The Michigan/Central Galilee Partnership 2000 encourages and fosters enduring relationships between Jewish communities in Michigan and the Central Galilee. Federation’s leadership works closely with representatives of municipal authorities and a strong network of volunteers to develop activities of mutual interest and benefit.
- Partnership 2000 provides a variety of programs in the following areas:
People To People
- Young Leadership
- The Young Leadership program is a parallel leadership development program for men and women between the ages of 27 to 45 from Michigan and the Central Galilee. These groups are comprised of individuals who have demonstrated leadership ability and have shown a desire to learn and do more for their Jewish communities. The program includes interactions with community lay leadership, hands-on training and development of leadership skills, participation in national and regional leadership conferences, exchanges, and joint projects between the Michigan and Central Galilee groups.
- Professional Exchanges
- One unique aspect of Michigan’s partnership with the Central Galilee is its opportunities for the two communities to learn and grow together within specific fields of expertise. Professional exchanges, such as the Educator’s, Women’s and Hospice exchanges, have provided successful avenues to accomplish this goal. For example, the Educator’s Exchange of March 2002 brought seven educators from the Region to Michigan to create and further develop educational programs with a select group of metro Detroit counterparts for implementation both here in Michigan and in the Central Galilee. With this highly successful visit, a reverse trip is planned where the Michigan participants will travel to the Region and follow up on the projects developed during the Israelis’ visit.
- YAD Mission Extensions in the Region
- For the Detroit participants of the annual national Young Adult Mission to Israel, this extension allows participants to travel throughout the Region and become acquainted with the many Partnership 2000 programs, as well as personally connect, interact, and volunteer with the men, women, and children of the Central Galilee.
- Joint Reading Project
- Initiated by both teacher assignments and students’ desire to communicate with a similar peer group in another country, the Joint Reading Project has created linkages between teachers and students from the Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit and the Ort Rogozin High School in Migdal HaEmek in the Central Galilee. Pairing the two schools requires preparation and collaboration by the teachers and administrators. Most importantly, the Project allows the students to learn from the same texts and material in the same time frame and then dialogue about them in creative ways, such as via joint projects, mail, phone conversations, e-mail, and videoconferencing.
- Beit Midrash
- The Partnership 2000 Joint Beit Midrash is comprised of the Central Galilee Beit Midrash and the Michigan Beit Midrash. These two groups share a similar study plan, which has focused in previous years on the Jewish holidays, prayer, and current issues of concern to both communities. The Joint Beit Midrash provides another meaningful way to nurture significant personal and group relationships between the Central Galilee and Michigan communities, while fostering Jewish identity and communal involvement.
- Land of Our Heritage
- Jointly developed by Partnership 2000 and the Dirshu Institute of Jewish Education, the Land of Our Heritage educational program aims to provide participants with a greater understanding of the historical and political history of the Land of Israel, specifically the nature of the Jewish claim to the land, the challenges it has faced through the centuries, and the current Israeli-Arab conflict. One component of the six-part series focuses on the Central Galilee and the unique role the region has played in ancient times and its significance to the modern Jewish state. Supplemented with extensive written and audio-visual material, the program is an important tool for those involved in education, Jewish activism, politics and advocacy.
- Women’s Department
- Follow your heart. It will lead you to our door. Serving as a vital link between Jewish family life and community life, Federation’s Women’s Department is committed to welcoming and empowering women of all ages and stages of life. As one of the most trusted and effective philanthropic organizations in the world, we work to deliver help to those in need and to fulfill the dreams of a vibrant Jewish community, here at home in Detroit, in Israel and around the world.
- The Adele Mondry Women’s Center
- The Mondry Women’s Center in Nazareth Illit sponsors educational programming relating to women’s issues and regional concerns. Topics have included empowerment, equality, creative expression and co-existence amongst Arab and Jewish women. A recent topic of concern promoted awareness of women’s health through lectures, conferences, leadership programs, and a support hotline. Target populations in the region include new immigrants, the elderly, and professionals.
- Support for Female Abuse Victims
- Developed in conjunction with the Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit and funded by the Washtenaw County Jewish Federation in Ann Arbor, the Support for Female Abuse Victims program is comprised of a regional network of women volunteers in the Central Galilee who assist female abuse victims break away from the circle of violence. By lending an attentive ear, providing support and counseling, and mediating assistance from governmental support services, the volunteers work towards helping the victims better deal with the physical and mental challenges that result from their abusive situations. The volunteers are also able to help the abused women deal with the resulting social, economic, and cultural impacts; issues that are often beyond the scope of the state-sponsored services.
- Israel Emergency Fund
- In light of the current situation in Israel, the Jewish Community of Metropolitan Detroit has designated funds raised through the Israel Emergency Campaign to assist with social welfare needs in our Partnership 2000 Region. Food baskets, after school programs, and supplementing security throughout the Region are some of the ways the Detroit community is making sure that the immediate needs in our Region are met.
- Integration of Olim
- By involving new immigrants and veteran Israelis in community activities that promote a supportive environment, this project emphasizes tolerance and acceptance of others through weekly integrative activities and tutorial programs. Implemented in schools and community centers in Nazareth Illitand Migdal Emek, , activities are open to the public and work to enhance community self-esteem, consolidation, and integration.
- The Milton and Lois Shiffman Home Hospice of the Valleys
- Developed by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network, and coordinated by Kupot Holim Klalit, the Milton and Lois Shiffman Home Hospice of the Valleys provides or home hospice service needs (medical, nursing and social work) for terminally ill patients and their families in the Central Galilee (Arab, Jewish and Christian).
- Hafuch al Hafuch
- Located in Migdal HaEmek, the Hafuch al Hafuch program funded by the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, provides troubled and at-risk youth with a safe, friendly, and informative environment to escape from the fears and anxieties of current daily life in Israel. The Center trains both its youth and adult staff members and volunteers in guidance and counseling, as well as in mediation with parents or other social welfare services, when necessary. Youth volunteers coordinate events, holiday parties, educational seminars and the Hafuch al Hafuch newsletter. Cultural liaisons, olim who are already integrated in Israeli society, serve as key role models and counselors for new immigrant teenagers, as they can empathize with the difficulties the youth face and offer them support and friendship.
- Creative Coexistence Leadership
- By pairing each of the three municipalities of the Partnership 2000 Region with three neighboring Arab cities, 60 young people are actively involved in workshops to reinforce national and bi-national identity and to plan and implement joint community projects.
- Notes of Harmony
- Music students and teachers participate in school music programs and music centers in both Jewish and Arab towns and cities in the Central Galilee. The program offers the Jewish and Arab music students the opportunity to enrich their individual musical experiences by studying, practicing and performing music together. Additionally, the project provides a forum for the music instructors to share resources and enhance skills through a variety of workshops, focusing on choirs, string ensembles, wind instrument ensembles, and ensembles that integrate oriental (Arabic), classical, and folk music. This program fosters an environment of interaction and understanding.
- Strings of Peace
- The program spearheaded by the Music Center at the Jezreel Valley Center for the Arts and Culture, brings Jewish and Arab children together to play violin. Meeting weekly, together with their parents, children from Kibbutz Sarid and the Arab village of Manshiat Zebda, both in the Jezreel Valley, participate in individual as well as group violin lessons. The music sessions provide the children with an opportunity to learn violin basics, sing in Hebrew and Arabic, perform concerts, and participate in other activities that attempt to build closer relationships based on friendship, understanding, mutual trust, and music.