Each year the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) sends over 1,000 Israeli emissaries (schlichim) to communities like our very own to assist in the strengthening of local Jewish identity and the connection to Israel.
Schlichim are provided the tools for building educational programs for the communities which they serve by JAFI. We are lucky to work with these incredible people and our shaliach will help provide a personal connection for us to Israel, or as some may say, our homeland.
Meet our Shaliach Arkady Hasidovich, who came to Southern New Jersey with his wife, Vika and their children, Itamar and Alma in August of 2018. Arkady puts much of his focus on creating living bridges with Israel for our community. Along with his family, he also brings us a wealth of experience in the Jewish communal world, on both a local and national level.
Arkady’s overarching mission that he strives to achieve with his position is to interweave Israel and Israelis into the fabric of the Southern New Jersey Jewish community in every way possible. To achieve this, he will be working primarily on a few areas of impact that are fine-tuned for our community’s needs:
Develop a community-wide Israel Engagement Census
Create interactive and vibrant connections between day and congregational schools with corresponding Israeli twin schools
Reach out to the large local Israeli community as well as the Russian-speaking Jewry
To have some fun and also to spread the good word about South Jersey’s Jewish life, Arkady has created a YouTube channel - The Shaliach Show - where he shares his musing and fish out water experiences. Click here to visit the page!