The Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether platform (P2G, previously known as Partnership 2000) 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, P2G 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 go 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 P2G’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 P2G 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 P2G 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 P2G with evolving changes in Israeli society. Transforming P2G into a volunteer-driven leadership process in Israel that will provide an extraordinary foundation for Israel’s emerging volunteer sector.