Partnership2Gether: Marking 20 Years of Collective Impact

San Diego has made a 17 year investment with our partnership region, Sha’ar HaNegev.  Our focus continues to be to expand and deepen the opportunities between our two communities in order to have meaningful connections with one and other. One-way in which we accomplish this by helping fund great projects run by our partner The Jewish Agency for Israel. Your support makes these projects possible. Thank you for all that you do.

By Andrea S. Arbel

Our philanthropic world is generally characterized by fast change. Three to five year funding cycles at best. Exit strategies. What is striking about Partnership2Gether (P2G) is the sheer fact that it is marking and celebrating 20 years of activity – and still growing.

For those not familiar with P2G, a bit of history. It was born 20 years ago in the name of Partnership 2000 by the Jewish Agency for Israel with its partners in the Jewish Federations of North America (then UJC) and Keren Hayesod. The founders’ main goal was to connect a specific Jewish community abroad with a city and region in Israel akin to a sister city relationship. It was designed to make what is often an amorphous relationship with Israel into something tangible, giving members of the Jewish community an opportunity to collaborate and develop true friendships with Israelis.

The essence of P2G also reflects what has been increasingly recognized in the Jewish polity: that direct engagement and a strong relationship with Israel plays an important role in strengthening the Jewish identity of diaspora Jewry; and as such there is mutual responsibility among both Israelis and overseas Jewry to ensure a strong and vibrant future for the Jewish people.

Read more at eJewish Philanthropy


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