Our Shinshinim program creates a unique Israel engagement opportunity for the Long Island and Queens Jewish communities. Shinshinim are 18 year-old Israeli emissaries who perform a year of service. They create a living bridge between our community and Israel by taking part in innovative Israeli education and engagement programs at our partner organizations.
Shinshin live with host families who can be families with children living at home, “empty-nester” couples, or grandparents. Hosting a Shinshin is a unique and meaningful way to connect your family to Israel, learn about Israeli customs and culture, and perform an act of tikkun olam.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF A HOST FAMILY?
- Private room in your home for the Shinshin to stay
- Food for daily meals
- A nurturing home environment for a 3-4 month time period
WHAT IS PROVIDED TO EACH SHINSHIN?
- Insured car – Shinshinim drive themselves
- Cell phone
- Health insurance – provided through the Jewish Agency
- Financial stipend to the Shinshin
“Tomer moved into our house in April and my children were thrilled to welcome him, having already befriended him through his work with Midway Jewish Center Hebrew High School. It was a pleasure to see the warmth among the three teens in our home. We will miss Tomer when he returns to Israel; however we look forward to continuing our family’s friendship with him. We are also looking forward to our next hosting experience!”- Lorraine L.