2019 Emissaries to JCC Day Camps

Meet the three Israeli teens who will be counseling at JCC Day Camps this summer! Paz, Tal and Nitzan will bring the Israeli experience to our campers and provide a human connection to Israel. This program is provided by the Jewish Agency for Israel and funded through your generous contributions to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.



Hey, My name is Paz Shushu, I’m sixteen years old from Moshav Nir Yafe in Israel. I have two brothers, my older brother Shaked is a medic in the Israeli army (IDF), and my younger brother Yarin is in the seventh grade. My father is a manager in the Israel Electricity Company and my mother is a bookkeeper. I study in "Nir Ha’Emek" high school and my majors are Arabic, Cyber and Bees-Agriculture. In addition, I am the president of the students' council. In my free time, I volunteer in a youth movement called “Bnei Hamoshavim” in my community. I have been in this movement since the fourth grade and I have been guiding the eighth grade for two years. I like to watch movies and series and I really like to see and experience new places in my country and around the world. One of my favorite things to do is to be with my friends and family and meeting new friends.


Shalom! My name is Nitzan Bengio and I am 16 years old. I live in Gan Ner since I was born, together with my parents, my dad, Izik, who is an annalist and my mom, Inbar, who is a quality manager and my siblings – Idan is 19 years old and about to join the army and Yarden is 23 and is a student at Tel Aviv University. My school majors are drama and social studies and I enjoy them a lot. In my spare time, I love to bake and cook, exercise, dance, laugh and spend time with my friends. I also spend a lot of time in the local youth movement, where I act as a counselor for the second year. When I was 12 years old, I visited my sister, Yarden, who was a Young Emissary in Connecticut and was lucky to have a very special Bat Mitzvah in the synagogue there. I am looking forward to my time in the JCC day camps.


Shalom! My name is Tal Zbatani, I am 16 years old and live in Afula Illit. My parents’ names are Tanya and Shuli. I have two siblings - my older sister Chen, she is 18 years old and nowadays a Young Emissary in Worcester Massachusetts, and a half-brother named Ziv, he is four. I study at Ben Gurion high school and my majors are Chemistry and Photography. My hobbies are cooking, drawing and singing. This is also my third year participating in "Unistream"; a program that takes kids from the periphery and gets them inside the “real” business world. My role is the product Manager in my company. This is my second year as a guide.

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