Host a Rishon & BRING ISRAEL HOME!

We are looking for warm, loving families to serve as hosts. This is a wonderful opportunity for families with children to create a lasting connection with a young Israeli!

Who are the Rishonim?
Each year, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ welcomes a group of young emissaries from our partnership communities in Israel. Rishonim are talented young adults who are embarking on a gap year between high school graduation and their mandatory IDF or national service. They volunteer throughout our community in schools, synagogues, and JCCs, bringing their spirit, knowledge, and love of Israel to our community. Take advantage of this unique and meaningful opportunity, and make a Rishon part of your Jewish family!

Article: Opening Our Homes and Our Hearts: Hosting Israeli Rishonim

September 2021 - January 2022

Questions? Contact Hana Frankl at or (973) 929-2953. We will be happy to put you in touch with a family that has hosted in the past to answer your questions!

The Rishonim program is a partnership between Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

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