D’var Israel — September 29, 2016

Noa Amir and Aviv Shabo
D’var Israel

Hello everyone!

We are the new ShinShinim of Temple Sinai, and we are so excited to be here and tell you a little bit about ourselves.

My name is Aviv Shabo, and I want to tell you about one of my biggest dreams:

There is a saying, “And the dreams that you dare to dream. Really do come true.” Since the beginning of middle school, I have always had a dream, the dream of representing Israel — being the face of Israel abroad

In the past, I thought that it’s an impossible dream for me to reach. I was not be the best athlete, so the Olympics was not an option. I’m not a girl, so no Miss Universe either. I wondered, what am I good at?

In high school, I started to answer this question for myself. I studied more, came home later than I used to, started using public transportation and started working to get my own money.

I joined the leadership group at scouts, got to be a counsellor for kids, and did my Bagrut exams, army tests. While it was not easy, there is a saying: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And now after this part of my life, I can tell you that because of all that I have been through, I was ready to take on this role — to be an emissary for the State of Israel. I am so happy to be one of your ShinShinim this year at Temple Sinai — where my dream has now come true.

I am 18 years old from Oranit, a small city in the centre of Israel. My majors at high school were chemistry and social sciences, and I love history. I was a scout for six years — as a camper and as a counsellor. I love travelling, trying new things and meeting new people.

During this coming year, Noa and I will be here with you to discover your community, to get to know you all, and to talk about Israel and our world. I feel so lucky to be in Toronto and to work in one of the biggest and strongest Jewish communities in the world! I just know we will have a year full of great experiences.

Just remember, we are here to meet with you all and talk with you all. So please, if you ever see me here or anywhere else, come up to me just to say shalom!

Wishing you all a good and successful year, and thank you for having me this year with you.

My name is Noa Amir, and I want to tell you why I decided to be a ShinShinit whose job is to bring Israel to Toronto.

I absolutely love Israel and believe that Israel is the best place in the world. No matter what is happening, has happened, or will happen, Israel is the best.

And as an Israeli who is used to living outside of Israel, in the Caribbean, I always feel the need to connect with Israel. This year, I would like to try and share with you my Israel. I know that each and every one of the ShinShinim has a different Israel to bring to you, but mine is really good.

When I was 12, I went to a Jewish summer camp and I got to know all of the different ways Jewish people express their beliefs. It was then that I realized that I didn’t really have a Jewish identity. So, I decided to look for it and discovered that the majority of the synagogues in Israel are Orthodox, which I felt was not the right place for me.

But I remembered what I learned at camp, and after thinking about it — and learning a bit more about the different movements in Judaism — I figured out that Reform was the right fit for me. And I am so happy to be here to learn more about how you express your Judaism.

For the next year, Aviv and I will be here with you, sharing with you our Israel, and learning from you about Jewish life in the diaspora. We will see you at Shabbat services, at Sunday school, with Temple Sinai youth group and on youth trips — and so much more.

Please come and talk to both of us, we have so much to learn from you and so much to share. We are here to have a great time, and if you come talk to us or come to our programs, we promise to make it a good time for you too.

Shanah Tovah u’Metukah,
Aviv and Noa