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Israeli Teens Coming to Vancouver for a Year of Volunteer Service

Three teens from Israel are coming to Vancouver this August to spend a year volunteering with children in the Jewish community as part of the ShinShinim program. The teens will educate local students about Israel and Israeli culture, and in doing so will make Israel come alive for them. They will volunteer with the Jewish Community Centre , Congregation Beth Israel, , King David High School, Richmond Jewish Day School, Temple Sholom, and Vancouver Talmud Torah. Jewish Federation has collaborated with these organizations to bring the teens to Vancouver.

The three ShinShinim volunteers are Tomer Tetro (middle) from Ashkelon, Lian Suissa (right) from Qiryat Gat and Ophir Golombek (left) from Ness Tziona. Each of them brings unique talents, and together they will bring their love of Israel and true Israeli sprit.

These ShinShinim are not just any teens. They are already leaders in their community through their involvement at school and in programs such as Israeli Scouts and their local youth council. ShinShinim volunteer positions are highly coveted, with only 100 teens selected this year out of 1,500 applicants.

ShinShinim is an acronym for the Hebrew words Shanat Sherut, meaning year of service. ShinShinim is a gap year program for Israeli teenagers who, upon completing high school, opt to defer their compulsory military service. Instead, they spend a year as an Israel emissary in communities around the world. This year, ShinShinim volunteers are going to 16 different countries and will work with 400 different organizations including schools, synagogues and community centres.

There’s something about this place…

Whether you are new to fitness or looking for a great new place to work out, you belong in our gym, fitness centre or swimming pool. Aside from the fabulous fitness programs our JCC has an array of excellent educational and cultural programs for every age from 6 weeks to 120!

Membership has many benefits

Along with parking, you also receive member discounts on an array of JCC programs, and unlimited FREE access to the following:

  • Spacious co-ed weight room with state of the art cardiovascular and weight training equipment
  • Group fitness classes
  • Complimentary fitness consultation and program
  • Yoga classes
  • Aquafit classes
  • Racquetball and Squash
  • Recreational and lane swims in our swimming pool
  • Isaac Waldman Library Membership
  • WIFI
  • Member Only Movie Nights

Enjoy these Member Perks!


Join us for these great family films in the Wosk Auditorium, featuring the NEW sound system and screen..
Dinner 5:30pm; Movie 6:00pm
Dinner: $7 + gst.
Sponsored in part by the Reay family
Please RSVP to Membership desk

Thursday March 26
Penguins of Madagascar

Wednesday April 29
Marley & Me

Thursday June 4
KIDS PICK: SpongeBob: out of Water

Wednesday June 24
Last Day of School:  Paddington

Contact the Membership Department

Alexis Doctor
Membership Director



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