After months of preparation, select high school teens from San Diego, CA; Sofia, Bulgaria; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Sha'ar HaNegev, Israel, participated in the first-ever virtual Global Partnership Program, a collaborative effort between the Jewish Federation of San Diego County and the San Diego Jewish Teen Initiative. Forty teens, from four global Jewish communities, participated in a week-long interactive program with a focus on Jewish peoplehood and shared responsibility for one another.
Participant Liza Ivlicheva, a GPP teen from Saint Petersburg, Russia, shared, "Today was amazing. I was very interested to hear the stories of the Jewish leaders who participated in today's session, and how proud they are about leading with their Jewish values. I am very happy to participate in such a great project."
The teens learned about each other's community, had profound conversations about shared Jewish values, and discussed the role of global Jewish leaders.
The program concluded with an interactive global Shabbat celebration – a collective effort incorporating Shabbat rituals according to the many local traditions represented. This special celebration, which was attended by lay leaders, donors, and other community guests, was a perfecting ending to a powerful and meaningful week.
To learn more about the Teen Global Partnership Program please reach out to Miri Ketayi, Director Israel & Overseas.
Director Israel & Overseas