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. P2G connects 450 Jewish and Israeli communities in 46 city-to-city and region-to-region partnerships, engaging more than 350,000 participants each year in meaningful, ongoing connections between Israelis and Jews around the world through unique programs and one-on-one encounters.
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 2Gether. The Michiana community has helped with the mitzvah of developing the regional security and state-of-the-art hospital and medical facilities. Our Partnership2Gether programs helped send local medical professionals to the region for Emergency Medical training, community members on artist-focused missions, and teens on Israeli Missions with other youth from our consortium.
For more information on the Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether program
Western Galilee Consortium
The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley's personal connection with Israel is with the Western Galilee Consortium. The Western Galilee P2G connects the U.S. Central Area Consortium consisting of 14 U.S. Jewish Federation communities, Budapest, Hungary, and Israel’s Western Galilee. We are made up of an inclusive and active network of people focused on the mutual exchange of ideas and programs with the goal of developing relationships to strengthen our global Jewish Identity.
Shlichim/Israeli Emissary Program
The mission and goal of the Shlichim Program with the Jewish Agency, is to foster ties between the Michiana community, especially its youth and families, to the Jewish People and to Israel. Our shlicha/shaliach joins our community typically for 1 year to help plan programs as well as build unique relationships that strengthen Jewish connections and identity while enhancing an awareness of the significance of Israel in the life of the modern Jew.
The shlicha/shaliach works with the programming department to facilitate fun and educational activities for youth and adults and Israel-related programming, including Hebrew language classes, coordinates the BBYO – SaBaBaH youth groups, serves as a Hebrew/Israel teacher for the Reform and Conservative educational programs and acts as associate director of Camp Ideal. Our shlicha/shaliach is eager to offer Israel Education at our Jewish and non-Jewish schools throughout the community.
Under the umbrella of the Community Relations Committee, the shlicha/shaliach also offers their personal perspective on Israel in both a historical and modern context. Through two unique presentations to schools, colleges, local non-profits, churches, and Jewish organizations, they share their families’ personal journeys as Israelis, and offer a unique perspective of the Holocaust. Israelis have a unique national identity that has been shaped drastically by the effects and trauma of the Holocaust in Europe.
While the primary goal of the program is to provide education about modern day Israel and put a human face on the State of Israel, the program really works both ways. Our shliacha/shaliach returns to Israel with a greater understanding of American Jews and Jewish life in the Diaspora, which brings all of us closer together.