LIVINGSTON, NJ — Shai Tahan from Rosh Pina, Israel, will serve as the rishon for 2016-2017 at Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston. This year marks the 14th successful year of the “Rishonim” program of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. The young Israeli emissaries are chosen each year from a large pool of applicants. Prior experience in group work, leadership and English language skills are just a few of the criteria. These talented young people have made the difficult decision to defer their army service for a year and offer themselves as ambassadors of their country in service to the Jewish people.
Tahan is a student at Einot Yarden in Kibbutz Amir in the upper Galilee and his major subjects are biology and health. He is the chairman of the parliament and involved in the environmental team.
Melissa Weiner, TBA director of Jewish learning, noted, “Shai will teach and share with the students of the TBA Jewish Learning Program, grades K-12, the amazing world of Israel, our Jewish homeland, and the importance of our understanding our own personal connection to it! We welcome Shai Tahan to the TBA family!”