:30-10:45am
$440 / members $330

ADVANCED WITH DORIT GRYN
20 sessions
Begins Wednesday, January 16
9:45-11am
$400 / members $300

INTERMEDIATE WITH DORIT GRYN
20 sessions
Begins Wednesday, January 16
11am-12:15pm
$400 /members $300

INTERMEDIATE WITH LIAT CHANOCH
11 sessions
Begins Monday, March 4
12:15-2pm
$220 / members $165

BEGINNER ++ WITH LIAT CHANOCH
11 sessions
Begins Tuesday, March 5
12:15-1:30pm
$220 / members $165

Israeli
Scouts

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.This program is for Hebrew speaking children.
Sundays, 4-6pm

For more information, contact Eytan Behiri, Head of the Tribe, 516-535-9257, gefen@israelscouts.org.

Israeli
Scouts Atid

Israeli Scouts Atid

Grades: 3-6 and 9-11
ATID was developed as a dynamic and creative program to foster independent thinking in our children and working well within a group.  Modeled after the wildly successful Israeli Scouts program, Atid is for English speakers.  Teens mentor younger participants, foster lifelong friendships through a prism of fun programs and projects, giving back to the community, all the while learning about Jewish values and Israel.
Sundays, 4-6pm
Learn more


COMMUNITY CHANUKAH CELEBRATION

Celebrate Chanukah like they do in Israel with a party hosted by Shevet Gefen and our Long Island chapter of Israeli Scouts Atid with food, candle lightings, and music!
Sunday, December 9
4-6pm

Looking for more information about our programs?

Gili Dvash, Director of Center for Israel, 516.484.1545 ext. 115, gdvash@sjjcc.org

Lori Kantorowitz, Operations Coordinator, 516-484.1545 ext. 230, lkantorowitz@sjjcc.org

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