May 21, 2021

Being an Israeli Shelach

Tags: 2021, Israel, Teen Voice

Yonatan Cohen is an Amplifying Israel Teen Fellow from Yokneam, Israel.

I was born in Israel and have been living in Israel my whole life.  As an Israeli teen, I am required to take part in a volunteering activity at school, and there are different kinds of volunteering activities to choose from.  I chose to be a young “Shelach” guide. “Shelach” stands for “Field Nationality Society”. Being a young “Shelach” guide means to learn about Israel – its history, places, and society through touring the country.

Throughout the “Shelach” activities I experienced camp life, including:  Building tents, cooking in the field and lighting a fire.  We also get a taste of life in the army as we practice discipline, basic training, and work as a member of a team to accomplish tasks.  We are also being trained on different subjects, and as we grow older, we may become trainers ourselves.

We are also very much involved in community life, where we support and assist our community whenever needed.

I am proud to be a young “Shelach” guide being able to contribute to my country.  Whenever I achieve a goal or finish a mission, I feel proud of myself and my team.  I enjoy the activities and the tours we have very much, and I feel satisfied that I can train younger teens, strengthen their connection to Israel and teach them to love the country and the Israeli life. 

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