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Shinshinim” is an acronym for “Shnat Sherut” - year of service. This word describes a program developed by the Jewish Agency for Israel and supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto. Israeli high school graduates are carefully selected to volunteer for a year abroad. The Shinshinim bring a modern, religious sense of Israel and Israeli culture to our community. 

Previously, Shaarei Shomayim has partnered with Netivot HaTorah Day School and Bnei Akiva to welcome the Shinshinim.


I’m Stav Dreyer, the new UJA shinshinit at the Shaarei Tefillah congregation, and I am very happy to come be a part of your community! I am originally from a small town in the Sharon district called “Tzur Yigal”. I love anything to do with nature- hiking, diving and even skiing (which I hope to experience in Toronto!).  I am so excited to begin this year. I chose to do this gap year because I believe strengthening the connection between Jews in the diaspora and in Israel is a very important mission, and I am so fortunate to be able to take part in it. I am thrilled to learn all about Toronto, and I am especially excited to learn about the differences between our cultures and customs. Can’t wait to meet you all in person!

Hey there, I’m Daniel Schorr, I’m your new shinshin. Firstly, I am very excited to be at the amazing Shaarei Tefillah community that I’ve heard so much about! Here’s a little about me:  I’m from Baka, Jerusalem. I’ve lived there all my life. I Iove swimming, hiking, biking and just being outdoors, especially when it’s sunny. I chose this gap year because both my parents are olim and I see how important the good connection and familiarity between Israel and the Jews in the diaspora is, especially at times like these. I hope to learn about life in Canada, how it’s different from the one of a Jew in Israel, and what different customs you have. I also like seeing new places and learning about their history and culture, so please do show me around!

Sat, 20 April 2024 12 Nisan 5784