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About: The Narayever participates in the UJA Federation's ShinShinim Program, bringing teen Israeli emissaries to enrich our downtown Jewish community. The Narayever shares our ShinShinim with 3 other downtown institutions: Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, the Downtown Jewish Community School, and Habonim Dror-Camp Gesher. 

Pictured right: The 2017-2018 ShinShinim Komuna (cohort), freshly landed at Pearson International Airport on Sunday August 20, 2017.

At Narayever: Two bright, talented, enthusiastic ShinShinim join our community for one school year, making bonds and connections that last for life. This fulfills their "year of service" abroad before joining the Israeli army. Our ShinShinim contribute in innumerable ways to our vibrant shul life. Some of these ways include: facilitating meaningful programming for our community, producing moving, interesting community commemorative events, participating in our Bat/Bar Mitzvah class, building lasting friendships with our teens in the Chalutzim program, creating connections on an individual basis, and ultimately, engaging congregants of all ages with Israel. Our objectives for this program are:

  1. To engage young people in synagogue life
  2. To reduce the gap between Diaspora and Israeli culture, society, and Jewry by nurturing a real personal connection between young Israelis and Canadian Jews
  3. To teach about Israel as an integrated and crucial piece of our Jewish identity
  4. To provide Canadian Jews and in particular our youth a more complete understanding of the complexity which is Israel 
  5. To personalize Israel so that Jewish Canadians and in particular our youth develop an authentic relationship with Israel, which will then allow them to be motivated to be involved as proud advocates and defenders of Israel
  6. To share with the shinshinim what is unique about Toronto Judaism, and Toronto’s Jewish community, so that they are more informed leaders in Israel, specifically in the realm of Jewish expression and Jewish pluralism

This year: Our 2018-2019 ShinShinim are Nir and Lian (click their names to view their awesome introduction video!). They have officially begun their tenure with us. Be sure to join us for Shabbat morning, or look into their upcoming programming in our Narayever Newsletter, so that you can spend time and get to know them better. 

Pictured left: Lian (left) and Nir (right), January 2018 in Jerusalem

Sat, October 20 2018 11 Cheshvan 5779