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by Marni vyn, Board Chair
Since 1994, three Michigan communities (Metropolitan Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids) have partnered with three municipalities in Israel: Migdal HaEmek, NofHaGalil, and the Jezreel Valley located in the Central Galilee region.
As one of 46 Jewish Agency Partnership2Gether parings throughout the United States, the program originally was designed to address needs in Israel. Today, the Partnership strives to build significant opportunities and sustain long-lasting, people to people relationships through a variety of collaborative programs and shared resources strengthening both communities.
Missions, exchanges, and support of English Language instruction are today's primary focuses. Over many years, the Michigan communities and Central Galilee counterparts have become more than partners. We are inspired to connect Our next generation. We are family. Two communities, One future.
On October 25, the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids welcomed a delegation of 15 Israelis and 10 lay leaders from the Federations of Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. They came to learn about Our community and help Grand Rapids more deeply engage in the P2G program. We are excited about the opportunities to strengthen Our connection to Israel!