Our bridge from South Jersey to Israel.
Each year the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) sends approximately 1,500 Israeli emissaries (schlichim) to communities such as ours to help strengthen local Jewish identity and the connection to Israel.
JAFI gives the schilichim the tools for building Israel-education programs for the communities they serve. Our shaliach will help provide a personal connection for us to Israel.
Arkady Hasidovich came to South Jersey with his wife Vika and two kids, Itamar (5) and Alma (3) in August 2018. Arkady brings with him a wealth of experience in the Jewish communal world, both on a local and national level, focusing on creating living bridges with Israel.
Arkady’s overarching vision of his position is to interweave Israel and Israelis into the fabric of the South Jersey Jewish community in every possible way. To do so, Arkady will focus on a few areas of impact that are in line with 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
- Outreach to the large local Israeli community, as well as to Russian speaking Jewry
Take the Survey
In an effort to develop a cohesive, long-term and tailor-made Israel engagement and impact strategy, Arkady will lead, on behalf of the Jewish Federation, a community-wide Israel Engagement Census to map our current initiatives and identify new opportunities.
This will help us to further our understanding, connection, and ongoing relationship with Israel, by identifying the following:
What do we ask from you?
Our process begins by asking you to complete a brief online survey to help us determine; how does Israel resonate in the South Jersey Jewish community and what community impact are we striving to achieve through Israel engagement.
We are thrilled to launch the Israel Engagement Census with this survey.
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!
Click here for a special community calendar, with events that Israelis might find especially interesting.