Shoshi Bogoch is the Israeli Community Shlicha to San Diego. A Shlicha is an emissary sent to San Diego for two to three years through a partnership of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federation. She directs the Federation Israel Center, which is dedicated to increasing the connection of the San Diego Jewish community to Israel through education and advocacy, local events and facilitating travel to Israel.
Shoshi is a sabra (native Israeli), who was born and resides in Jerusalem. In 1991, she began her two years of service in the Israel Defense Forces as a sergeant in the “Rafol Project,” educating soldiers from distressed Israeli families to complete their education. Following her IDF service she obtained a B.A in political science and an M.A. in Jewish Education at Hebrew University. Shoshi also worked as a group facilitator in “Gesher” and “Hamelitz,” non-profit organizations that encourage dialogue and Jewish identity building within Israeli society.
Prior to arriving in San Diego, Shoshi was Director of the Community Department of the ICCY – a Community Center in the heart of Jerusalem, which serves 50,000 people. She established and implemented several programs including the Jewish Mosaic, a partnership between Jewish schools in New York and Jerusalem; community gardens designed to foster a sense of belonging and environmental activism among various groups; youth involvement, leadership and senior international activities. Shoshi is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Study of Religions and Communities in Israel, well known for its international art program, Children of Jerusalem “Painting Pain and Dreaming of Peace.”
Shoshi’s husband, Yoel, is also a native Israeli. His parents came to Israel as new immigrants from Canada in 1967. Yoel has a PhD in Biology from the Hebrew University and was a researcher and a lecturer at Hadassah College in Jerusalem. Currently, he is a biology researcher at UCSD as part of his post-doctoral work.
Shoshi and Yoel are the proud parents of Elad (12), Uri (8), Hallel (6), and Rotem (3), who are happily settling into the San Diego Jewish community.
For more information please contact:
Community Shlicha and Director
Federation Israel & Overseas Center