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Israel Engagement Program

Israeli Emissary Delegation (Shlichim)

The goal of the Israel Emissary program is to ensure the future of an engaged and committed Colorado Jewish community with Israel at its core. The program is provided in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel, one of our major overseas partners.

To achieve its goal, the program focuses on three key strategies:

ADVOCATE

For Israel in collaboration with the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and
outreach to non-Jewish communities.

CONNECT

Building personal relationships
through events, partnerships
and travel to Israel.

EDUCATE

About people, culture, the land and
the state of Israel through speaking
opportunities and resource materials

OSNAT FOX
Senior Community Israel Emissary
SHLICHAH

Osnat is from our partnership region in Ramat HaNegev, Israel. She has a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters in Education. Osnat has experience creating and leading youth and community based programs. She is here with her husband and three children for three years. As the Senior Community Emissary, Osnat works to bring Israel to Colorado and Colorado to Israel; and to educate,
connect and advocate for Israel.

YAEL FIRUZMAND
Teen Israel Emissary
SHINSHINIT

Yael is from Holon and grew up with her parents and three older brothers. She studied chemistry and biology at an agricultural high school. Yael loves nature and music. She sang in her school choir and is hoping to find opportunities to sing here in Colorado.

OFEK HOD
Teen Israel Emissary
SHINSHIN

Ofek grew up in Kiryat Shmona and attended the Eastern Mediterranean International School where he worked towards his IB diploma. He enjoys studying mathematics and languages. In Ofek’s free time he loves to sing and play the piano and guitar. He also likes reading books, listening to music, and watching TV series and movies, all in foreign languages.

IDO MANNOR
Teen Israel Emissary
SHINSHIN

Ido lives in Midreshet Ben Gurion, a community in Ramat HaNegev. He attended a high school that focused on environmental studies and enjoyed learning about the land of Israel as well as studying theater. He loves playing ultimate frisbee and played with the Israeli national team. He also enjoys photography.

TALIA SCHWIMER
Teen Israel Emissary
SHINSHINIT

Talia grew up in Midreshet Ben Gurion in our partnership region of Ramat HaNegev. After living in such a small community for the majority of her life, she values the importance of a strong community life. She studied at an Environmental high school and majored in Chemistry and Theater. Talia likes to hike, draw, read, write, cook, and hang out with friends.

Yael, Ofek, Ido, and Talia work with Jewish children and teens at religious schools, youth groups, camps and Jewish clubs in Boulder and Denver to strengthen their connection to Jewish peoplehood and Israel.

There are many ways to get involved: Host a Shinshin, support the program, or participate as a partner.

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The Israel Emissary program is a service of JEWISHcolorado.