Partnership2Gether (P2G)

What is Partnership 2Gether?

Partnership 2Gether (P2G) is a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) that:

  • Provides opportunities for 500 Jewish communities worldwide to participate in cultural, educational and social exchanges with Israeli communities
  • Strengthens the bonds between Israel and Diaspora Jewry through “sister city” pairings
  • Offers Diaspora Jews a hands on vehicle to assist in Israel’s economic and community development

Where is our “Partnership region?”

The Minneapolis Jewish Community is paired with the city of Rehovot and the Central District of Israel. Located about 12 miles south of Tel Aviv, the Central District is one of six administrative districts, including most of the Sharon region. Rehovot has a population around 115,000 and is one of the first communities founded in the modern State of Israel.

Partnership2Gether’s Mission

To develop and strengthen Jewish communities in Israel and overseas by creating revitalized, ongoing, and meaningful engagement between members of these communities, based on mutual endeavor and shared Jewish identity.

P2G Programs

ConnecTEEN 2021–22

The Partnership2Gether ConnecTEEN 2021-22 program is a virtual opportunity to unite and bridge the gap between Jewish American teens and Jewish Israeli teens while building lasting connections. As a member of this group, you will engage in eight months of learning, storytelling, and dialogue with your peers in Rehovot—all while having a great time with new friends! Plus, we’re setting plans in motion to travel to Israel in late 2021—see below for more details.  Meet the 2020-2021 Cohort here!

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These classes will serve as a time to share thoughts, reflections, and ideas, to think critically, learn from various speakers and each other, and to challenge yourself to grow. For an hour and a half each month, you’ll have the chance to dive deep into a topic about Israel or Jewish identity and process it with your peers on the other side of the world! Plans for an in-person trip to Israel are also underway, and your Israeli counterparts are also planning a visit to Minneapolis in spring 2022—stay tuned for more details, and view the dates below.

By the end of the program, we hope that you will feel more connected to your Jewish heritage, your Jewish community and to Israel, and that each of your lives will be enriched through lasting friendships.

Applicants must be in grades 10–12 at the start of the program and able to commit to the whole year (September to May). Mifgashim (sessions) will take place on Sundays beginning in October 2021 and running to May 2022—see dates below.

Total cost of program: $2050
Stipend: $250 if all requirements met
You Pay: $1800
Deadline to apply is September 1, 2021.

For every person that you refer to the program and who is accepted into the program, you will receive $100. Only one person may be listed as referring you and you may receive up to $500.

Classes will be held on Sundays from 12 PM–1:30 PM, on the following dates (subject to change):

Oct. 17—Shalom! Who are We?
Nov. 7—Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor (with Sally Abrams and Holly Brod Farber)
Nov. 14—Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor Part II
Nov. 21—Meet Our Israeli Friends!
Dec. 5—Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor Part III and Orientation for Israel Week
Dec. 20-29 (subject to change)—Israel Week!
Jan. 9—A Conversation with a Palestinian, facilitated by Neil Lazarus
Jan. 23—What do I care? Examining our Jewish Values
Feb. 13—Giving Circle
March 6—Le Kashkesh: Let’s Chat With the Israelis
March 20—Israel on a Local Level and Orientation for Israelis coming to Minneapolis
April 6-13 (subject to change)—Israel Comes to Us!
April 24—Israel on a Local Level, Continued
May 1— Shalom to Our Israeli Friends
May 22—Siyum—We’re Done?!

Apply here. If you have any questions, please contact Israel Program Specialist Gabe Herstig at gherstig@jewishminneapolis.org. Application deadline is October 6, 2021.

After submitting this application, you will receive an email from Gabe Herstig within two weeks. Please be sure to check your email.

Please note: There are a limited number of spots available. After completing this application, applicants are required to interview before being accepted into the program.

RE-ART

Re-Art: The Artist Exchange program engages artists from both communities as they work together throughout the year.creating art work and discussing Israel, Jewish Identity and Peoplehood through their own art creations and Jewish texts.

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​The approach is to Re-Art. Each artist creates one piece of art on the theme and shares their artwork digitally with each of the artists. Each artist modifies, adapts and re-interprets each of the pieces, creating a new work of art. This creates a total of 36 pieces of art. Through this art process, a discussion takes place resulting in workshops and exhibits in both communities. Three artists are chosen from each city, totaling six participating artists. To learn more about Re-Art, read more about the program here, or check out how the artists from the 2019-20 Minneapolis cohort felt at undertaking this project here.

For more information, please contact Eilat Harel 952-417-2321 | eharel@mplsfed.org

THE MINOR PROPHETS

So what is 248CAN? What does a Jewish doer do248 CAN is a Partnership2Gether program of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, and allows passionate young people to pursue initiatives in their Jewish communities. Want to make a podcast? Bring a new twist on Shabbat dinner to your circle? Dive into the connections between the local and global Jewish communities? 248CAN is for you. Read on for a glimpse into a day at a global Do-A-Thon and see if you can picture yourself in a future 248CAN cohort!

G2

G2 is a way for grandparents and their grandchildren to spend quality time together and explore their ties to Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. For more about G2 and the fun ways that grandparents and their grandkids have been connecting virtually, click here.

Travel Vicariously—news from Rehovot

Stay Up-To-Date on Rehovot

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See the latest postings from Rehovot, as well as local connections here in Minneapolis. Click to follow us!

Read about the three local artists who made art and connections from across the world.

Read more about the 248 Do-A-Thon from earlier this year here.

Sally Abrams, who is a member of the P2G steering committee – taught about MPLS and the Jewish community to classrooms in Rehovot on Monday, November 9th.

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For more information on P2G, please contact Eilat Harel 952-417-2321 | eharel@mplsfed.org

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