Israeli Shinshinim (Teen Ambassadors) 

Meet Maya and Dana! The Jewish Agency's Shinshinim are high-school graduates who choose to defer their military service for a year of service abroad. Shinshinim is a Hebrew acronym for 'shnat sherut,' meaning "year of service." 



Community Engagement

For an entire year, Maya and Dana will be:
  • 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 (November 18)
  • organizing peer-to-peer talks and presentations
and so much more! 

Welcome Maya and Dana

Maya and Dana arrive in the heart of New Jersey this fall! Be among the first to receive details about their welcome party – and everything else you need to know about their activities in the coming year. 


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.