A blazing sun over the Metzger Outdoor Aquatic Center at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center helped make certain temperatures were up – in a good way – for Sunday Fun Day in August. The afternoon was a heartwarming convergence of community members, brought together by the Tidewater ShinShinim, Aya Sever and Alma Ben Chorin – and the promise of cooling off in the pool.
Having spent a memorable year with the community, the young women were welcomed one final time with open arms. The bond that had formed between these young emissaries and the community members was apparent as they shared smiles, stories, laughter, and some tears. A video presentation encapsulated the incredible impact of their year-long engagement, showcasing the transformative work they had undertaken during their year of service in Tidewater.
Several speakers, including host families, took to the stage to express heartfelt gratitude and reflect upon the profound influence that the Shinshinim had on their lives. The stories shared were a testament to the power of cross-cultural exchanges.
For more information about the ShinShinim program, PJ Library, or the next Sunday Fun Day, contact Nofar Trem at email@example.com or visit JewishVA.org/PJ.