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MJCC Israeli Shlichim

April 10–22, the MJCC will be hosting two Israeli Schlichim from the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI).
Made possible by a grant from the Lemsky Endowment Fund of Memphis Jewish Federation.
All MJCC programs are offered to the community at no charge.

Click here for more information on Israel Week

Welcome to Memphis, Hadar and Amit!



Amit Levinson is a 26 year old Israeli and American, born and raised in Rehovot - located near Tel-Aviv. As a teenager, he was a counselor in the Israeli Scouts. In 2009, he was inducted into the IDF and served for three years in the armored corps as a gunner. Amit was released from service early to go work in a summer camp in New York through the JAFI. In 2013-2015, he was the Shaliach in Rockville, Maryland, where he worked with the Israeli Scouts chapter and was responsible for the Israeli programs at the JCC. Currently, Amit is completing his B.A in Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science.

Amit enjoys reading, hiking, and conversations over coffee!

Hadar Shahar was born and raised in Jerusalem. Two months after high school, she enlisted to the IDF and served two years as a Sergeant of Operations. Upon completing her duties, she traveled to East Asia and spent 6 months exploring. Hadar returned to Israel and began her B.A in Sociology, Anthropology, and Asian Studies at the Hebrew University. After graduation, she became Community Shlicha to the Jewish community in Howard County, MD for two years. Currently, Hadar is working towards her M.A in Public Policy at the Hebrew University while also working at the Ministry of Finance in Jerusalem.

Hadar enjoys spending time with family, practicing yoga, and shopping!


Amit and Hadar will be speaking and working with groups throughout the community! All events are free and open to all.


Some Highlights From Amit & Hadar's Schedule

Tuesday, April 10 • Amit & Hadar Arrive to Memphis

Wednesday, April 11 • 2pm • JFS Board Room
"How is Passover Celebrated Differently in Israel?"  A special class for the Jewish Family Service Special Singles Group.

Thursday, April 12 • 11am • Temple Israel Crosstown
Lunch and Schmooze Q&A followed by a tour of Crosstown Concourse with Connect TI and YAD. RSVP directly with YAD and Connect TI.

Thursday, April 12 • 6:30pm • MJCC Social Hall
Annual Community Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration.

Friday, April 13 • 8:15am • Bornblum Jewish Community School
A morning of various Zionist Seminars for Bornblum’s 6th-8th Grade.

Friday, April 13 • 9:15am • Bornblum Jewish Community School
A morning of various Zionist Seminars for Bornblum’s 4th-5th Grade.

Friday, April 13 • 1pm • Bornblum Jewish Community School
Special Session with Bornblum 8th Grade Students before they leave for Israel.

Friday, April 13 • 2:30p • Bornblum Jewish Community School
Kabbalat Shabbat Program with the entire school.

Sunday, April 15 • 9am • Temple Israel
Special Activity with the Temple Israel Hebrew School K-6th Grade.

Sunday, April 15 • 2pm • MJCC Pavillion and Soccer Fields
Community Wide Israel@70 Celebration.

Community Partners
Anshei Sphard Beth El Emeth • Baron Hirsch • BBYO • Beth Sholom • Bornblum Jewish Community School • Chabad of Memphis • Hadassah Memphis • Hillel of Memphis • Jewish Community Partners • Kollel Torah MiTzion & Bat Ami • Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South • Memphis Friends of Israel • Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab • NCSY • NFTY • Or Chadash • Plough Towers • Shlichim from the Jewish Agency For Israel • Temple Israel • The Memphis-Shoham Partnership • USY • Young Israel

Monday, April 16 • 12:30pm • MJCC Board Room
An Engaging Nosh and Learn with Amit and Hadar. Bring Your Own Lunch.

Monday, April 16 • 6pm • MJCC Social Hall • Class #4958
An Israeli self-defense with instructors from Endurance Krav Maga. Registration is appreciated.

Monday, April 16 • 7pm • Studio 1
Israeli Dance Class Open to All Levels of Experience.

Tuesday, April 17 • 10am • Room 1
Amit and Hadar will lead the Complex Conversations Class in their discussion.

Tuesday, April 17 • 7pm • MJCC Teen Lounge
Tekes Yom HaZikaron - An intimate gathering in memory of Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror.

Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm & Wednesday, April 18th at 11am • MJCC 
Siren of Silence in Remembrance of Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror.

Wednesday, April 18th • All Day • MJCC Lobby
And Their Name Shall Be a Blessing.

Wednesday, April 18th • 9:30am • Temple Israel
Special Activity with Temple Israel's Gan Program.

Wednesday, April 18th • 7pm • Baron Hirsch Congregation
Coordinated by the Kollel Torah MiTzion and the Bat Ami in partnership with the Orthodox congregations, this ceremony will mark the transition from Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzmaut. Open to all!

Thursday, April 19th • 9:15am • MJCC Early Childhood Center
ECC Blue and White Day Parade.

Thursday, April 19th • 2:15pm • Margolin Hebrew Accademy
Annual Yom HaAtzmaut Parade from MHA to Baron Hirsch.

Thursday, April 19th • 5pm • TBD • Must be age 21+
Israel on Tap: A Happy Hour with Connect TI. Contact with Connect TI for more information.

Thursday, April 19th • 6:30p • Memphis Botanic Gardens  • Must be age 21+ • This is a paid event.
A Taste of Israel - Part of JCP’s community-wide Memphis Celebrates Israel at 70 campaign, A Taste of Israel will feature local celebrity chefs, Israeli wine, and the Israeli band The Shuk.
Purchase tickets at https://jcpmemphis.org/a-taste-of-israel

Friday, April 20th • 9:30am • MJCC Early Childhood Center
ECC Weekly Shabbat Program.

Friday, April 20th • 9:45am • MJCC Early Childhood Center  
ECC JK (5’s) Cohort Activity with our Shlichim.

Friday, April 20th • 10:30am • MJCC Early Childhood Center
ECC PK (4’s) Cohort Activity with our Shlichim.

Sunday, April 22nd • 2pm • Putt Putt
Amit and Hadar will be swinging by Hillel's Annual Yiddishe Cup Mini-Golf Tournament to say their final goodbyes before heading to the airport.


For questions or more information, please contact Rabbi Mordechai Harris, Director for the Center for Jewish Living and Learning, at (901) 259-9227 or mharris@jccmemphis.org.

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