Who are Pittsburgh's

Shinshinim שינשינים

Meet the 18-year-old emissaries in your neighborhood, connecting people of all ages to Israel and Israeli culture.

Look for them on Instagram: pittsburgh_shinshinim, Facebook: Pittsburgh Shinshinim, Twitter: pittsburgh_shinshinim, and Snapchat: Shinshinim2019!

Shinshinim 2020!

Sivan Avhar

Sivan Avhar

Sivan Avhar

Sivan Avhar

"I love Israel because it is a melting pot. People all around the world come to Israel and bring their cultures. It’s such a cultural diverse place."

Itamar Medina

Itamar Medina

Itamar Medina

Itamar Medina

"I believe that my will to go on Shlichut evolved from my curious nature. As a young man from Israel who was raised in a small community, my wish is to meet new people and learn new places."

Guy Hoffman

Guy Hoffman

Guy Hoffman

Guy Hoffman

"I have four years of experience at Hadracha in Karmiel's day camps in addition to five delegations to the USA and Europe including EKC and Diller in Pittsburgh."

Tamar Nawy

Tamar Nawy

Tamar Nawy

Tamar Nawy

"I have a double major in Music and Bible Studies because I really love to sing and I think Bible is amazing! think it is possible to learn from it a lot about my life today, about leaders and people's behaviors."

So... You want to know...

What are Shinshinim anyway?

What They Do

As Shinshinim

Israeli high school graduates defer their army service for one year in order to volunteer in English speaking communities.

How They Serve

For a Year in Pittsburgh

Strengthening the local Jewish community's connections with modern Israel and the concept of shared peoplehood.

Where to Find Them

In the Community

Frequently at the Jewish Community Center, Community Day School and Joint Jewish Education Program learning together and having fun!

Shinshinim מה חדש (What’s New?)

My week – Sivan

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 10, 2020

Hello everyone! Every week I’m teaching my students about a different part of the Israel Trail. This week we were talking about Ramon’s crater, and one of the most touristy places there, the colored sand. Where basically colored layers of rocks were created when the mountain was broken down. Therefore, we were making colored sand…

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Our First “Peak Week” – Shinshinim

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | January 21, 2020

Read about the Shinshinim’s first “Peak Week” doing activities together with students from Pre-K to Eighth grade where everyone learns about a special subject.

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My Week

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | December 13, 2019

Monday So our week started with two visitors from Columbus! We will let you know that they are planning to do something a little similar to what we are doing here in Pittsburgh. 😉 We had a wonderful time showing them around CDS, which is our main line of work for this year. After that…

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First Two Weeks In Pittsburgh

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | September 6, 2019

Shinshinim enjoy their first two weeks in Pittsburgh.

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Yom Ha’atzamut with the Shinshinim!

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | May 10, 2019

What a Yom Ha’azmaut! Today we celebrated the Israeli independence day! We started our day at Community Day School (CDS) singing and dancing with Israeli songs outside. Following the dancing, all of the school went inside to see the amazing Carnival that we’ve made for this special day! There was Israeli dancing, Israeli trivia, Israeli games…

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Shinshinim Update

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 24, 2019

Oneg Shabbat, Tikkun Olam, Diller Teen Fellows and Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrations Wow, what a couple of special weeks we’ve had!  Starting with a trivia game for the Oneg Shabbat at the Jewish Federation (a meeting held about the Jewish programming around the community) on a Friday afternoon that sent us to Shabbat with a smile, and…

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Pre-Independence Day Celebration at Beth El Congregation with the Shinshinim

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 11, 2019

Shinshinim Raz and Hadar celebrated Israel’s Independence a little early at Bel El Congregation yesterday. They played games and taught the children facts about Israel.

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The Shinshinim visit D.C. for the Israeli Elections

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | April 3, 2019

This weekend, we traveled to Washington D.C., and voted in the Israeli elections for the first time (and what a special first time it is to vote from across the sea)! It was a great experience. If you have any questions about the elections, write to us!  נשלחנו, הצבענו, השפענו! Raz – RLevin@jfedpgh.orgHadar –…

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The Shinshinim Celebrate Purim!

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | March 22, 2019

Purim in Pittsburgh! We had the best time dressing up with Pittsburgh community that definitely knows how to celebrate Purim! We took part with Community Day School’s and Beth Shalom Carnival. We played games, we did some art and craft and had a really good time. As always, it was fun to see you all!!…

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Jewish Federation’s Shinshinim Program to Double in Size

By Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh | February 27, 2019

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will double the size of its “Shinshinim” program, bringing four 18-year-old Israelis to Pittsburgh for a year of service beginning August 2019.

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Raz & Hadar Look Back on an AMAZING Year of Service

Do you have what it takes?

Host a Shinshin in Your Home for 5 Months

  • September 2021 – February 2022
  • Late February 2022 – August 2022

Provide a private bedroom for the Shinshin

Provide meals

Host them as part of the family

Families are preferred to also have children at home

Live in Squirrel Hill, Oakland, Point Breeze or Regent Square

Get ready to have a great time!

I think we have what it takes!

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