Bruchim HaBa'im Ido, Nir, Nitzan and Roman!

Bernard Zell, in collaboration with The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and The iCenter, is thrilled to welcome a cohort of talented 18-year-old Israelis to Chicago for the 2021-2022 academic year. We’re so pleased to announce that four of them will be joining the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School community for the remainder of the school year! 
Scroll below to read a little more about our newest additions to campus. If you'd like to send Bernard Zell's shinshinim a welcome note, we encourage you to email shinshinim@bernardzell.org!
Shinshinim Spotlight: Meet Roman
Hello! My name is Roman, I’m 17 from Holon, a city just outside Tel Aviv. My family came from Russia in 1999, and so I’m the only one born and raised in Israel. During high school I was very active in the youth movement “Maccabi Tzair,” being a madrich for both eighth and third grades. I was also head of student body for a few years in a row. I’m excited for a year of activity and fun, to get to know the community and bring a small pice of me to it. I love swimming, watching Netflix and I’m a huge marvel fan.
Fun fact: I’m fluent in Hebrew, English and Russian! 
Shinshinim Spotlight: Meet Nitzan
Nitzan lives in Nir Hen in the south of Israel and majored in chemistry and physics in high school. She is an alumnus of the Diller Teen Fellows program in partnership with the Chicago Jewish community and last year she was a JC in the same program. Nitzan also has years of experience as a madrich in her local youth movement. Nitzan also loves traveling all around the world and hanging out with her friends.
Shinshinim Spotlight: Meet Ido
Hi guys! My name is Ido a Megidish, I’m almost 18 (just in two days!) and I’m from Kiryat Gat. I’m really excited to work with everyone and spend time with you all. I hope I’ll get to know more people and have interesting conversations with everyone. 
My favorite thing to do is to hang out with my friends, go to restaurants together and just spend time with my friends. Can't wait to meet you all! 
Shinshinim Spotlight: Meet Nir
My name is Nir Horev I’m 18 years old and I’m from Herzliya. I can’t wait to work with the school and have a meaningful year with you. In my free time, I like to practice karate, cook, bake with my family and friends and play sports. 
I was a counselor in the Israeli scouts for three years and I really liked the trips, the friends and the opportunities we had there. 
I also was in a program that combines working with Jewish teenagers from the US and I fell in love with the connection between the Jewish communities abroad and in Israel.