7. Scene from the Region: Afula's Shlomi Yehiav, a Former Young Emissary to New England, Leads Israeli Students
By the time Shlomi Yehiav returned from a year of service as a Young Emissary in New England back in 2006, his Jewish-Israeli identity and commitment to social service had been shaped. The time spent as a Young Emissary helped him understand the responsibility of his generation for the future of Israel. Born and raised in Afula, he graduated high school before volunteering for the year of service abroad.
After his return from Rhode Island and his military service as an officer in a combat unit (where he still serves in reserve), Shlomi started academic studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A public policy graduate student, he was first elected chairman of the Hebrew University Union of Students and this year was elected the national chairman of the National Union, representing 350,000 students. In this role, he hopes to improve social mobility and reduce socio-economic gaps to provide young Israeli students of all backgrounds with better opportunities to reach, afford and complete their academic studies. Shlomi with the Young Emissary Class of 2006 below.