Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Our Work in Israel

Partnership 2000 (P2K)

The Jewish Agency’s Partnership 2000 program (P2K) has become the paradigm for successfully partnering global Jewish communities directly with Israeli communities – the majority of which are in national priority areas.

An extraordinary global platform connecting some 550 communities around the world in 45 partnerships, P2K is building living bridges among these communities. Sharing ideas, strengths, challenges and models of success; and empowering BOTH communities to generate waves of change. But the impact of these projects goes far beyond the community level – each of us has the opportunity to become directly and personally involved.

More than 300,000 participants from Israel and the overseas communities take part in some 500 programs each year, with Partnership 2000’s annual budget at $25 million.

When it was established in 1994 by the Jewish Agency, United Jewish Communities, and Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal, Partnership 2000 represented a major transition from the Project Renewal – twinning model, which focused on transforming disadvantaged communities through building physical and social infrastructure.

Now, we’re building community and leadership.

A local endeavor with national impact, each P2K partnership provides the opportunity for communities to connect and interpersonal relationships to flourish. Through a shared committee process of the partnered communities, every year more than 10,000 volunteers work together to examine issues and responses, to determine projects and budgets. The principal areas of involvement within the individual partnership regions are effecting change in education and fostering economic development.

One of the most exciting and far-reaching aspects of P2K is the mutuality of impact. Volunteers from abroad that come to Israel to be involved in this process return to strengthen their own communities. Today, we are innovating to align Partnership 2000 with evolving changes in Israeli society – transforming P2K into a volunteer-driven leadership process in Israel that will provide an extraordinary foundation for Israel’s emerging volunteer sector.

People-to-People Partnerships with Israel

Outreach to new Jewish populations is critical to meet our goal of a unified, connected Jewish world. To help ensure that the Jewish people across the globe remain united and strong, the Jewish Agency established the People-to-People (P2P) Center in 2001 as a means to initiate, strengthen and expand individual and organizational connections.

Today, we’re taking a fresh look at non-geographic partnerships. What new approaches can we take to increase our mutuality of impact? Global Jewish partnerships are being built and sustained through the linking of shared interests and affinities worldwide. While these groups initially form based on the affinity interest, what really solidifies the connection is the act of working together for a common cause.

Bringing Israel into Communities

At the heart of building the partnership between Israel and Jewish communities throughout the world is the Jewish Agency’s team of Israeli emissaries. They are key connectors, ensuring that Israel remains a valuable and active part of the community environment. Today, these include young Israelis who volunteer for a year of service in their partner community. It is because of Partnership 2000’s success that we have the capacity now to send young Israelis into Jewish communities as volunteers.

This is what the living bridge is all about.

Communities enriching and strengthening one another.

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