Westchester Jewish Council announced the arrival in White Plains of the the newest shlichim—Israeli emissaries—who were welcomed to the community at the Annual Westchester Jewish Leadership Reception. Nadav Shachmon is the community’s fourth shaliach and Lior Malul, Carmel Mena, Adi Nulman and Yuval Shiran will serve under Shachmon’s supervision as the community’s shinshinim, young Israeli emissaries. The team will help strengthen the community’s connection to Israel.
Launched in the summer of 2013, the Westchester community shlichut program, overseen by the Westchester Jewish Council, with funding from UJA-Federation of New York, aims to expose the community to the diversity of Israel through education and engagement. The shinshinim component was introduced in August 2017. Shinshinim are Israeli students who have graduated from high school who wish to serve as Israeli emissaries prior to joining the IDF.
The Jewish Agency for Israel conducts the selection process for shlichim, a highly popular and competitive undertaking. Each year, the Agency sends out 1,500 shlichim to all parts of the world, to strengthen Jewish identity and connection to Israel.
Shachmon was born and raised in Jerusalem and served as an officer in the medical corps, training and preparing doctors, paramedics and senior medics for their service. Having worked in Jewish education for more than 10 years, Shachmon was the national director of Telem, the youth department of the Jewish Reform movement in Israel. His first shlichut was in Melbourne, Australia, where he worked with the progressive Jewish community and the Netzer youth movement. He holds a BA in psychology from Tel Aviv Academic College and an MBA from the College of Management Academic Studies.
Malul, from Moshav Amazya in southern Israel, graduated from Tzafit High School with majors in chemistry and physical education. Malul was both a counselor and leader in the Bnei HaMoshavim youth movement and participated in Diller Teen Fellows, a Jewish leadership program that connects Jews around the world.
Mena is from Michmanim, a small village in the Galilee. Mena loves music and has studied vocal development and piano, in addition to having participated in several choirs, among them HaZamir—a Jewish musical youth movement. She served as a counselor in the Haichud Hahaklai (the Agricultural Union) youth movement.
Coming from Jerusalem is Nulman, who graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and majored in music, Spanish and math. She plays the violin and was a member of various orchestras and ensembles, performing before audiences in Israel as well as in Europe. Nulman served as a Hebrew Scouts Youth Movement counselor for many years and was the main coordinator for the teens program.
Shiran’s family lives in Ness Ziona. She graduated from Golda Meir High School with majors in chemistry and computer science. A participant in the youth movement, Krembo Wings, a program for children with and without special needs, Shiran also served as head counselor. She was a counselor-in-training at Y Country Camp, a Jewish summer camp in Montreal, Canada, for two years.
Elliot Forchheimer, executive director, Westchester Jewish Council, explained, “We are very fortunate and excited to have Nadav, Lior, Carmel, Adi and Yuval in our community. We know that each one of them will bring their unique perspectives about Israel to our diverse Westchester Jewish community through a variety of programs, conversations, roundtables and more.”
This year the four shinshinim will work with 15 partner organizations around the county, including Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Carmel Academy, Temple Israel Center of White Plains, Jewish Community Center of Harrison, Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-El, Shaarei Tikvah, Pelham Jewish Center, Beth El Synagogue Center of New Rochelle, Temple Shaaray Tefila, Congregation Kol Ami, Larchmont Temple, Temple Israel of New Rochelle, Westchester Jewish Center, Shames JCC on the Hudson and Hillels of Westchester.
By Yvette Finkelstein