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Programs Related to Israel

The Narayever community is connected to Israel in multiple ways, and this endeavor begins with our Israel Committee, whose main purpose is to link the congregation to Israel. The committee meets periodically and is comprised of 5 to 7 members. Under the purview of the Israel Committee are tasks including bringing in Israel focused speakers, support of the shul's participation in the UJA ShinShinim program, facilitating the shul's participation in the Walk with Israel, and our community Yom Ha'Atzma'ut and Yom Hazikaron commemorative events. 

We welcome new members to our committee! If you would like more information, contact at

What is the UJA Shinshinim Program?

For more information, please refer to the ShinShinim page by clicking here.

The program was established to help Jews living outside of Israel develop stronger connections to Israel through informal approaches to education in our day schools, supplementary schools, synagogues and Jewish camps. This personal and relevant education was to be delivered abroad by young Israelis who choose to do a year of national service (shnat sherut – thus “shinShinim”) before joining the army

The UJA ShinShinim Program began in 2007 with 2 high school graduates, and has grown over the past nine years considerably. The First Narayever participated for the first time in 2010-2011 to bring our “pioneer” shinshinim, Reut Rozner and Yuval Gur, to the vibrant downtown Jewish community. We have been participating ever since.

The ShinShinim in Toronto work in over 25 institutions, including day schools, synagogues, supplementary schools, youth movements and camps. They educate about Israel informally through stimulating programs, informative lessons, challenging discussions, and interesting activities, all bringing an authentic experience of Israel to a range of members in our community. They each live with 2-3 host families throughout their stay in Toronto, thus providing an intense life experience for over 40 host families each year.

To learn more about Narayever's participation in this program, please refer to the ShinShinim page by clicking here

Fri, October 23 2020 5 Cheshvan 5781