Shinshinim Scene

Fresh from visit home, teens to bring ‘spice’

Shay Friedwald and Danielle Levy, Southern Arizona’s shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries), in San Francisco, where they stopped before heading home to Israel during their winter break.

Hello Friends,

We have just returned from our vacation at home, in Israel. Our vacation was great, but it’s good to be back! We are excited to start again and see all of our friends.

In this second half of our year in Tucson, we have so many fun things planned, such as cooking shows at the Tucson Jewish Community Center and the Tucson Mall. We are excited to participate in our first “Think Tank” at Congregation Bet Shalom on Feb. 29 at 1 p.m.

We are starting a “tour of Israel” series, which will help us teach all about our beautiful country.

During our stay in Israel, both of us had to process the first half of the year together.

It has been quite a journey, with ups and downs, but we figured that we are here for a reason. We are not here to make you more Jewish, we are here to make you more Israeli. For the first half of our stay, working in the different institutions, we concentrated on introducing different aspects of Israel. We dealt with music, food, the army, TV shows, Israeli spirit, and the way of life there.

Now, after we have provided that knowledge base, we will present a tour from the south to the north of the country. The kids will see how those aspects of Israeli life appear in each city from a different perspective. In the upcoming second semester, we will be giving you as much Israeli “spice” as we can.

We can’t wait to start. Yalla — let’s go!

— Danielle Levy and Shay Friedwald