Shlichut is the Hebrew word meaning “sending out” or “commissioning people.” It refers to an outreach program that is initiated and participated in by organizations -and in our case- the Israel Emissary program, conducting a nationwide mission strongly based on the values of education and community engagement.

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.

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 among its members and helps foster understanding of Israel and the people who live there. This engagement with Israeli culture and education strengthens 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 goal and purpose 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?

To connect with Tal Shabo, our current Israel Emissary, email tals@jewishkc.org or call 913.327.8124.



Tal Shabo, 23, was born and raised in Givat Ze'ev, a suburb of Jerusalem. Tal was part of the same pre-army academy (mechina) as our former emissary, Daniel Rivin. Tal then served in a combat engineering unit in the IDF, and has since been leading a “young diplomats” informal education program for high school students in Rishon LeZion.


Tal has spent the last two summers as a counselor, swimming instructor and waterfront staffer at Tevya summer camp in New Hampshire.


In his free time, Tal enjoys sports like swimming, basketball and soccer, and he is eager to explore Kansas City and build many new friendships.