Israel @ 65 Celebration
Shalom To Our New Shinshinim!
OUR 2013-14 ISRAELI YOUNG EMISSARIES
Welcome to Afik Harel and Lital Rasovsky, who will be joining our community in the fall as part of the Israeli Young Emissary program sponsored by UJA/Federation WWWN and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Now in its 15th year, the program’s goal is to build a living bridge between the Afula Gilboa region in Israel and our community. Afik and Lital are recent high school graduates who have chosen to postpone their army service to spend the year in our community working with our preschools and religious schools as well as in our adult education programs, local high schools, day schools and the Jewish Home for the Elderly. Afik will be assigned to The Conservative Synagogue (Westport), Temple Shalom (Norwalk), Congregation Beth El (Norwalk) and Beit Chaverim (Westport). Lital will be working with Temple Israel (Westport), B’nai Chaim (Georgetown), Chabad (Westport), and Beth Israel (Norwalk).
Please take the opportunity to get to know these special young ambassadors. Invite them to your home for a Shabbat dinner or to spend a day with your family going apple picking or to a baseball game. Show them a bit about life in the United States and listen as they share their thoughts on life in Israel. This wonderful opportunity to build bridges is made possible through our Federation’s relationship with Partnership 2Gether, a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Southern New England Consortium (SNEC), a group of 12 Jewish Federations in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
If you are interested in inviting Lital or Afik to have a meal with your family or just spend the day, please contact Stacy Kamisar, Program Coordinator,UJA/Federation WWWN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Lital and I will be your new “shinshin” (emissary) this fall.
I'm 18 and I live in Gan Ner, a small community near Afula, on the Gilboa Mountain, at the north of Israel. I'm an older child in the family with two kids. My young sister, Shirel, is 14. In my family we have a close and warm relationship. My main hobbies are theater (one of my majors in high school) and dancing. I dance as long as I remember -- from the age of 4.
I've volunteered as a guide in a youth movement "Bney haMoshavim" and it's my 3rd year as a counselor in that movement. My latest achievement in this program is a process I made with kids who participate in activities I lead.more
My name is Afik and I am going to be the new "ShinShin" (emissary) for the next year.
You might be surprised to hear that I was born in the U.S. (NJ) but my parents moved back to Israel when I was a year and a half old. I live in a small town in the center of Israel called Shoham. I have a younger brother name Gal who is going to have his Bar-Mitzvah this summer. My mother is a social worker and she works in a children’s hospital. My father has his own company of business development. As a family we like to travel around the country and abroad. In the summertime you could usually find us at the beach.
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