Community Shaliach

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. The Shlichim Program provides meaningful connections designed to increase Jewish awareness, knowledge, and pride; and to promote an understanding of Israel and its ideals.


The Shlichim Program is coordinated through the Western Galilee Partnership2Gether consortium. Over the past 20 years, The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federations of North America have used this program to creating meaningful relationships between global Jewish communities and communities in Israel. Currently, it is a central platform for the development of deep connections among Jewish communities across the globe.


Current Schlichah: Sivan Cohen

“ I strive to bring the cultural, historical and social richness of Israel to your community.
I like to share the parts of Israel which I consider special, such as our social openness, resourcefulness, and Israeli warmth. By doing so, I hope to create a change towards a more positive recognition of Israelis.” – Sivan

Sivan was born in Nahariah. She loves to interact with people, share her knowledge, and loves to learn.  She holds a degree, with Honors, in Physiotherapy from Zefet Academy College. She 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 has worked as a counselor at Ramah Dorom in Georgia and has also worked in archaeology in both Switzerland and Israel.

When in Israel, Sivan 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.  She volunteers as a counselor for the Nature and Parks Authority of Israel in a program that encourages outdoor adventure and increases environmental awareness.







Get Involved

There are many ways you can engage with our Shlichim Program! If you would like to work with our Shaliach on a community program or host them for a Shabbat meal or lunch, please contact us!

Contact Jennifer Tompkins, JFO Executive Director of Philanthropy & Engagement, at (402) 334-6435 or


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