Partnership2Gether International School Twinning Network

Background

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.  Click here to read more about Partnership2Gether.

The Partnership2Gether International School Twinning Network leverages the Partnership2Gether platform to build bridges between schools in Israel and Jewish communities around the world.

Twinning programs ideally promote the sense of Jewish Peoplehood and shared responsibility – for pupils in Diaspora and Israel schools alike. Pupils have the chance to meet each other for dynamic conversations around issues such as Jewish Identity and Social Responsibility. Twinning programs likewise link educators for professional and personal enrichment.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of hundreds of educators, “school twinning” has evolved as Partnership2Gether’s flagship program. The program’s success stems from its ability to engage the school community as a whole (pupils, educators, parents) in promoting Jewish Peoplehood, catalyzing development of new educational programs and pedagogic methods along the way.

The grassroots school twinning program has evolved into several models of operations, with all of them focusing on Jewish values, Jewish identity, culture and heritage.

The Vision

  • Creation of an international network that links Jewish schools involved in twinning activity with Israeli schools.
  • A pluralistic network serving a wide variety of schools: Jewish schools and public schools; schools from the different streams of Judaism; kindergarten, elementary and high schools; day schools and supplementary schools; schools from different sectors in Israel.
  • The network will share best practices and lesson plans between participating schools, will offer professional accompaniment and training, and will help link peer groups within the network.

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