It has been six months since Israeli Shinshinim Liam Afota and Inbar Haimovich assumed their roles. Already they have made meaningful connections and have made lasting impressions with many in our community. The Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Shinshinim program is a valuable tool to impress upon our community the importance of our connection to Israel, and our fellow Jews.
Liam and Inbar interact with over 500 youth monthly, providing fun, interactive and diverse programming about Israel and Jewish pride. Primarily working with school-aged children as trained facilitators, they share Israeli culture, history, tradition and Hebrew language with everyone they meet. They work six days per week all over the community – at the Ottawa Jewish Community School, at five supplementary schools, leading youth programming, delivering D’var Yisrael at five synagogues, and leading programs for agencies including Hillel Ottawa, the Bess and Moe Greenberg Hillel Lodge, Limmud, AJA 50+, and The Ripple Effect. Their dedication is evident, as they took part in an impressive 14 Chanukah events with over 1,100 community members! [Read more…]