What They Do
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.
2019-20 Sneak Preview
Pittsburgh Will Welcome Four Shinshinim!
Shinshinim מה חדש (What’s New?)
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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 – HMaravent@jfedpgh.org…Read More
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!!…Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More