Israeli Shinshinim (Teen Ambassadors) 

Meet Maya and Dana! The Jewish Agency's Shinshinim are Israeli high-school graduates who defered their military service for a year of service abroad... and serve they did. To celebrate Israel's 70th birthday, Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ brought Maya and Dana here to connect people of all ages, especially young people, with the human face of Israel. Shinshinim is a Hebrew acronym for 'shnat sherut,' meaning "year of service." 



Today's Shinshin


Though Israel's 70th is behind us and Dana and Maya have returned to begin their military service in Israel, synagogues in Middlesex and Monmouth counties who enjoyed Shinshinim programming are keeping it going with a new part-time shinshin for the heart of NJ. We welcome our new ambassador. Organizations interested in connecting their community members to Israel, contact us


Community Engagement

Shinshinim interact with people of all ages to build stronger emotional connections between the Jewish heart of NJ and the people of Israel:
  • working with educational directors
  • enhancing curriculum with Israel-related content
  • celebrating Jewish and Israeli holidays
  • bringing Israeli-scout-style (teamwork and leadership) skills to youth groups
  • hosting Friday night dinners at synagogues and Saturday morning youth programs
  • visiting with local seniors and Holocaust survivors
  • planning an Israel Teen Summit 
  • organizing peer-to-peer talks and presentations
  • publishing social media and Hebrew Word of the Week blogs
and so much more! 

Connecting Kids with Israel

Shinshin, Dana, connected children across the Jewish heart of NJ with the human face of Israel.


A Few of Our Shinshinim's Hebrew Words of the Week


In Israel, we changed the clocks this week, which means Aviv is coming! The flowers are about to start blooming and the weather goes back to being sunny and great!

The Hebrew word of the week: Hoshev – think. We all think about Purim and in Israel, Purim is a very big holiday for everyone, especially for kids. Everyone dresses up in costumes and there is a big celebration!

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Bayit – home. Maya and Dana are flying home today for mid-year break. See you soon!

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Lehazmin – invite. In Israel, it is very common to invite friends over to your house for an afternoon. Hope you’ll invite a friend this week too!

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Tzimhoni – which means Vegetarian. Did you know that there a lot of vegetarian restaurants and products in Israel? Now you do!


יום שישי means Friday! We wish you all Shabbat Shalom and enjoy your 'Yom Sheeshee!'


Shinshinim Share Glimpse of Yom Kippur in Israel

What does Yom Kippur mean to Israelis? How do they observe the holiday in the Holy Land?
Maya and Dana created a booklet all about Yom Kippur – full of quotes, songs, and more.