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CORRECTION: Be a Host Family for Young Emissaries from Israel


YE 2016-2017 B&WThe newest group of SNEC Israeli Young Emissaries will be arriving in the U.S. at the end of August. The Young Israeli Emissary Program is a ten-month volunteer service experience. Israeli high school graduates from the Afula Gilboa region who choose to defer their army service serve as young ambassadors for Israel to the communities in their partnership region in Southern New England.  They are placed in pairs in seven of the Southern New England Consortium’s (SNEC) communities, including Central and Western Massachusetts.

This year’s Young Emissaries in Central Mass. are:

Sahar Dayan comes from Moshav Talmey Elazar (next to Hadera). Her grandparents were founders of the moshav. She was a biology major in high school and loves singing and traveling. She would like to be a spokesperson for the IDF after her shlichut.

Yoav Luxenbourg comes from Halon (Central Israel – near Tel Aviv). He majored in computer science, but also loves English and history. He loves to read and play the guitar. His dream is to become a pilot for the IDF and is still in the selection process.

For more information, contact the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts at (508) 756-1543 or Liz Baker, Coordinator of the Young Emissary program at

In Western Mass.:

Ron Oren is passionate about music and theater and was a psychology major at her high school.  She is very warm and friendly and loves kids and dogs.  She would love to have a host family who has Shabbat dinner on Friday nights.

Aviv Ziv was a science major in high school.  He hopes to be a doctor someday.  He has a black belt in judo, and plays guitar.  He is also very friendly. Neither Emissary keeps kosher and both eat meat, speak English well, and would appreciate loving host parents who are excited to learn about Israel!

If you would consider being a host family, please contact Ronda Jackowitz (Israel Desk Director) at as soon as possible.





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