UJA's Shinshinim Blog

Inspiring D'var Israel by our ShinShinim

Nitai’s D’var Israel

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."

Two week ago, an Israeli citizen was murdered outside of a falafel restaurant in Gush Etzion, just for b…

We Must Understand Both Sides if We Want Peace

by Yael Gour-Lavie

Isaac Hertzog, the new chairman of the Jewish agency, visited the new cohort of ShinShinim during their first week of work in the Jewish community.

During the meeting, we presented a set of questions to him that referred to our program’s value and how our job in Toront…

Providing a Safe Space for Everyone

by Mark Kachuck

Machane Lev, or Camp Heart, was created out of a need for Jewish LGBTQ+ youth, to have a space to feel comfortable expressing themselves in a positive environment. Machane Lev is a place where campers can explore their Jewish Identity, connection to Israel, and be welcomed …

We love strengthening the bond between Israel and Toronto

by Lior Hameiri

Shinshinim is a Hebrew term that refers to Israeli high-school graduates who voluntarily defer their army service to do a year of service in Israel and Jewish communities around the world. The Shinshinim program, initiated by the Jewish Agency for Israel, was adopted by UJA…