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Who are Pittsburgh's

Shinshinim שינשינים

Meet the 18-year-old emissaries in your neighborhood, connecting people of all ages to Israel and Israeli culture. And meet the FOUR NEW SHINSHINIM coming soon!

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What They Do

As Shinshinim

Israeli high school graduates defer their army service for one year in order to volunteer in English speaking communities.

How They Serve

For a Year in Pittsburgh

Strengthening the local Jewish community's connections with modern Israel and the concept of shared peoplehood.

Where to Find Them

In the Community

Frequently at the Jewish Community Center, Community Day School and Joint Jewish Education Program.

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Pittsburgh Will Welcome Four Shinshinim!

Sivan Avhar

"I love Israel because it is a melting pot. People all around the world come to Israel and bring their cultures. It’s such a cultural diverse place."

Guy Hoffman

"I have four years of experience at Hadracha in Karmiel's day camps in addition to five delegations to the USA and Europe including EKC and Diller in Pittsburgh."

Itamar Medina

"I believe that my will to go on Shlichut evolved from my curious nature. As a young man from Israel who was raised in a small community in Israel, my wish is to meet new people and learn new places."

Tamar Nawy

"I have a double major in Music and Bible Studies because I really love to sing and I think Bible is amazing! think it is possible to learn from it a lot about my life today, about leaders and people's behaviors."

Meet Hadar Maravent

She grew up in Karmiel, part of Pittsburgh's Partnership2Gether region.

In high school, she majored in social science to learn about the human behavior, and about different cultures and societies.

She has participated and volunteered in the Diller Teen Fellows program.

For the past four years, she has been a junior counselor in a youth movement.

She loves taking trips to various different cities in Israel.

Meet Raz Levin

He grew up in Rosh Ha'ayin, which is a small city near Tel Aviv.

He attended Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) summer camp in London and traveled to Lithuania as a young ambassador for the State of Israel.

One of his favorite sports is tricking, which is a dynamic sport that combines kicks and gymnastics.

He recently competed in "Israel's Got Talent" on Israeli national television.

He loves that Israel includes many cultures.

Shinshinim מה חדש (What’s New?)

Yom Ha’atzamut with the Shinshinim!

By Mihal | May 10, 2019

What a Yom Ha’azmaut! Today we celebrated the Israeli independence day! We started our day at Community Day School (CDS) singing and dancing with Israeli songs outside. Following the dancing, all of the school went inside to see the amazing Carnival that we’ve made for this special day! There was Israeli dancing, Israeli trivia, Israeli games…

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Shinshinim Update

By Mihal | April 24, 2019

Oneg Shabbat, Tikkun Olam, Diller Teen Fellows and Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrations Wow, what a couple of special weeks we’ve had!  Starting with a trivia game for the Oneg Shabbat at the Jewish Federation (a meeting held about the Jewish programming around the community) on a Friday afternoon that sent us to Shabbat with a smile, and…

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Pre-Independence Day Celebration at Beth El Congregation with the Shinshinim

By Mihal | April 11, 2019

Shinshinim Raz and Hadar celebrated Israel’s Independence a little early at Bel El Congregation yesterday. They played games and taught the children facts about Israel.

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The Shinshinim visit D.C. for the Israeli Elections

By Mihal | April 3, 2019

This weekend, we traveled to Washington D.C., and voted in the Israeli elections for the first time (and what a special first time it is to vote from across the sea)! It was a great experience. If you have any questions about the elections, write to us!  נשלחנו, הצבענו, השפענו! Raz – RLevin@jfedpgh.orgHadar –…

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The Shinshinim Celebrate Purim!

By Mihal | March 22, 2019

Purim in Pittsburgh! We had the best time dressing up with Pittsburgh community that definitely knows how to celebrate Purim! We took part with Community Day School’s and Beth Shalom Carnival. We played games, we did some art and craft and had a really good time. As always, it was fun to see you all!!…

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Jewish Federation’s Shinshinim Program to Double in Size

By Mihal | February 27, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will double the size of its “Shinshinim” program, bringing four 18-year-old Israelis to Pittsburgh for a year of service beginning August 2019.

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Tu B’Shvat and Exploring the Connection Between Hebrew, Judaism, and Israel with the Shinshinim

By Mihal | February 15, 2019

Wow, what a month! First of all, we celebrated Tu B׳shvat, the birthday of the trees. We did activities about the importance of trees in our lives, what can we learn from the tree and why do we need them so much. Moreover, we talked about “kakal” and JNF that have planted and still are…

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Hanukkah Light & Kaffe Shachor

By Mihal | January 17, 2019

Hi everyone! we wanted to share with you what we did this past month! First of all, we celebrated Hanukkah, we saw how is it like to celebrate this holiday in Pittsburgh’s Jewish community: the cars with the Menorah on top of them, the different but beautiful melodies for Hanukkah prayers and the fun fact…

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The Shinshinim Host a Trivia Game at J-Fest

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 22, 2018

Raz and Levin joined the community at J-Fest, where they hosted an Israel trivia game on Darlington Ave. alongside the Squirrel Hill JCC. J-Fest is a for teens, by teens program. This is the second year of this free street festival. The teens participated in these activities: – Steelers on the BIG SCREEN watch party…

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Israel Lesson at Adat Shalom

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | October 22, 2018

  The Shinshinim visited Adat Shalom to educate 17 teacher assistants direct methods on how to educate the younger students about Israel.    

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Do you have what it takes?

Host a Shinshin in Your Home for 5 Months

  • August 2018 – February 2019
  • Late February 2019 – August 2019

Provide a private bedroom for the Shinshin

Provide meals

Host them as part of the family

Families are preferred to also have children at home

Live in Squirrel Hill, Oakland, Point Breeze or Regent Square

Get ready to have a great time!

I think we have what it takes!

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Shani Turel

Shinshinim Coordinator

(412) 320-1935