Be a Host Family for our 2022-23 Shinshinim!
Rachel Jury, Director of Jewish Life
A Shinshin is an 18-year-old Israeli emissary who defers their army service for one year to volunteer in Jewish communities abroad with the goal of educating people of all ages about Israel and Israeli culture. Through creative programs and challenging discussions, the Shinshinim will help our students strengthen their connection to Israel.

While in Chicago, our Shinshinim will need a place to call home and are relying on the warmth and hospitality of Bernard Zell families.

Hosting a young Israeli in your home is an exciting and enriching opportunity for the entire family. Host families everywhere regard this as a deeply meaningful experience. Hosting a Shinshin may only last a few months, but the relationships last a lifetime. 

Please email Director of Jewish Studies, Rachel Jury, to complete an application to be a host family for our Shinshinim. The Jewish Agency for Israel, the iCenter and Bernard Zell will be reviewing all submissions. This form will help us get to know your family better, so that we can find the best matches for everyone!