Young Emissary Program

Welcome Chen Zabatani and Matan Kupervaser – our 2018-2019 Israeli Young Emissary


We are so excited to welcome Chen and Matan to our community as our 2018-2019/5779 Young Israeli Emissaries.  The Young Emissary Program is a part of Jewish Federation of Central MA and is funded through your generous support of our annual campaign. They will be here for the next year and you will certainly see them around the community! 

Each year, for the past 15 years, the Southern New England Consortium (SNEC) has been a home for Israeli Young Emissaries.  The emissaries are from Southern New England’s Partnership communities in Israel: Afula and Gilboa Region.  Instead of entering the Israel Defense Forces immediately after high school, the emissaries have deferred their army service for a year, and have gone through an intense application and year-long training process in order to perform a year of service in the United States.  The emissaries are trained as experiential, hands-on novice educators, working toward creating meaningful connections and living bridges between the partnership communities in the US and Israel.  Most have background in leadership in Israeli youth movements. The emissaries live with American host families and work in our local Jewish agencies as well as the public schools.  Incorporating these young Israelis into our schools and communal agency programs is an incredible opportunity for our students, families and our community at large. These students are role models and the best Israel has to offer. 

The Young Emissary Program is a joint project of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America. We are grateful the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts for sponsoring the Young Emissary Program and for enabling us to have the emissaries to bring to life so much of the spirit of Israel. For more information or to volunteer as a host family please contact Liz Baker, Young Emissary Coordinator, at

Meet Our 2018-2019 YE's