The newest shlichim - Israeli emissaries –have arrived in the United States to begin their tenure in the Westchester Jewish community. Nadav Shachmon will serve as the community’s fourth shaliach (Israeli emissary) and Lior Malul, Carmel Mena, Adi Nulman and Yuval Shiran, working under Shachmon’s supervision, will serve as the second team of community shinshinim (young Israeli emissaries.)
The goal of the Westchester community shlicut program, launched in the summer of 2013 with generous funding from UJA-Federation of New York and overseen by the Westchester Jewish Council, is to expose the community to the diversity of Israel through education and engagement. The shinshinim component was introduced in Westchester in August 2017. This program attracts Israeli students who have completed their senior year in high school and wish to participate as Israeli emissaries prior to joining the IDF.
This year, the four shinshinim will work with 15 partner organizations around the county – including the following synagogues, day schools and Hillels: Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Carmel Academy, Temple Israel Center of White Plains, Jewish Community Center of Harrison, Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont & Emanu-El, Shaarei Tikvah, Pelham Jewish Center, Beth El Synagogue Center of New Rochelle, Temple Shaaray Tefila, Congregation Kol Ami, Larchmont Temple, Temple Israel of New Rochelle, Westchester Jewish Center, Shames JCC on the Hudson and Hillels of Westchester. Each year, The Jewish Agency for Israel sends over 1,500 shlichim around the world to strengthen Jewish identity and connection to Israel. The selection process for shlichim is extremely competitive, and participants represent the best of Israel.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Nadav Shachmon attended high school in the Conservative movement. In the army Nadav served as an officer in the medical corps, training and preparing doctors, paramedics, and senior medics for their service. Nadav has worked in the field of Jewish education for more than 10 years. In his previous position he was the national director of Telem, the youth department of the Jewish Reform movement in Israel. Nadav’s first shlichut was in Melbourne, Australia where he worked with the progressive Jewish community and the Reform youth movement Netzer.
Nadav holds a BA in Psychology from Tel Aviv Academic College and an MBA with a specialty in psychology from the College of Management Academic Studies. Nadav is married to his partner, Aylee, and until recently lived in the center of Tel Aviv.
Lior Malul is from Moshav Amazya, next to the city of Kiryat Gat in southern Israel. Lior graduated from Tzafit high school and majored in chemistry and physical education. Lior was a counselor in the youth movement Bnei HaMoshavim for two years and most recently held a leadership role in the movement. In addition, Lior takes part in a Jewish leadership program called Diller Teen Fellows, a program that connects Jews around the world. He went on a Diller mission to Chicago in April 2017 and to Belgrade in February 2018.
Carmel Mena is from Michmanim, a small village in the Galilee. Carmel loves music; she studies vocal development and piano and participates in several choirs, among them HaZamir- a Jewish musical youth movement, where she serves as the Teen Leader of the group. She was also a counselor at the youth movement of Haichud Hahaklai (the Agricultural Union). Carmel majored in chemistry and music.
Adi Nulman is from Jerusalem. Adi graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and majored in music, Spanish and math. Adi plays the violin and has been a member of various orchestras and ensembles, performing before audiences both in Israel and in Europe. Adi has been a member of the Hebrew Scouts Youth Movement since 4th grade. During her last three years she was a counselor for 7th graders, became head of 8th grade counselors and finished as the main coordinator for the teens in grades 7-9.
Yuval Shiran is from Ness Ziona. Yuval graduated from Golda Meir high school and majored in chemistry and computer science. Yuval is the head of counselors in her youth movement, Krembo Wings, for children with and without special needs. In addition, she participated in a counselor-in-training program at Y Country Camp, a Jewish summer camp in Montreal, Canada, for 2 years.
“We are very fortunate and excited to have Nadav, Lior, Carmel, Adi and Yuval in our community. We know that each one of them will bring their unique perspectives about Israel to our diverse Westchester Jewish community through a variety of programs, conversations, roundtables and more,” said Elliot Forchheimer, Executive Director, Westchester Jewish Council.
The Westchester Jewish Council connects Westchester’s Jewish communities and strengthens relationships among Jewish organizations and other ethnic and faith based groups, elected officials and the community at large. For more information, visit www.wjcouncil.org, or call 914-328-7001.