Israel and Overseas

Around the World, Keeping Jewish Life Strong

Doing a World of Good

Federation’s Israel & Overseas department is all about celebrating, advocating and building meaningful relationships with people in Israel and around the world. We’ve helped hundreds of Detroiters and Israelis forge lasting connections through immersive experiences and programming. When Israel and Jewish communities worldwide are threatened, we come immediately to their aid. Amid rising anti-Semitism, Jews around the world know they can rely on our unwavering support. Because no matter where we live, we’re all part of one global Jewish family.

Here For Each Other.

Bringing Israel to Detroit

Sharing cultures, creating lifelong friendships and developing deeper understandings, this is how Federation’s Israel & Overseas department brings Israel to Detroit.

Israeli Camper Program 

Over 1,600 Israeli campers, 500 host families and countless memories. Since 2002, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Partnership2Gether and Tamarack Camps have united to bring Israeli children from our Partnership2Gether region to Camp Mass (Tamarack Camps). For many, it’s their first trip outside of Israel and first time away from their parents. The program strengthens the Jewish identity of both the American and Israeli campers and creates new friendships grounded in a shared Jewish camping experience.  

Interested in being a host family? Get started here.

Want more information? Please contact Jaime Bean at or 248-205-2561. 


Shinshinim (Young Israeli Emissary) Program

Shinshin (ש”ש) is the Hebrew acronym for Shenat Sherut, meaning a year of community service. As part of our mission, we’re proud to bring ShinShin participants (ShinShinim) to our community each year to help strengthen the bonds between Detroit and Israel.  

The ShinShinim are recent high school graduates from Israel who defer their army service to spend a year in our Detroit community. They’re young, fun, engaging representatives of Israel who serve as a living bridge between our Jewish Community and Israel. The ShinShinim bring their energy, love of Israel and fresh views to our synagogues, religious schools, pre-schools and Jewish Community Center through educational lessons, presentations, arts and crafts, music and personal connections with community members of all ages.  

Meet our 2021 ShinShinim and apply to be a future host family. Click here. 

For more information please contact Dona Stillman at or 248-833-2527. 


Shaliach Community Emissary 

Connect. Support. Engage. Each year the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) sends over 1,000 Israeli emissaries (schlichim) to live and work in communities like ours, to assist in the strengthening of local Jewish identity and our connection to Israel. They provide a living bridge to Israel by promoting Israeli experiences, facilitating Jewish social activism and speaking authentically about faith and culture. Theyre widely considered to be the best of Israel, and the JAFI helps them share their light with the world. 

Federation’s Israel & Overseas department is proud to work with JAFI to bring our current resident Shaliach Yiftach Leket to our community. We can’t wait for you to meet and work with him to help forge a more meaningful bond between Israel and Jewish Detroit.  

Connect with Yiftach on his Facebook page here. 

For more information please contact Dona Stillman at or 248-833-2527. 

Taking Detroit to Israel

Awe-Inspiring. Life changing. Breathtaking. Visiting the land of Israel is unlike anywhere else in the world. Here’s how Federation helps young Jewish Detroiters experience the country for themselves.

Get There! Funding

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s unique Get There! program provides funding to help defray the cost of programs in Israel — making it possible for more young people to experience this transformational journey. Get There! travel grants are an ideal source of supplementary funds for study abroad opportunities, gap years, volunteer work, internships, school trips, university and more.

Get more information and apply for funding here.

Teen Mission Experience

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see, touch and feel Israel from a truly personal and unique perspective! The mission is a 4.5-week educational, immersive adventure where our Detroit teens travel with their Israeli counterparts from our Central Galilee Partnership2Gether region the entire journey. By mission’s end you’ll uncover a stronger Jewish identity, take pride as a Detroiter for the work our community does in Israel and enjoy long-lasting friendships.

Get in on the experience. Click here for more information.

Birthright Israel

Anyone who’s ever gone on a Birthright Israel trip will tell you, it’s the experience of a lifetime. A free trip to Israel, traveling from the south to the north, seeing all the iconic sites and hidden gems. You sleep in a Bedouin tent, climb Masada, swim in the Dead Sea, touch the Western Wall, walk the stone streets of Jerusalem, explore the mystic city of Tzfat and eat all the hummus your heart desires. Ten non-stop days in the Holy Land on a bus full of your peers has all the makings of an incredible adventure — but our Detroit Community trips offer some special extras that transform ten days of travel into years of memories.

For more information contact Jaime Bean at



Since 1994, the Jewish Federations of Metropolitain Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids have partnered with 3 Israeli municipalities in a region known as the Central Galilee. Part of an international Partnership2Gether program, our local participation has created one-of-a-kind opportunities and long-lasting people-to-people relationships strengthening communities in Michigan and Israel.

Thousands of lives have been touched through Partnership2Gether programs like the Detroit Community Taglit-Birthright Israel, Teen Mission, the ShinShim Program and others. In fact, today, we’re more than just partners, we’re family.

For more information and to become involved in Federation’s unique relationship with Israel’s Central Galilee, please contact Dona Stillman at or 248-943-1553

For more information about the Partnership2Gether program in general, please visit the Jewish Agency For Israel site here.

Upcoming Events

Questions? Contact one of our staff.

  • Jaime Bean
  • Senior Associate, Israel & Overseas
  • 248-205-2561
  • Naomi Miller
  • Director, Missions & Exchanges in Israel
  • 011-972-2-655-7577
  • Yoav Raban
  • Outeach & Engagement Coordinator in Israel
  • 011-972-4-605-5297

You Matter.

The help we provide to the Jewish community in Detroit, in Israel and around the world is not possible without your support. Choose your level of impact…