ShinShinim Young Ambassadors Program
The Jewish Agency’s Shinshinim are high-school graduates who choose to defer their military service for a year of service abroad. Shin-Shin is a Hebrew acronym for shnat sherut (year of service). They are carefully selected, recruited, trained, and sent to Jewish communities around the world to share their youthful and enthusiastic Zionist spirits.
What is a ShinShinim
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.
Omer, Guy, Ofri, Klil are joining our San Diego community this August! We are looking for families to help welcome them to our community. The Shinshinim stay with host families during their service year, forming close and often lifelong family friendships. Families provide a spate bedroom, meals, and a welcoming and inclusive home.
"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
Prospective Host Families Resources:
Download this informative document as a PDF here.
In Partnership With
Meet our 2021 ShinShinim!
Kibbutz Gevim, Sha’ar HaNegev
Kibbutz Or-Haner, Sha’ar HaNegev
Kibbutz Beit Nir
For more information on this program please contact Miri Ketayi.