UJA's Israel Engagement Shinshinim

UJA’s Israel Engagement ShinShinim are young Israeli leaders who have just finished high school and come to the GTA for one year to volunteer in our community. Each year, the UJA ShinShinim are hosted by local Toronto families, and engage more than 3,000 Jewish community members with cutting edge programs focusing on contemporary Israel.

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto has the largest delegation of ShinShinim in the world – currently 22. Toronto’s ShinShinim are active in over 40 day schools, synagogues, supplementary schools, youth movements, community programs, and summer camps across Toronto, with increasing demand each and every year. The UJA ShinShinim informally teach about Israel through creative programs and challenging discussions, bringing an authentic Israel experience to the Toronto Community.

Interested in hosting a UJA ShinShin?

Families open their home, lives and hearts to an amazing experience.


Having a UJA ShinShin in your home not only helps to connect your family but also build connections within your community and beyond.


Families develop lifelong relationships with Israel & Israelis.

We're looking for families with:

A family with a love for hosting, a welcoming home and a want and desire to include a UJA ShinShin in the family’s life and activities.


Families with a home that has a private room for the UJA ShinShin.

"An amazing experience! More than we ever expected. Our ShinShinit is like a daughter to us now and especially like a big sister to my daughter. We can't wait to visit her in Israel!" - 2014 ShinShinim Host Family
families have opened their home to ShinShinim since 2006
of host parents keep in touch with their ShinShin
Partner Institutions
Day Schools
  • Associated Hebrew Schools
  • Bialik Hebrew Day School
  • Montessori Jewish Day School
  • Netivot HaTorah Day School
  • Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School
  • Robbins Hebrew Academy
  • The Leo Baeck Day School
  • Toronto Heschel School
  • Adath Israel Congregation
  • Beit Rayim Synagogue
  • Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue
  • Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am
  • Beth Sholom Synagogue
  • Beth Tikvah Synagogue
  • Beth Tzedec Congregation
  • City Shul
  • First Narayever Congregation
  • Holy Blossom Temple
  • Shaarei Tefillah
  • Temple Har Zion
  • Temple Sinai
  • Darchei Noam Reconstructionist Synagogue
Youth Movements & Programs
  • BBYO
  • Bnei Akiva
  • Canadian Young Judaea
  • Diller Teen Fellows Program
  • Downtown Jewish Community School
  • Hillel Ontario
  • J-Life
  • Jewish Service Program
  • URJ Camp George
  • Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa
  • Camp Gesher
  • Camp Kadimah
  • Camp Moshava
  • Camp Northland B'nai Brith
  • Camp Ramah
  • Camp Shalom
  • Camp Solelim
Welcome and good luck to the amazing team of ShinShinim 2019-2020!
  • Alona Laufer
  • Ariella Josman
  • Avia Verberg Rozalio
  • Ben Daniel
  • Danna Goffen/li>
  • Elad Ariely
  • Gal Goren
  • Gaya Koren Margi
  • Lihi Klein
  • Lior Cohen
  • Maayan Gean
  • Matan Ben Ami
  • Noga Uchovsky
  • Ofri Ohayon
  • Ori Rapoport
  • Ravid Shteinberg
  • Ron Baskind
  • Shalev Dahan
  • Roni Bareket
  • Tair Dayan
  • Yael Solomon
  • Yossi Eliahu

For more information, please contact Israel Engagement at israelengagement@ujafed.org or call 416.635.2883 x 5816.