Meet the Shlichim + Shinshinim
MEET THE SHLICHIM + SHINSHINIM
Meet the 2019 staff bringing Israel to life on Long Island!
GILI DVASH, SENIOR SHLICHA + DIRECTOR OF RCFI
Gili Dvash was born and raised in Mitzpe Ramon of the Negev dedicating her early life to local scout troops and positions of service. Serving in the army as the spokeswoman of the Edom Brigade, it was after her service that Gili continued to dedicate her life to 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 BSW from Ben-Gurion University and an MBA from the Mandel Social Leadership program. Coming to us from BINA – The Jewish Movement for Social Change, Gili held the role of local community coordinator and was involved in strategic planning and community building of various groups from teenagers to elderly.
GALIT MIMRAN, COMMUNITY SHLICHA
Galit is no stranger to scouting programs, having recently completed two years of serving as the coordinator for the Israeli Scouts movement of the ”Nofar” group in Lehavim, located in southern Israel. Starting her scouting journey in the 7th grade as a member of the Scouts “Arava” in her hometown of Kiryat-Gat, Galit took on various leadership positions throughout high school. During this time, Galit had the opportunity to represent the Israeli Scouts at the World Scouts Jamboree in Sweden and the ‘Agora’ Delegation to Switzerland.
After graduating from high school and prior to her army service, Galit volunteered for a year in the National Scouting Center, and served as an educational services coordinator during her army service. At the JCC, Galit is involved with the Israeli Scout’s Shevet Gefen chapter, as well as with students at Hofstra University and Queens College.
TAL YIZRAELI, COMMUNITY SHLICHA
Tal is from Givat Ela, a village in northern Israel. She served in the IDF as an education officer in the Paratroopers and also as a manager of the “Witness in Uniform” delegation in Poland. After her time in the army, she traveled around south east Asia. When she returned home, she moved to Tel Aviv where she worked for an advertising company as an account manager.
OUR SHINSHINIM: ORI ELKASLASI, GAYA HAYAM, KEREN OR KADOSH, NADAV KLEIN, BEN LEVI, ZOHAR LIEBERMANN, YOUVAL LOUBEL, AND AVIV ZARO
Who are the Shinshinim? The Shinshinim are talented Israeli high school graduates who have deferred their army service for a year to offer themselves as ambassadors of Israel in service to the Jewish people. Selected through a competitive screening process, our Shinshinim have significant experience in group work, leadership, and youth organizing and leading. Each has undergone intensive training through the Jewish Agency to share their knowledge, passion, and love of Israel with our community.
What will they be doing? The Shinshinim serve our community in a variety of ways. They will teach about Israel and Israeli culture in Jewish day schools and supplementary schools, and as well work in early childhood centers, youth movements, camps, and with both adult and seniors’ groups.