Open Hearts Open Homes

Open Hearts Open Homes invites Israeli teens whose lives have been forever changed due to terrorism – the loss of a loved one, living in constant fear of the next attack, not knowing life without sirens – to spend three weeks during the summer enjoying respite, home hospitality, travel camp activities, and fun with American peers.

Impact in Israel

Open Hearts Open Homes has changed the lives of families who are challenged by a traumatic past or who have suffered the impact of terrorism. By all accounts, its therapeutic value is extraordinary and helps many begin the process of psychological healing.

Impact in Northern NJ

To extend this lifeline of support and respite, Open Hearts Open Homes relies on the support of you and the entire Bergen County Jewish community.

Stay up to date on Summer 2021!

Exciting News from Open Hearts Open Homes

Erica Danziger | THU, JUL 01, 2021

Israeli teen program pivots for Summer 2021 This has been a very difficult year for us all and we wanted to update you on the Open Hearts Open Homes program…

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LIVE from Israel: Eyewitness Accounts

Erica Danziger | SAT, MAY 29, 2021

In May, during the height of Guardian of the Walls, our northern NJ Jewish community gathered on Zoom to hear the eyewitness accounts of life in Israel. During this conflict,…

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Update from Israel: OHOH teens in camp!

Erica Danziger | THU, AUG 12, 2021

As you’ve heard, this year’s Open Hearts Open Homes (OHOH) program is special and unique this summer. Instead of hosting teens from Israel to stay with host families in our…

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Shabbat in Acco

Erica Danziger | TUE, AUG 17, 2021

Enjoy this “report from the field” from Elana Prezant, JCCNNJ’s Supervisor of Open Hearts Open Homes on the group’s Shabbat weekend together. On Friday, our Open Hearts Open Homes group…

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Sponsorship Opportunities for Summer of 2021

Make a difference in an Israeli teen’s life by sponsoring an Open Hearts Open Homes student or activity.

Please choose your level of support and click the amount to complete your online payment easily.

Teen Hero: $6,500

Sponsor at teen and cover all costs for one Israeli teen’s round trip travel and participation in our spectacular program.

Shabbat Benefactor: $5,000

Treat our teens and community to a catered Friday night dinner and Shabbat service.

Shalom Promoter: $3,600

Provide a fabulous overnight meaningful Shabbat experience.

Day Trip Dynamo: $2,500

Sponsor one of the deluxe day trips that makes this program so exciting.

Staycation Friend: $1,800

Sponsor a local fun day for our teens, complete with all day activities and light-hearted fun.

OHOH Sparkler: $1,000

Treat our teens to a fabulous party – complete with games, grilled goodies and festive decor.

T-Shirt Sponsor: $540

Gift a souvenir t-shirt, OHOH insulated lunch box and reusable water bottle to each of our teens to have as a keepsake.

Pizza Party Champion: $360

Treat the teens to a pizza party — always delicious!

Ice Cream Party Booster: $180

Sweeten their day with a treat at a local creamery.

Friends of OHOH: $100

Contribute to the program’s overall experience.

Other

Contact us to make a gift of an amount of your choice.

Prefer to pay by check?

Please make your donation out to “JCC of Northern NJ” and add “Open Hearts Open Homes” to the memo field (only) of your check.

Checks may be mailed to:

JCC of Northern NJ

450 West Nyack Road

West Nyack, NY 10994

For More Information:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 201-666-6610 ext. 3

The advance warning systems failed.

No alarms sounded.

A bomb landed in Orel’s backyard!

These are the stories we hear from the teenagers living in Israel at the border of Gaza.

We know you share with us the feelings of dread and helplessness as we hear stories of ongoing violence and terror in Israel. We visit Israel and meet young people similar in every way to our own children. These teens lives have been devastated by hatred and violence and it breaks our hearts.

But there is a way for you to make a difference. Open Hearts Open Homes is a program through the JCC of Northern NJ to help bring comfort to Israeli teens affected by terrorism to our community for the summer. Twenty teens are selected to experience hope and healing during three weeks each summer.

Please help us make this 20th summer an outstanding one for these Israeli teens, like Orel, and our community.

If you have any questions about Open Hearts Open Homes or are interested in hosting an Israeli teen this summer, please contact Elana Prezant at (201) 666-6610 ext. 3 or [email protected]

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Blog Posts

Shabbat in Acco

Erica Danziger | TUE, AUG 17, 2021

Enjoy this "report from the field" from Elana Prezant, JCCNNJ's Supervisor of Open Hearts Open Homes on the group's Shabbat weekend together. On Friday, our Open Hearts Open Homes group…

read more

Update from Israel: OHOH teens in camp!

Erica Danziger | THU, AUG 12, 2021

As you've heard, this year's Open Hearts Open Homes (OHOH) program is special and unique this summer. Instead of hosting teens from Israel to stay with host families in our…

read more

Exciting News from Open Hearts Open Homes

Erica Danziger | THU, JUL 01, 2021

Israeli teen program pivots for Summer 2021 This has been a very difficult year for us all and we wanted to update you on the Open Hearts Open Homes program…

read more

LIVE from Israel: Eyewitness Accounts

Erica Danziger | SAT, MAY 29, 2021

In May, during the height of Guardian of the Walls, our northern NJ Jewish community gathered on Zoom to hear the eyewitness accounts of life in Israel. During this conflict,…

read more