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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 and youth in the Jewish community as part of the ShinShinim program.

What exactly is a ShinShin?
ShinShin is an acronym for the Hebrew words Shanat Sherut, meaning year of service. ShinShinim (plural form) 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.

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.

The ShinShin volunteer who will be working at the JCC
is Tomer Tetro
(photo: middle) from Ashkelon. 
Tomir brings unique talents, her love of Israel and true Israeli sprit and will educate our teens and the community about Israel and Israeli culture, and in doing so will make Israel come alive for us.