This PartnershipUp2Date is filled with a spirit of inspiration and opportunity as we embark upon a new year. 

We wish you and your loved ones a Shana Tova and Meaningful Holidays!

As we look ahead, our hope is for a wonderful year for our Partnerships, a year in which together we continue to positively influence the Jewish People. A year in which we strengthen our ties while building new friendships and expanding our Partnership family. 


'248' Has Launched! 
P2G's Global Community Action Network

Earlier this month we launched 248, our Global Community Action Network (formerly P2G’s Young Professional Platform for Jewish Action).This new initiative is being done in conjunction with The Ruderman Family Foundation, with whom we share a commitment to strengthening the relationship between Israeli society and North American Jews. We are grateful for the Ruderman Foundation’s generous support of 248, and for their belief in the P2G platform and in our ability to inspire and nurture emerging community leaders in Doing Jewish.

What is 248? A Glocal Network of Jewish Doers. 

248 is based on building Jewish community locally and utilizing and building a network to encourage the replication and adaptation of innovative ideas and practices globally. We are targeting Israeli and overseas Jewish Doers who have an interest in impacting community, Jewish issues, and in the power of the Jewish collective.
248 embodies the following pillars and is simultaneously being developed as a program and a network: Doing; Network; Glocality; Technology; Self-Development; and Jewish Peoplehood.
Our pilot year involves 19 participants and 8 communities from Israel and overseas, representing 5 Partnerships.
As we move forward, work continues on content development for upcoming sessions including cool video and whiteboard animations, production of weekly newsletters for engaging participants, partnering with the Strategic Planning Unit on evaluation, and testing out various digital platforms to see what works best for our participants. 


Two New Partnerships Born
Zichron Ya'akov | South Palm Beach County 
 and Shoham | Memphis

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and Zichron Yaakov Partnership began in Feb and it's off to a great start. During the first six months 320 Boca Raton residents visited Zichron Yaakov, these groups included 8th-grade students from Donna Klein Jewish Academy, teens arriving after the March of the Living in Poland, young adults coming for a home hospitality Shabbat experiences, 40 women on their Jewish Women's Renaissance Project trip, and Jewish professionals and lay leaders. Steering Committee meetings have been established with the first one happening in Boca Raton, January 2018.

In November, Zichron Yaakov will host 80 SPBC representatives for a special event. Several programs have been designed for the coming year, including School Twinning, a Young Leadership program and a special hosting initiative called Be Our Guests.

The New Shoham | Memphis Partnership is taking its first steps! 
Following a successful visit of the Jewish Federation of Memphis in Shoham in May 2017, a delegation of the Israeli Steering Committee, Chaired by Orly Lahat, and joined by P2G COO Hagar Shoham Marko, flew to Memphis for the first joint Steering Committee, where they reached consensus on the Partnerships goals and programmatic agenda. An exciting new School Twinning project was born and this month Anna Berkman started her new position as the Partnership Director. Thank you to JAFI’s Yahal Porat professional led the up-building of the partnership.

Following the Jewish holidays, students from the Yahalom School in Shoham are making a reciprocal visit with their friends at the Bornblum Jewish Community School following last year’s visit and home hospitality in Shoham. Among the highlights is participation in Memphis’s world famous BBQ competition and of course discovering the multi-faceted and pluralistic local Jewish community. And this is just the beginning!


Professionals Exposed to Community Development in Cleveland
Beit Shean & Valley of Springs | Cleveland

Professionals from the communities of Bet Shean and Valley of Springs traveled to Cleveland to discover areas of economic growth and community/urban development in the neighborhood of St. Clair Superior, Cleveland. The project was initiated by the Bridge to the Future organization, and managed by the Bet Shean, Valley of Springs and Cleveland Partnership with support from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

During their shlichut the professionals encountered similar challenges between their communities and identified initiatives and opportunities which they can apply back home. It is important to note that part of their visit was conducted in the neighborhood of St. Clair Superior, a non-Jewish neighborhood. This is due to the fact that the Jewish Federation of Cleveland attaches great importance to the provision of assistance to underprivileged neighborhoods in Cleveland, particularly when it is possible to generate cross-cultural learning.

The group had many emotional and meaningful moments during their visit; seeing the Israeli flag displayed alongside the U.S. flag and reinforcing their relationship through home hospitality, joint activities, study groups, and personal interactions with local residents.


P2G Strategic Planning
Central Galilee | Michigan

After a year of work, The Central Galilee and Michigan Partnership is concluding a strategic process to define new and more significant areas of activity to add to its range of operations. In this framework, Effi Zamir, a volunteer member of the Steering Committee, who headed the New Directions mission, initiated the idea of distributing a survey designed to expose the wishes of the communities who are served by Partnership.

The Strategy Unit of the Jewish Agency contributed to the project and, together, a survey was developed which was augmented by data focused questions relating to demographics, relationships with the Partnership, etc. The survey was distributed to approximately 1,500 people connected to the Central Galilee Partnership and some 1,000 people connected to the Partnership in Michigan. The survey was distributed via email, text, personal WhatsApp messages and the Partnership’s Facebook page.

The results from approximately 550 respondents from the Central Galilee and 250 in Michigan provided a system-wide picture of the target audiences wishes, including meaningful ideas for connecting and strengthening the relationship between the constituents and Partnership and a wealth of data to improve the Partnership's communication with these target audiences. 

If your Partnership would like to execute a strategic evaluation and measurement process we will be happy to offer the knowledge and experience we have developed for 20 years. Visit the P2G Knowledge Center for an overview of opportunities for Partnership assessment and measurement.

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