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Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    7:30am - 7:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
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Shabbat Candle Lighting: 8:18pm

Host a Shaliach

Build your family's connection to Israel

If you've ever wanted to learn more about Israel or strengthen your connection to the Jewish state then we hope you will consider opening your home for three weeks or more to one of our Israeli counselors.

Every summer J Camps welcomes Israelis, most of whom just completed their IDF service, as counselors (Shlichim) to join our camp staff. The goal of this program is to give campers a visual and cultural taste of Israel and how it connects to their Jewish heritage. 

This year we are welcoming five talented Shlichim who will spend most of their time in J Day, Maccabi Sports Camp, Noah’s Ark & Camp Ami, and will also have some roles across all camps.

Our shlichim make wonderful house guests who are as eager to learn and experience American culture as they are to share stories of their life in Israel with your family. It truly is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all involved. 

We are looking for 5 host families for each of the following sessions: 
June 13 – July 8 | July 8 – July 29 | July 29 – August 19

If you are interested in hosting, or if you know of another family who may be interested, please contact Stacy Deems: sdeems@jcc.org | 410.559.3513

2018 Shlichim

Rom
Hi, my name is Rom Levy and I’m from Rehovot, Israel, and I keep Kosher. I am excited to be the Nature Specialist at J Day this summer. I completed my IDF service at the end of February 2018. During my time, I was lucky to be chosen to be one of 8 soldiers with an American Birthright group, and it was so amazing to meet new people and feel connected because we are all Jewish. In my free time I like shopping, reading, traveling, the beach, and of course being out in nature. I am really excited to come to Baltimore this summer as a Shaliach. I believe one of the most important things is to connect everyone, especially Jews, to Israel, and I am excited to bring the love for my country to you! 

Amit
Hi, I’m Amit and I’m from the Yafo area of Tel Aviv, Israel. I am excited to come to J Camps as the Dance Specialist for both J Day and Habimah camps this summer. During my service in the IDF, I trained commanders and battalion commanders. Currently, I am a Pilates instructor and a professional dancer. In my free time I like to go to the beach, to travel, and mostly I love to dance! I am looking forward to bringing my love of dance, and my love of Israel, to the campers this summer in Baltimore. After camp, I will still be on the East Coast -- in September 2018, I begin a 2-year dance program at Peridance in New York City! Can’t wait to meet you! 

Liem
Hey, my name is Liem Zaada, I’m 20 years old and I live in Givaat Shmuel, Israel. At J Camps I will be teaching Israeli Culture to the preschoolers at Noah’s Ark and Camp Ami. I was an operation room worker during my service in the IDF and was stationed mainly on the Gaza border with the Bedouin patrol unit. In my free time I like to go out with my friends, take my dog on long walks, travel, hike, cook, and sometimes just watch TV in bed. I look forward to having a lot of fun this summer in camp and spreading knowledge and love about my beautiful country, Israel. I decided to be Shlicha because I want my summer to be meaningful. I want to get to know more people and have some different and new experiences in the United States. When camp is over, I will probably stay in the US for a bit longer - and maybe fly to other places in the world - before going home to my family. I’m looking forward to meeting you! 

Inbar
My name is Inbar. I currently live in Holon, Israel, and will be a counselor in Maccabi Sports Camp this summer. I served in the IDF the past two years as a Watcher on the borders of Israel to make sure everything is sterile. Later, I became a Commander and oversaw a war room and an amazing group of girls. During my free time I love reading and going out exploring nature with my friends. I am so honored to be a Shaliach at J Camps this summer! I grew up in the States and felt very detached from my Israeli identity -- I would always look for input on that world. I believe that being a Shaliach is an amazing way to bring Israel directly to the kids in camp. It is one thing to hear about Israel, but it’s another thing to physically meet and connect with an Israeli. After the summer ends I plan on traveling around the world and immersing myself in different worlds and cultures. I am so grateful to be a Shaliach and am so excited for the summer to start!

Dana
Hi from the other side of the world! I'm Dana (pronounced “Donna”) and will be the Tarbut (Israeli Culture) Specialist in J Day this summer. I live in a small city in the north of Israel, but, in the last four years I was barely at home. I finished my service in the IDF two months ago -- I was an officer and worked with an international organization to help develop the Gaza Strip. Because of my job in the army (working with Palestinians), I developed an affection to languages, so I learned Arabic and Spanish. I love to learn new things, meet new cultures, sing, dance, travel and cook, and work with kids. I applied to be a Shlicha because I want to spread my connection to Israel and to Judaism to people who are far away and experience it differently. After the camp is over, I hope to travel with the Shlichim in the USA. When I come back home, I plan to travel to the far east and then to study in University.  I can’t wait to meet you!