UJA ShinShinim

UJA ShinShinim are young Israeli leaders who have just finished high school and who come to the GTA for one year to volunteer in our community. They are hosted by local Toronto families and engage more than 12,000 Jewish community members each year with cutting-edge programs focusing on contemporary Israel.

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto has the largest delegations of ShinShinim in the world. The program—a collaboration with the Jewish Agency for Israel—is active in over 40 day schools, synagogues, supplementary schools, youth movements, community programs, and summer camps. The UJA ShinShinim lead thousands of experiential education programs each year that focus on contemporary Israel and bring an authentic Israel experience to the Toronto community.

"An amazing experience! More than we ever expected. Our ShinShinit is like a daughter to us now and especially like a big sister to my daughter. We can't wait to visit her in Israel!" - 2014 UJA ShinShinim Host Family
families have opened their home to UJA ShinShinim since 2006
of host parents keep in touch with their UJA ShinShin
2024-2025 Partner Institutions
Day Schools
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA)
  • Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School
  • Habonim Jewish Heritage School
  • The Toronto Heschel School
  • Bialik Hebrew Day School
  • Leo Baeck Day School
  • Netivot HaTorah Day School
  • Associated Hebrew Day School
  • Torah High
  • TanenbaumCHAT
  • Beth David B'nai Israel Beth Am
  • Beth Tzedec Congregation
  • Beth Shalom Synagogue
  • First Narayever Congregation
  • City Shul
  • Darchei Noam
  • Temple Har Zion
  • Temple Emanue-El
  • Adath Israel Congregation
  • Beit Rayim Synagogue
  • Holy Blossom Temple
  • Temple Sinai
  • Shaarei Tefillah
  • Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue
  • Beth Tikvah
Youth Movements & Community Centres
  • BBYO
  • JCC
  • Reena
Welcome and good luck to the amazing team of 2024-2025 UJA ShinShinim!
  • Alon Knaan
  • Evyatar Cohen
  • Hila Malka
  • Hilli Nachim Beit On
  • Li-Or Koren
  • Lia Lubovsky
  • Lital Dubinin
  • Maya Libanov
  • Maya Tal
  • Neta Galia Wijsboom
  • Noam Tzfania
  • Noga Avisar
  • Noia Ben Amram
  • Ofir Bar
  • Shahar Varshavsky
  • Shilat Reuvel
  • Tal Tillinger
  • Yahel Ron
  • Yeela Harnoy
  • Yoav Molshanski-Mor
  • Yonatan More
  • Yuval knoller

For more information, please contact Israel Engagement at israelengagement@ujafed.org or call 416.635.2883 x 5816.

UJA's Shinshinim