Say Hello to Our New Young Emissaries

The new Young Emissaries from Israel have arrived! Rotem Linchevski lives in Moshav B’nai Zion, near Ra’anana, with his parents and younger brother and sister. In high school, his major was music and psychology/sociology.

Talya Machpood lives in Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, with her parents and younger brother. She chose to major in biology and French.

Both Rotem and Talya have a great deal of leadership experience. They both enjoy singing and plan to join the HaZamir singing group in the community.

The Young Emissary Program is a ten-month-long volunteer service experience that is jointly sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the Southern New England Consortium (SNEC). This is our community’s 17th year of participation in the program.

The Young Emissaries are Israeli high school graduates who choose to defer their army service to serve as young ambassadors for Israel in our community.

The mission of the program is to strengthen the ties between Israel and the Greater New Haven community by building living bridges with people-to-people connections. The emissaries live with American host families and work with our local Jewish agencies as well as the public schools.

As we wish success to our wonderful outgoing emissaries, Raz Lachmi and Yotam Francis, we welcome Rotem and Talya, who will work closely with Amalya Brownstein at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and the JCC.

If you are interested in hosting, contact Amalya at 


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