ShinShinim Young Ambassadors Program

Local Program Partners


The Shinshinim Program relies on strong community partners. We are proud to work with:


Congregation Beit Israel
Congregation Beit Am
Congregation Beit El
Camp Mountain Chai
Lawrence Family JCC
Seacrest Village
Temple Emanu-El

The Shinshinim are high school graduates who were selected to participate in a Year of Service Program that offers Israeli teens an opportunity to share their youthful and enthusiastic Zionist spirits with the diaspora communities. This Jewish Agency for Israel program in partnership with the Jewish Federation of San Diego County allows our community to meet young Israeli ambassadors, and connect with them in a meaningful way through a shared sense of collective responsibility, global Jewish discourse, and collective Jewish consciousness. The ShinShinim share their love and knowledge of Israel through various organizations in our community, synagogues, schools, and senior centers. They make Israel accessible, and help Jews develop a strong, meaningful attachment to Israel through tangible engagement, which cultivates Israel-Diaspora connections. Together with our community, this is one of the important ways we are bringing Israeli culture, experiences, and connections to San Diego.

In Partnership With:

Prospective Host Families Resources:

Learn more about hosting a ShinShin here. (pdf)


A private room in your home for the Shinshin to stay , food for daily meals, and a nurturing home environment for a 3-4 month time period. Each Shinshin is provided with an insured car, a cell phone, health insurance and a financial stipend through Federation and the Jewish Agency. 

Host a ShinShin

"There is no better way to connect with Israel than person to person. Hosting a ShinShin was a transformative and enriching experience for my family."

Past host mom, Britney Ewing

Meet our ShinShinim!

Maya Alon

Naomi Urshanski

Noa Keinan


Ofri Plaut

Shahart Arzi

Shay Shilman

Tamar Oz

Zohar Akron

For more information on this program please contact Miri Ketayi.