Meet Cleveland’s New Shin Shins!
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Meet the Israeli teens who join us in Cleveland for one year to teach our community about Israeli life and culture. The Shin Shins (Israeli emissaries) are young adults who just graduated high school and have come to volunteer in our community prior to their service in the Israeli Army. They are excited to represent Israel in Cleveland and invite you to reach out especially if you have a teenager at home – whether it’s joining your family for a Shabbat dinner or grabbing a cup of coffee – they are excited to make a personal connection with you! They will be volunteering with congregations and various teen programs in Cleveland so we hope they meet your family.
Name: Noam C.
Favorite Food: Hamburgers (without cheese!)
Favorite TV Show: South Park
Favorite Jewish holiday or Israeli tradition: Chanukah, because I like the sufganiyot (jelly donuts). They served sufganiyot to us on our first day in Cleveland, and I thought, “This is like Chanukah year-round!”
One thing that you are most excited to share with Cleveland: I am excited to show Cleveland how Israel looks like from the inside. I want people to know that Israel is warm – both the weather and the people!
Name: Yuval L.
City: Beit Shean
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy
Favorite Hebrew Word: Mtsuyan, meaning “great”
One thing that you are most excited to share with Cleveland: I want to show Cleveland that we have many things in common. Israel is so much more than a desert! This is my second time in Cleveland – I love this community and I’m so excited to be back!
Name: Itamar C.
City: Ramat Gan
Favorite Food: Schnitzel or Shakshuka – my mom is an amazing cook!
Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Hebrew Word: Ahlalam, meaning an informal “hello”
Favorite Jewish holiday or Israeli tradition: Mimouna, which is a Moroccan celebration that we observe after Passover. We dress up in special outfits and eat. We celebrate every year with my whole family.
Hobbies/Interests: I love music. I play guitar, piano, and I beatbox!
One thing you are most excited to share with Cleveland: I am excited to share my story. I am a relaxed, normal teenager, who likes to help others!
Name: Lotem R.
Favorite Food: Chocolate, and my dad’s Shakshuka!
Favorite TV Show: Life Is Not Everything – an Israeli comedy show
Favorite Hebrew word: Sababa, meaning “cool”
Favorite Jewish holiday or Israeli tradition: I like Yom Kippur because it’s a holiday when you have time to yourself, put away your technology, and have no distractions.
Hobbies/Interests: I like dancing, especially modern and classic ballet. I also love dogs!
One thing you are most excited to share with Cleveland: I am excited to get to know everyone, especially the teens! I want to show them all the things we have in common.