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Rotem Gabay wants to ‘bring Israel to you’


Rotem Gabay, Richmond’s new Virtual Shaliach, held an inaugural online Lunch and Learn session on March 22 with participants from three communities.

The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond announced in March that the Israeli would serve as a special emissary.

Joining us for this unique Virtual experience are two of our fellow partnership communities – Greensboro Jewish Federation and Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte!

In welcoming the participants, Rotem noted, “I will bring Israel to you!”

‘More about Israel’

“I want to show you more about Israel and give you something special and unique,” he said.

During the program, he shared details about his family and friends, interests and more.

He also provided information on the Israeli election set for the following day – March 23.  The information included a video explaining the process on how the Prime Minister is selected and how the government operates.

Rotem said he would serve as a volunteer at an election site too the next day.

Originally from Petach Tikvah, he is a 27-year-old student currently studying for his BA in Political Science, International Relations and Israel Studies at Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva.

Before the IDF, he did a gap year working with special needs students and then served as a combat officer for five years in the IDF. Upon completion of his military service, he spent two years in Jacksonville, Fla., as their community Shaliach.

Getting to know people

Rotem loves movies, photography, travel and most of all – getting to know new people!

He visited Richmond in March 2019 as part of a Shlichim Road Tour to present programs on the Israel elections along with two other emissaries

What is a Shaliach? A select group of outstanding emissaries, The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Shlichim are called to manifest our collective heritage in communities around the world. They provide a living connection to Israel by promoting Israeli experiences, facilitating Jewish social activism, and speaking authentically about faith and culture.

Lunch and Learns

Rotem will hold three more Lunch and Learns – April 27, May 26 and June 10. All are set for 1 p.m. on these dates. The sessions are free and open to the community.

He also is happy to respond to questions via email and social media and share Israeli experiences during the year.  While in Jacksonville for two years, he had experiences and programs with all age groups from infants to 100- year olds.

For more information, contact Sara Rosenbaum at srosenbaum@jewishrichmond.org.

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