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jfo advances the shlichim Program for omaha

The Jewish Federation of Omaha participates with the Jewish Agency for Israel Community Shlichim program to welcome enthusiastic young emissaries from Israel to our community. These meaningful connections help bolster Jewish inclusiveness and unity throughout the global Jewish community.

Guided locally by the community leadership, the Community Shlichim plant the seeds of a secure Jewish future by implementing programs that are designed to increase Jewish awareness, knowledge, and pride; and to promote an understanding of Israel and its ideals.
Note about terminology
  • Shaliach is a male, and generic for male or female
  • Shlichah is a female
  • Shlichim is plural for both males and females


New Schlichah: Sivan Cohen

We are excited to welcome Sivan Cohen to the Omaha Jewish community on August 15th!  She loves to interact with people, enjoys expanding her knowledge, and has a passion and motivation to learn.  She has a degree with Honors in Physiotherapy from Zefet Academy College and spent her National Service working as a community organizer for an Ethiopian community in Netanya and as a translator at the Ministry of Immigration & Integration in Haifa.

She was born in Nahariah and now lives in Akko.  She is a hydrotherapist and swimming guide at Kibbutz Bustan Hagalil and has spent 5 years working as a wine educator at Barkan winery.  In 2018 she was a counselor at Ramah Dorom in Georgia and has work in archaeology in both Switzerland and Israel.

She volunteers as a counselor for the Nature and Parks Authority of Israel in a program that encourages outdoor adventure and increases environmental awareness.  When asked “What kind of Israel you like to bring to the community?” she responded, “I want to bring the special parts of Israel. The variety of Israel that includes the cultural, historical and social richness.  The social openness, the initiative, the Israeli warmth.  Along with patience and a desire to create change towards a positive Israeli recognition.”

If you would like to get involved with helping her to plan a program or want to host our new staff shlichah for a Shabbat meal or lunch, please be in touch with Leigh Chaves at

The Shlichim Program is coordinated through the Western Galilee Partnership2Gether consortium. Over the past 20 years, Partnership2Gether (P2G) has become the Jewish Agency for Israel’s and the Jewish Federations of North America’s most successful and effective model for creating meaningful relationships between global Jewish communities and communities in Israel. It is the central platform for the promotion and development of deep connections among Jewish communities across the globe.