Jewish Community Centers in Palo Alto, New York, Israel, and Poland will partner for the first time as part of the JCC Global’s Amitim 2.0  – Fellows: A Global Leadership Network program. The JCCs officially launched the partnership at the JCC Global World Conference, Nov. 5-9, in Tarrytown, New York.

The Mayerson JCC will partner with the JCC in Netanya, Israel, and the Estadio Israelita Maccabi in Santiago, Chile, as part of the fellowship program.

The Amitim 2.0-Fellows is a three-year Global Leadership Network program that brings Jewish Peoplehood concepts and programs to the next generation of JCCs worldwide and expands the global network of Jewish leaders and JCCs.

The fellowship allows the JCCs to gain a global Jewish perspective, learn about Jews in other communities and nurture their sense of responsibility for the Jewish people worldwide. Participants will also build long-term relationships between the JCCs to strengthen their respective Jewish Community Centers. Ultimately, Amitim 2.0 aims to allow Jews in different countries to connect, break down stereotypes and build bridges of understanding and support.

The JCC Global conference convened 110 Fellows from 53 JCCs in 15 countries, who participated in an in-depth process to meet global partners and programs. As part of this process, they engaged in speed dating – intense networking – in order to find global partners.

According to JCC Global Executive Director Smadar Bar-Akiva, JCCs are the center of Jewish peoplehood and the ideal venue to teach that concept. 

“In today’s world, where fear and mistrust often segregate and isolate, the Jewish Community Centers are the big tent under which a wide range of people congregate. JCCs, often at the heart of the Jewish community, provide services and programs that build and strengthen Jewish communal life and provide Jewish educational experiences to and for Jews and non-Jews of all ages and orientations,” Bar-Akiva said.

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