“Shnat Sherut - Year of Service”

The Macks Center for Jewish Education is proud to oversee Baltimore’s shinshinim program. A “shinshin” is an 18-year-old Israeli emissary sent by the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel to communities abroad with the goal of educating people of all ages about Israel and Israeli culture.

Two young shlichim, Nir Yakobov and Aviya Nagar, from our Israeli sister city, Ashkelon, deferred their army service for one year to participate in the highly selective program, developed and facilitated by the Jewish Agency for Israel, through which they receive training.

Baltimore’s shinshinim bring ruach Yisraeli [Israeli spirit] to the people with whom they work and provide informal programming to build Jewish identity and educate children and adults about the Jewish homeland.

In Baltimore, the shinshinim work with the following schools and groups:
The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Religious School
Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School
Beth Tfiloh Preschool
Beth Israel Joseph and Corinne Schwartz Hebrew School
Elijah Cummings Youth Program
Jewish Community Services’ Jewish Big Brother Big Sister
Kesher School
Krieger Schechter Day School
Shoshana S. Cardin School
Rabbi Gustav and Sheila Buchdahl Religious School of Temple Emanuel
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Preschool

Host Families
Each shinshin rotates through three host families during his/her stay in Baltimore. These families serve as a home-away-from home for the shinshinim.
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For more information, please contact Eti Froimovich at 410-735-5035 or

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CJE is an agency funded by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.