Hello everyone. It’s hard to believe, but I have been here in your loving community for a month now. It has been an amazing month and a beginning of a new experience. During this month in Toronto, I was amazed to see the strength of the Jewish community here, not only in numbers, but in spirit and unity. I was shocked to see how everything in this community is not a matter of fact for you guys, and nothing is taken for granted. You choose to come to Shul, you may choose to send your kids to a Jewish day school, Sunday school or summer camp, and you definitely choose to become active and committed members of this massive community.Read More
Ronny lives in Zikhron Ya’akov which islocated 35 km south of Haifa at the southern end of the Carmel mountains. Ronny is the oldest of three kids in her family. She has a younger brother who is 14 and a younger sister who is 7. Ronny majored in computer science, software engineering and theatre in high school. Ronny has been a counsellor working in the Maccabi Tzair youth movement over the last 4 years. Ronny enjoys playing sports and hiking, she is a self-taught guitar player and also enjoys cooking. Her favourite things to prepare in the kitchen are delicious desserts. Ronny and her family spent four years living in Washington where she also enjoyed summers at Camp Solomon Schechter. Ronny hopes to fulfill her army service in the air force and she is very excited to bring her Israel to our community.
Noam lives in Holon which is located on the central coastal strip south of Tel Aviv. Holon is part of the metropolitan Gush Dan area and has the second-largest industrial zone in Israel, after Haifa. Noam is also the oldest of three kids in his family. He has a younger brother who is 14 and a younger sister who is 8. Noam majored in chemistry and bio-technology in high school. He also participated in the Timemun program where he debated in English as part of a model UN. Noam was also part of a Young Ambassadors course where he travelled to Berlin to represent Holon as part of the Israeli delegation. Noam has participated as a guide in the Hatzav youth movement in Holon throughout his high school career. Noam also participated in a Masa mission to Poland to connect to our history.
Hi! I’m Noam, and I am 18 years old. Hi! I’m Ronny, and I am 18 years old. Israeli. Jewish. Oldest child in my family. Two younger siblings. Secular. Traditional. From a town. From the city. Former basketball player. Former swimmer. Participant in a youth movement.Read More
"Those who have a why to live can bear with almost any how.” - Viktor Frankl
This is the quote I opened with in my very first Dvar and now 9 months later I’m standing here ready to deliver my last Dvar Israel. I remember the first time I spoke from the Bima, I remember my sweaty palms, shaking legs, trembling voice, and my eyes filling with tears when everyone started to sing Hatikvah - התקווה together. It didn’t occur to me that a congregation so far away from Israel will dedicate their time to talk, hear, ask and honor Israel.Read More