BHS will be participating in an exciting year-long program which will bring Shinshinim – abbreviation for Service Year Shlichim [emissaries from Israel] -- into our BHS community. This program is in sponsored by the Jewish Agency for Israel and UJA Federation, and brings four (4) recent Israeli High School graduates to Brooklyn Brownstone as informal educators.
The shinshinim will be more broadly supervised by a Senior shaliach – named Orly Daboosh Nitzan – who will coordinate all of their activities.
Who are the Shinshinim? From an original pool of over 400 applicants our shinshinim have been selected for this program. Previous experiences in group work, leadership skills, and English language capability were just a few of the criteria. The selection process is a rigorous one. These talented young people have made the difficult decision to defer their army service for a year, and instead, to offer themselves as ambassadors of their country.
They will serve as informal educators at a synagogue, at a Day School, often at a youth movement and/or supplementary school. They will teach about Israel and Israeli culture, about Jewish identity and Jewish celebration. They will prepare community-wide programs about Israel. They will help with the synagogues’ youth groups, teen groups, and will touch virtually every part of the synagogue congregational life. They will work in the classrooms of the Day School, and participate in extracurricular and school wide programming. They will be a real living bridge between the community and Israel, bringing back their experiences here in Brooklyn to their communities in Israel.
Recently, the 2014 BHS Women’s Trip to Israel and the mitzvah project that developed as part of that experience were featured among UJA Federation of New York’s “Mitzvahs and Milestones” projects. Read here for the full story.