New shinshinim ready to ‘talk tachles’ in adult ed series

Chen Dinatzi and Tamir Shecory are Tucson's latest Israeli teen volunteers. (Courtesy Weintraub Israel Center)

Chen Dinatzi and Tamir Shecory, Tucson’s second cohort of shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries), will present a series of Israel education events for adults, “Talking Tachles with Chen and Tamir” at community congregations and organizations. Tachles is a slang Hebrew word, derived from Yiddish, that means “to the point” or “give it to me straight.”

“Chen and Tamir enjoy working with kids of all ages and were looking for an opportunity to also share ‘their Israel’ with a group of adults,” explains Weintraub Israel Center Director Oshrat Barel, who oversees Tucson’s shinshinim program.

Each event has a different topic, starting with “Typical Israeli Life Path” on Sunday, Jan. 21,4-5:30 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Next is “10 Reasons Why You Should Go to Israel” on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 5-6:30 p.m. at Tucson Hebrew Academy. “The 2011 Israel Tent Protest or Why Cottage Cheese Costs More in Israel” follows on Saturday, Feb. 17, 12:45-2 p.m. at Congregation Bet Shalom. Congregation Chaverim will host the pair for “Tikkun Olam in Israel” on Sunday, March 4, 3-5 p.m. Chen and Tamir will present “Couscous, Lasagna and Ballet Shoes” at Congregation Anshei Israel on Saturday, March 17, 12:15-1:30 p.m., followed by “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” at Congregation Or Chadash on Sunday, March 18, 3-4:30 p.m. The final talk in the series will be “Sephardi, Ashkenazi and Everything in Between” on Sunday, March 25, 2-4 at Temple Emanu-El.

“The added value of this program is that each event will take place in a different venue in our community,” says Barel, allowing participants “to explore Israel through Chen and Tamir’s eyes and feel the partnership between all the congregations, THA, the J and the Federation that brought the shinshinim program to Tucson.”

For more information, contact the hosting organizations.