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Please note that the UJA ShinShinim program has been suspended for the 2020-2021 school year due to the pandemic. We look forward to being able to welcome these wonderful young emissaries back to our congregation in the future. 

Danna (left) and Gaya (right), at a conference in Jerusalem, July 2019

Our 2019/2020 ShinShiniot are Danna and Gaya. Be sure to join us for Shabbat morning, or look into their upcoming programming in our Narayever Newsletter and Narayever Net, so that you can spend time and get to know them better. 

Danna and Gaya are still "Engaged at a Distance". Material they have shared with our community will be available here. This includes a Dvar Israel for our community each week, sharing what life is like in Israel for them right now. Click each week's, below!

Poem from Narayever at Noon April 3, 2020
Gaya's Dvar April 8, 2020
Danna's Dvar April 14, 2020

New this year: Gaya and Danna will be sharing weekly recipes that connect to the Parashat HaShavuah. All recipes can be found below: 

Ki Tetzeh - Cheese Yeast Cake
Ki Tavo - Layered Vanilla Cake 
Netzavim - Masfun (Morrocan Almond Pastries)
Vayelech - Honey Oatmeal Cookies
Special Yom Kippur Recipe - Kreplach 
Special Sukkot Recipe - Gefilte Fish
Bereshit - Filled Dough 
Noach - Pancake Stack 
Lech Lecha - Ethiopian Injera 
Vayera - Fennel Salad
Chayeh Sarah - Avocado (and more!) Salad
Toldot - Stuffed Peppers with Cheese
Vayetzeh - Onion Quiche
Vayishlach - Butternut Squash Quiche
Vayeshev - Flaky Pastry filled with Chicken and Veggies
Miketz - Bulgur Salad
Vayigash - "Double Meaning" salad
Vayechi - Yemenite Style Fish 
Shmot - Ginger Soup
Vaera - Eggplant Soup
Bo - Pepper Soup
Beshalach - Potato Kugel
Mishpatim - Innovative Soup
Truma - Salmon Fillets
Tetzaveh - Pea Soup, Two Ways
Ki Tisa - Calf Bone Soup
Vayekel - "Mishkan" Soup
Pekudei - Rakot Krumpil (potatoes)
Vayikra - Yemenite-Moroccan Oxtail Soup
Tzav - Traditional Beef Roast
Shemini - Youav's Chicken
Tazria-Metzora - Beef Tongue
Acharei Mot - Slices of Meat in Potatoes
Kedoshim - Strawberry-Chicken Salad

To view previous year's ShinShinim information, click here


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. 

Wed, October 20 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782