Meet Our Rishon

Who are the Rishonim?

The 2016-2017 academic year will mark the 14th successful year of the “Rishonim” program in the Greater MetroWest community. Our young Israeli emissaries are chosen each year from a large pool of applicants. Prior experience in group work, leadership, and English language skills are just a few of the criteria.  These talented young people have made the difficult decision to defer their army service for a year and offer themselves as ambassadors of their country in service to the Jewish people.

Meet Shai Tahan, TBA’s 2016-2017 Rishon

My name is Shai Tahan. I live in Rosh Pina, a small beautiful town in the north with my family. I have two siblings, Michal, age 20 and Ido, age 23. My mother, Tali, teaches Self Advocacy for hearing impaired students. My father, Dror, is a teacher for children with Asperger Syndrome.

I study in a democratic school in a kibbutz and my major subjects are Biology and Health. I’m very active in the social aspect of school – I’m the Chairman of the Parliament and involved in the Environmental Team. In my free time I like to hang out with friends, study, work, and travel with my family and friends. My most amazing experience was as a CIT at Camp Tawonga and it opened my eyes to new cultures.


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