Federation’s New Shilicha (Israeli Emissary) 

I grew up in Beit Shemesh (a small town near Jerusalem) with my parents Zeev and Gaby and two brothers. My parents are literature teachers. My older brother (David) is currently a Shalich in Germany and my younger brother is doing a volunteer gap year as a nature tour guide in Eilat. (the most southern city in Israel.)

 

In my last year of high school, I decided to have a year of studying and volunteering away from home. I studied in the morning and volunteered in a music center teaching creative writing in the afternoon. I focused my studies in high school on the expanded subjects of bible, art, literature and Jewish philosophy. I love learning and because of that, I decided after my last year of high school to push my army service off for a year and study Jewish philosophy.

In 2016 I was drafted into the IDF’s education unit, where I was directed to learn Israel’s geography to further educate other soldiers. August 2017, I started the IDF’s officer training course after that I worked with non-commissioned officers to help them move up through the ranks. I loved my job, the special thing about it was I had to come to work every day and be ready to learn from everyone I met!

 

My hobbies are to read (especially poetry), write and take hikes. I love being in nature, climbing, learning, cooking, playing guitar and piano and drawing. I speak Hebrew, English, and German fluently and like to practice with everyone I meet.

 

Judaism excites me and gives me new ways to learn and grow as a person. I am very excited to be coming to Utah. I have heard that Utah is a very special community that is a welcoming a place for all the types of people. Community is very important to me. I am looking forward to being a part of the Jewish community and to share all I know as a Jewish Israeli.

What does a Shlicha do?

 

Each year, Israel sends between 1,500 and 1,750 Israeli emissaries into communities around the world to strengthen Jewish identity and connection to Israel.  Our Utah emissary will serve as a year-round resource for Israel education in our communities, as well as working with our temples, synagogues and social service partners.