Shlichut is the Hebrew word meaning “sending out” or “commissioning people.” It refers to an outreach program that is initiated and participated by organizations, and in our case, it means our Israel Emissary program. The Israeli Emissary program are nationwide missions strongly based on the values of ideologies, education, and community.

Sponsored by the Jewish Agency for Israel, every two years a young adult from Israel is staffed at Jewish Federation to operate an outreach program dedicated to promoting increased connections to, and a greater understanding of, Israel and our Jewish heritage.
Daniel Rivin, 24, is from Holon, Israel, and is the first generation of his family born in Israel (the family made Aliyah from the former Soviet Union in 1991). After high school, Daniel participated in a pre-army program for Zionist leadership. As a part of the annual program, he worked as a teen counselor in Kibbutz Kramim in the Negev. During this year, he learned a lot about education, politics, Zionism and Judaism.
Daniel then served as a medic in an IDF combat unit on the Gaza border, protecting the people living in southern Israel. Following the completion of his army service, Daniel worked as a counselor at summer camp attended by children from all over the globe and, most recently, with a program for the disabled. His experience also includes assisting the blind and Holocaust survivors, and teaching Hebrew to children who made Aliyah.
In his free time, Daniel enjoys traveling, reading books, going to the theater, listening to podcasts, and hanging out with friends and family. Daniel is excited to be here and to get to know the Kansas City Jewish community.
Contact Daniel at danielr@jewishkc.org or 913.327.8124.

Why is having an Israel Emissary in Kansas City important?

When a representative from Israel lives in the community and brings Israel programming to the Jewish and general communities, it enhances the vibrancy and diversity of the Jewish community, and helps foster understanding about Israel within the wider community. It also helps strengthen our community’s connection with Israel, complementing our grant funding and partnerships there.

What activities does the Israel Emissary host?

The Israel Emissary works with Jewish Federation, synagogues, preschools, religious schools, youth groups, and other organizations, to create and promote Israel-related activities in Kansas City.

What is the purpose and goals of the Israel Emissary?

The Israel Emissary joins Jewish Federation for one to two years. During that time the Israel Emissary is charged with building partnerships within the community and Israel, develop programs and events for all age groups, and supporting the education of Jewish culture and life.

Are you interested in becoming involved with the Israel Emissary?

For more information, contact Daniel Rivin, our current Israel Emissary, at danielr@jewishkc.org or 913.327.8124.