I'm Noa Shulman and I'm going to be your next Shinshinit.
My name is Ilay Shimony. Together with my friend Noa Shulman, I’m going to be the next Shinshin at Temple Sinai and Bialik Hebrew Day School! After meeting David and Annette in Israel and learning a little bit about your lovely community, I would like to introduce myself shortly.
I live in a small village called Nirit, in the center of Israel. This is a very small place with about 300 families, and the only shop we have here is a grocery store!
My mother, Orna, is a theater designer, and my father, Eran, is a partner at a law firm. I have two younger siblings; my brother May is 14 years old, and my sister Noga is 10.
I study in an environmental leadership development program in “HaKfar HaYarok” high school – an agricultural youth village next to Tel Aviv. Students from all across the country come to study there, and the opportunity to become friends with so many varied and interesting people is what makes HaKfar HaYarok so special for me. My majors are Computer Science and Social Studies, and I chose this combination in order to enrich my knowledge in these two interesting and useful areas.
Since grade 3, I have been a member of “B’nei HaMoshavim” youth movement. After being a counsellor for a year, I became in charge of the guidance in Nirit. In this capacity I built an annual educational process, on topics such as leadership, social involvement and Israeli society. I develop the contents and supervise them, and I guide the counsellors about the monthly topics. I enjoy it very much, and I see it as a great responsibility to educate our students, to discuss social dilemmas with them and to design the society of the future using our guidance tools.
Moreover, I am the ‘young reporters’ coordinator of the most popular teen magazine and teen website in Israel - “Rosh Ehad”. I do it for about four years, and I am in charge of our 30 reporters. I edit their articles, initiate special projects and write by myself. I also have a weekly spot about social networks in a teenagers’ TV news program in Israeli Channel 1.
I find it very important to promote social change in the content that I responsible for, and I mostly write about issues such as young entrepreneurs, social problems, and the Israeli education system (This year, I interviewed our Minister of Education in a live broadcast, and also the former one).
I am really excited for next year, and can't wait to meet you all in Toronto and to learn everything possible about the community and the city. I hope I will manage to bring Israel through my eyes all the way to Canada, and I am sure that this will be an unforgettable year!
See you soon,