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Israel & Overseas
In Israel and all over the world, wherever Jews live, Federation and our partners are actively helping to make the world a better place.

Israel Action Network                                               
IAN provides many local activities and resources in support of Israel and against delegitimzation. There is a speakers bureau, ongoing "BUY" cott of Israeli goods, letter-writing suggestions, websites about Israel and much more.

Taglit/Birthright Israel                                    
A Federation-partnership program which offers a free, 10-day educational trip to Israel for Jewish adults between the ages of 18 to 26. Since its inception in 2000, Taglit-Birthright Israel has sent nearly 300,000 Jewish young adults to Israel.

The Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether connects 550 communities around the world in 45 partnerships in the enterprise of building living bridges among these communities. Through sharing ideas, strengths, challenges and models of success, BOTH communities are empowered to generate change.

Beginning in 1993, the Greater New Haven Jewish community has had a sister-city relationship with the Israeli city Afula and the surrounding region of the Gilboa through the UJA Partnership 2000 program. Partnership 2000 seeks to promote relationships between partnered communities by working together on economic, social, educational and cultural projects.

Young Emissaries 
The Young Emissary program is a ten-month long volunteer service experience.  Israeli high school graduates from the Afula Gilboa region who choose to defer their army service serve as young ambassadors for Israel to the communitiesin their partnership region in Southern New England.  The emissaries are selected from among the top 100 youth leaders in their region and attend extensive preparatory seminars prior to their arrival. They are placed in pairs in eight of the Southern New England Consortium’s (SNEC) communities, including New Haven.

The mission of the Young Emissary program is to strengthen the ties between the two regions through building living bridges by means of people to people connections and strengthening the ties with Israel amongst the Jewish people living in the host communities.  Within our local community the Emissaries work at a variety of day and religious schools that represent a spectrum of Jewish affiliation, as well as community programs such as the JCC and MAKOM They also volunteer at senior care facilities, lead programs at local public and private schools, aid in high school youth movement activities, and are involved in discussion groups at the various local universities.

Local families provide room and board for our emissaries and make them feel at home by making them a part of their families. More info: Amalya Brownstein at 203-387-2424 x385 or