We are so excited to welcome our third cohort of Shinshinim to San Diego. Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing them to the community and learning more about their experience here in San Diego. Contact Miri Ketayi to learn more about our ShinShinim program.
What’s your name and how old are you?
Klil Amar, 18
Where are you volunteering?
I'm volunteering at KAVOD Charter School and Congregation Beth Am.
Where are you living?
I live in Carmel Valley with Jane Fantel and her daughter, Hannah, two cats, and an adorable dog. Hannah and I are the same age and we love to hang out together. We enjoy cooking and eating together and sharing lots of stories.
If you could have dinner with someone (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
Coco Chanel. I'm interested in fashion and Coco is such an inspiration. I would love to ask her some questions!
You were born in Israel, what does Israel inspire in you?
Israel is my home, my family, my tradition. Without Israel I wouldn't be who I am today. From the holidays and the holiness to the good people who live there, I love and appreciate Israel no matter what.
Jewish San Diegans are passionate about community, what does community mean to you?
Community gives me a feeling of safety and trust. Community helps shape our personalities and teaches important lessons about culture and values.
What is the greatest part of being a ShinShin?
The connection with the community, especially with the kids! I feel a lot of personal satisfaction sharing more about Israel and helping kids learn Hebrew.
Check out Klil’s welcome video to learn even more:
ABOUT THE SHINSHINIM PROGRAM: Since 2018, and in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel, San Diego has welcomed nine ShinShinim to our community. ShinShinim are high school graduates who choose to defer their military enlistment and embark on a year of service. ShinShin is a Hebrew acronym for Shnat Sherut (year of service). They are carefully selected, recruited, trained, and deployed to Jewish communities around the world, bringing Israel to life through their youthful enthusiasm and dedication. They serve as primary conduits for Israel education in Jewish communities, creating dialogue, and strengthening Jewish ties between Israel and the Diaspora.