Connect with Israel

Connecting our community to the people, history, culture, and land of Israel is an integral part of the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC. From lectures to film, music, and art, there are many exciting ways to engage with, educate about, and celebrate Israel.

Shlichim Program

Our Israeli Shlichim work to expand education, understanding and engagement with Israel throughout the Houston Jewish and greater community. They work with all ages, but primarily with high school students in area synagogues, schools, youth movements and other Jewish organizations through classes programs and events. This international program is designed to engage communities to be actively involved in becoming closer to their Jewish identity through Israel.

J Camps Shlichim

Each year two Israelis spend their summer at J Camps, bringing Israel to life for our campers, many of whom have never been to Israel before. At camp, shlichim serve as counselors and specialists in areas such as Israeli culture, music, arts and crafts, sports, Hebrew, Israeli folk dance, nature and more!

Houston area families host shlichim for their time in the community, providing deeper connections and ties to Israel for the entire family.

Our Shlichim (emissaries) Program is made possible by a partnership between the JCC AssociationThe Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), and funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.

Shoshi Bassan


Shlicha, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, September 2022 – Present Hi! My name is Shoshi, I am 27 years old and originally from Efrat, a town in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. I…