Created by The Jewish Agency for Israel, Partnership2Gether (P2G) aims to connect a city in the Diaspora with a city or region in Israel.  Since 2006, our Jewish Federation has partnered with the Eshkol region, a 300-square-mile portion of Israel’s western Negev desert bordering Egypt and Gaza. 

Over the years, many Capital Region people have visited the region and shared personal experiences around what life in the Negev in an agricultural community is like. Through curated opportunities to learn from and grow with each other, our teens, community members, elders, and young professionals have created deep and meaningful connections with those who call Eshkol home. This makes it an amazing resource to connect with real people every day and easier to call upon each other for support, such that when times are tough, we can have immediate responses. Our Jewish Federation, in partnership with P2G’s efforts, encompasses areas like technology, arts programs, schools, youth, and a young-adult center.

We invite you to include a visit to the Eshkol region on your own on your next trip to Israel or join us through one of our community missions.

"In the future, we want our relationship to grow. We will be employing web conferencing to directly relate to our peers in the Eshkol region of Israel in real time. This is true whether two elementary school classrooms study together and talk directly to each other, or whether teenagers in our Day School and youth groups talk to their peers in Israel. We could even arrange for our seniors here to talk to seniors in Israel. The goal is to create an extended family so that we become a part of each other’s lives."
-Randy Shapiro, P2G committee chair

 For more information about Partnership2Gether, contact:

Marci Galinkin

(518) 783-7800 ext. 239