The CZF Ivy Shlichut Project
The Israel Volunteer (Ivy) Shilchut program sends young Israeli post- army adults to small communities in Canada for a short 2 month emissary program. The shlichim are trained as educators to bring meaningful resources and education to the whole community- synagogues, schools, Hillel, JCC and more. The program is undertaken in two time periods: September and October for the High Holidays, March and April for Purim, Passover and the Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations.
The CZF Ivy Shlichut Project Starts in Halifax
The Canadian Zionist Federation is pleased to announce a new program as part of its outreach to smaller Jewish communities. For the next two months, in partnership with the World Zionist Organization, and the Atlantic Jewish Council, an emissary from Israel will be in Halifax and other Atlantic Jewish communities providing a variety of Israel engagement programs and activities developed by the Department of Diaspora Affairs of the World Zionist Organization. The program will also be run in Saskatoon this year.
World Zionist Organization Director of the Department for Diaspora Activities, Ms. Gusti Yehoshua Braverman, welcomed the start of the program in Canada and said: "For the first time, this program, which has been so successful in Latin America, will be provided in English in North American. This is a significant step in realizing the vision that the Ivy Shlichut program will reach out to small communities all over the globe. In addition to numerous locations in Latin America the program will also be in place in Spain and Hong Kong this year.”
Les Rothschild, President of CZF, stated “We are very excited to have this program start in Canada. It will enable us to further service small Canadian Jewish communities that normally could not afford to have an Israeli emissary or be part of the Shinshin program offered by the Jewish Agency.
Lior Sagi, Education Program Coordinator of the Canadian Zionist Federation planned and organized the program together with Naomi Rosenfeld, Executive Director of the Atlantic Jewish Council in Halifax and Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky in Saskatoon. Lior explained that “the programs to be offered have been proven to be successful around the world. They include Tachles, a unique approach to the study of Hebrew and Israeli Culture and Cooking in Hebrew a wonderfully interactive experience of Jewish holidays and seasons through food. Through films, lectures and round table discussions, the connection to Israel will be enhanced for all age groups”
Naomi Rosenfeld stated “We are thrilled that Atlantic Canada is the first Canadian community to be hosting a CZF Ivy shlicha. We have no doubt that both the talents and the programs that Lucy brings to our community will have a huge impact connecting us to Israel.”
Lucy Kleinerman is the Ivy shlicha going to Halifax. She is no stranger to Canada as she has spent the past year as the Hillel Israel Fellow at York University in Toronto. “I am so pleased that I have another opportunity to work with Canadians, this time in a part of the country that I have not seen before. “ Lucy said. She is an experienced educator and lives in Rehovot, Israel.
The Canadian Zionist Federation is the Canadian affiliate of the World Zionist Organization and is providing a variety of Israel engagement programs to small Jewish communities across Canada
In the picture: Les Rothschild, President of the CZF; Lucy Kleinerman , CZF Shlicha; Lior Sagi, CZF Education Coordinator
Lucy’s First Month in Halifax
"I have been in Atlantic Canada for one month now. In that short time so many exciting and interesting things have happened. I will try and report the highlights I have participated in a variety of different planned activities and events in the community and I also created some new ones.
I took part in a multicultural festival, representing Israel. During that event, I unexpectedly met the Mayor of Halifax. He told me about his visit to Israel and how much he enjoyed it. He specifically liked Haifa, as it reminded him of Halifax :)
I have spoken in the local synagogues, and met and continue to meet members of those communities I was involved in a Rosh Hashanah dinner, Junior Congregation, Hebrew school and an activity for teenagers (JOLT),
I took part in apple picking for Rosh Hashanah, and an apple crisp making, community BBQ. I also cooked Friday dinner for young women who are working and studying in Halifax.
I led a discussion after screening the movie "Ben-Gurion, Epilogue". I launched a seven week program of Hebrew lessons for adults.
A nice surprise was my quick trip to Saint John's, Newfoundland together with the Consul General of Israel on his official visit. Included in the event there was a meeting at Hillel at Memorial University
I am very excited about my next month here which will include a variety of different events bringing everyone a little closer to Israel".
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