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Host Family Interest Form - Atlanta Shinshinim Program
Dear Prospective Host Family,

We are glad you have decided to consider hosting a Shinshin (Israeli Young Emissary) in your home. Hosting has proved to be a wonderful experience for more than 20 years; benefiting the Shinshin, the host family, and our local Jewish community.

Below are some guidelines about hosting for you to review and consider; as well as, the Host Family Application. Once it is complete and submitted we will call to make arrangements to meet in person to further discuss the program and the role of the host family.

Throughout the application there will be questions related to Jewish home observances, language, pets, allergies, etc. Know that there are no "right" or "wrong" answers. We are looking for ALL types of homes.

We plan for each Shinshin to stay at three host families throughout the year. Please be aware that - in order to ensure the best placements on all sides - we can not guarantee which Shinshin you will host.

Please feel free to call me with any questions: 404-808-9415.


Andrea Levy
Atlanta Shinshinim Host Family Coordinator
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General Guidelines
1. The Shinshinim will be placed in warm, loving, Jewish homes of all types.

2. Family members should have time to dedicate to spending with the Shinshin. Regular family meals and activities are very important.

3. Consider your family’s schedule and when you are available to include the Shinshin as part of your family. The Shinshin will be VERY busy and involved in the community but the host family experience is a VERY important component of the mission of the program. The Shinshin will have a day off to spend with the family either on Saturday or Sunday and will generally be home/available during the evenings at dinner time.

4. The Shinshin MUST have a dedicated bedroom that is not used for other family needs (the family computer, the family TV, tutoring, etc.) during their stay in your home. It is preferred that the bedroom be a guest room or other unoccupied space so that he or she is not displacing a member of the family. Additional private space, such as a bathroom or living area is a plus, but not required.
What organization are you applying through, if any?
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What dates are your family open to hosting? Dates are approximate. Specific dates will be provided before you are asked to commit. Please add any date related info/conflicts/questions in the "other" section. Choose all that apply.
Name - Adult 1 (This should be the adult that will be the primary contact person during the Shinshin's stay in your home)
Name - Adult 2
Home Phone number
Adult 1 Work phone
Adult 2 Work phone
Adult 1 cell phone
Adult 2 cell phone
Home Address
Child 1 Name
Child 1 Age
Child 1 Gender
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Does this child live at home?
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Child 2 Name
Child 2 Age
Child 2 Gender
Clear selection
Does this child live at home?
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Child 3 Name
Child 3 Age
Child 3 Gender
Clear selection
Does this child live at home?
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Are there others that live in the home? (Please include all relevant information: name, age, gender)
Why are you interested in hosting a Shinshin?
When is your whole family together and what are some things you do together (including meals, hobbies, outings, errands, etc.)?
What is your family’s weekly schedule? When is dinner? Who is home for dinner?
What are your community affiliations, both Jewish and secular (synagogues, schools, agencies, etc.)?
Do you have a preference for a male or female shinshin?
Clear selection
Please choose the answers that apply. Your home is:
Please elaborate on your answer above.
Does your family have any typical Shabbat practices? Please choose all that apply. Use "other" to elaborate.
Do you have any pets?
Does anybody in the family smoke?
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Who, if anyone, in your family has been to Israel?
Discussion Questions
The following are more detailed questions we might ask during a personal meeting with prospective host families. Know that there are no "right" or "wrong" answers to these questions. We are looking for ALL types of homes.

1. Briefly describe your parenting style.

2. Have all members of the family been included in the decision to host a ShinShinim?

3. Where the ShinShinim would be sleeping in your home? What additional space would there be for him/her to use (e.g. bathroom, den, etc.)?

4. Have there been or do you anticipate any major life events in your family within the next year (moving, house renovations, illness, birth, divorce, bar/bat miztvah, job changes, etc.)?

5. Have you ever had someone not part of your family living with you in your home for an extended period of time? If so, what kind of experience was it?

6. In your family, is there usually an adult home in the evenings?

7. Do you have a preference regarding hosting a male or female emissary?

8. What concerns do you have about the idea of hosting an Israeli emissary?

9. Are there fixed times during the week that it would be important for the ShinShinim to be present with your family?
Who, if anyone, in your family speaks Hebrew? Please include level of fluency.
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