Israel Connection

The Mandell JCC is committed to keeping our community connected to Israel. Our connection to Israel is a link to our past and to Jews around the world. 

Here you will find the latest information on events and programs that have ties to Israel, as well as news articles and current events.


Tom Wainrich 
JCC Shlicha (emissary)



I grew up on Kibbutz Beit-Hashita, with two sisters and a brother. We love animals, and I grew up with dogs, cats, turtles and hamsters. I love listening to music, reading, watching movies and creating art. During my military service, I served as an Education Officer in the Golani Brigade's headquarters. I studied at Oranim College, where I majored in Art and Education. I have experience working as an art educator in elementary, middle and high schools. I recently worked at Gesher Theater in Jaffa, Israel. Gesher is a famous bilingual, Hebrew-Russian, theater company. My position enabled me to enjoy my passion for art, music and community. 

I am really excited to meet you all. Feel free to reach out or stop by my office to introduce yourself. 




Tom can be reached at 860-231-6333,



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