Winter activities with the Tidewater ShinShinim

by | Feb 23, 2023 | Trending News

Aya Sever and Alma Ben Chorin explore with their host family, the Brashevitzkys.

Tidewater’s ShinShinim, Aya Sever and Alma Ben Chorin, have been busy this winter spreading Israeli culture and education throughout the community. In addition to leading programs at the Simon Family JCC, they have engaged with students at Strelitz International Academy, Ohef Sholom Temple, Temple Emanuel, Congregation Beth-El, and William and Mary.


Aya Sever and Alma Ben Chorin at Cox High School.

While Sever and Ben Chorin focus their time within the Jewish community, they still join the wider Tidewater community to build connections between the area and Israel. Cox High School, for example, invited them to join the 10th grade class to discuss the beginning of the Zionist movement. They shared a presentation about the connection between the land of Israel and the Jewish people.

“It was our pleasure to meet intelligent students that care about Israel,” says Ben Chorin. “We are delighted we had this opportunity and hope we may revisit cox high school soon!”

As part of Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s B’nai Tzedek program, Sever and Ben Chorin met with teens to talk about making a change and their potential legacy. They led a discussion about how making an impact on a single person can make an impact on the entire world. The teens were encouraged to think about their desire to be role models in the Tidewater Jewish community.

To learn more about the ShinShinim, register a child for Israel Club with Sever and Ben Chorin, or invite them to spend some time with your family, email Nofar Trem at

-Nofar Trem