Hilla (14) from Israel: "I had a very special experience where I met new friends from another country. I also learned about the similarity and differences in the Israeli and Jewish American approach to philanthropy and specially that the main difference is that In the States donations is a way to maintain your Jewish and community life".

Community Philanthropy Challenge 

Twenty-one Israeli and American teens took part in an experience that dealt with the world of Jewish non-profit organizations and philanthropy. For their final assignment, we asked them to pitch on behalf of their chosen organization before an Allocations Committee (consisting of Professionals and Lay Leaders representing our Partnership communities) for the purpose of winning a donation for their organization. The simulation exposed them to the challenges that non-profit organizations have in seeking out donations to support their causes.

Hilla (14) from Israel: "I had a very special experience where I met new friends from another country. I also learned about the similarity and differences in the Israeli and Jewish American approach to philanthropy and specially that the main difference is that In the States donations is a way to maintain your Jewish and community life".

Hilla (14) from Israel: "I had a very special experience where I met new friends from another country. I also learned about the similarity and differences in the Israeli and Jewish American approach to philanthropy and specially that the main difference is that In the States donations is a way to maintain your Jewish and community life".

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Hilla (14) from Israel: "I had a very special experience where I met new friends from another country. I also learned about the similarity and differences in the Israeli and Jewish American approach to philanthropy and specially that the main difference is that In the States donations is a way to maintain your Jewish and community life".

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Israeli Advocacy Seminar

A group of twenty-seven Israeli and American Partnership teens graduated from a six-day Advocacy Seminar led by StandWithUs. The teens were divided into eight groups and chose the topics they wanted to explore throughout the seminar. Some of the topics included issues of racism in Israel and the US, women's rights, the political system, security crossings and checkpoints in Israel and in the United States and more. The program concluded with presentations given by the teens who presented eloquently and authentically.

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Jordan Grossman (Northeast Florida/Jacksonville): "during the session they prepared us for answering specific questions, how to use stories and statistics, and how to keep conversations respectful all when talking about Israel. The Israel Advocacy Seminar was a great experience that strengthened my emotional connection to Israel and my peers and prepared me for future advocacy".

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The first virtual global festival for Jewish teens was held in August 2020 and came as a replacement to other summer programs that had been cancelled due to Covid-19. The festival was the Jewish Agency for Israel Partnership Unit's initiative and brought together more than 1,600 teens from six continents to experience various activities, interactive conversations, experiential workshops, art workshops, study sessions, virtual tours, escape rooms, musical clips, stories of Jewish communal life and Aliyah and more. The teens got to meet peers from all over the world through a creative, fun and accessible platform which strengthened their Jewish ties.