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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 2017-2018 ShinShinim are Gal and Itay (click their names for a fun gif). They will be officially beginning their tenure with us on Saturday September 9, 2017 for Shabbat morning programs and services. Take a look at their exciting, funny introduction video by clicking here. Be sure to introduce yourself and warmly welcome them to our community!

Take the ShinShinim Home for Dinner
To foster deeper connection and further bring Gal and Itay into our fold, community members are encouraged to bring our ShinShinim home for dinner. This year, our ShinShinim have one Tuesday per month built into their schedule, open for community members to welcome Gal and Itay into their homes for dinner. Please email ShinShinim Site Supervisor Sabrina Friedman ( if you are interested in more information about this wonderful opportunity. 

Pictured left: Gal (left) and Itay (right),
January 2017 in Jerusalem


Wed, April 25 2018 10 Iyyar 5778