Partnership with Israel concentrates on Israel's peripheral areas, like the Negev and Galilee, which hold more than two-thirds of Israel's land reserves, yet houses only 17% of the population. The regions' potential for development and immigrant absorption remains largely untapped because of high unemployment rates and weak educational infrastructure. Partnership with Israel is working to change that.
Today, 27 regions have been matched with 550 Diaspora communities. Nearly every region combines urban centers with neighboring rural peripheries. The principal categories for intervention are immigrant absorption and population growth, job creation and human needs. Its goal is to partner Jewish communities worldwide with regions in Israel to create people-to-people relationships between Israeli and Diaspora Jews.
Since its inception in 2000, countless children, teenagers and adults in Michiana have enjoyed the benefits of shared arts programs and joint American-Israeli classroom projects through Partnership with Israel. The Michiana community has helped with the mitzvah of developing the regional security and state-of-the-art hospital and medical facilities, and has also been able to send local medical professionals to the region for Emergency Medical training. Partnership with Israel also is dedicated to helping Michiana teenagers visit Israel and the Partnership Region.
A Common Fate (From our Partnership's Website)
Above, David Ravitch, our Partnership Chair, visits Israel
Every year the Jewish Agency’s Western Galilee-Central Area Consortium Partnership 2gether has two steering committee meetings: one in the Western Galilee and one in the USA. Last week, the steering committee meeting, in which 12 people, representing 7 out of the 12 communities on the American side of the Partnership took part, took place in the Western Galilee; on the Israeli side the representatives of the Partnership management, the coordinators, and the volunteers participated.
The Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether platform (P2G, previously known as Partnership 2000) has become the paradigm for successfully partnering global Jewish communities directly with Israeli communities—the majority of which are in national priority areas. More than 300,000 participants from Israel and the overseas communities take part in some 500 programs each year, with P2G’s annual budget at $25 million.
The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley's personal connection with Israel is with the Western Galilee Consortium. If you are planning a trip to Israel with your family, let us know and we can help arrange a visit with our friends in Western Galilee.