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PARTNERSHIP2GETHER is an extraordinary global platform connecting some 550 communities around the world in 47 partnerships is a program of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America. Our partnership promotes personal relationships between the Central Area Consortium (14 U.S. Jewish communities) and Israel’s Western Galilee (Akko and Matte Asher) through cultural, educational, social, medical and economic programs. PARTNERSHIP2GETHER (P2G) builds living bridges among our communities. Sharing ideas, strengths, challenges and models of success; and empowering ALL communities to generate waves of change, the impact of these programs go far beyond the community level—each of us has the opportunity to become directly and personally involved.


    Partnership is dedicated to connecting people and making a difference for Jews in Israel and America. Through the structure of 6 task forces (Arts, Education, Missions & Marketing, Medical, Regional Development, and Budapest) community members can be agents of change and create stronger bonds between communities. The Partnership is open to new ideas and people who wish to connect between the 14 Jewish communities and the Western Galilee.

Artist in Residency Program


In May 2011 Habib and Manijeh Nathan participated in an artist in residency program in the Western Galilee. Habib, who is a glass artist and Manijeh, who paints with oils, worked with artists in the Western Galilee region and they participated in program with students.

The Nathans helped welcome the Western Galilee Firemen who visited San Antonio after attending a training session at Texas A&M.

Congregational Mission

According to Hazzan Jeremy Lipton who traveled to the Western Galilee on a congregational mission:   "As I experienced it, the true strength of the Partnership with Israel lies in the commitment of its volunteers and professionals, regular people like you and me, living and working in the Western Galilee to bring their expertise, commitment and passion to us, working tirelessly to bolster our personal ties to the people and to the Land of Israel, our spiritual homeland."

The New Friendly Room at the Western Galilee Hospital

According to Judy Lackritz, CRC director of the Jewish Federation, who attended the opening of the Friendly Room which is located on the grounds of the Western Galilee hospital: "The Room is designed for victims of sexual abuse, where they can receive medical care, meet with police to make a report, and talk to counselors who can help them deal with the trauma of their incident.  The 15 communities in the Central Consortium, which includes San Antonio, have helped to fund the project."

Western Galilee Hospital aids Syrian refugees

The New York Times reportsthat "across Forbidden Border, doctors in Israel Quietly Tend to Syria’s Wounded. As the Syrian civil war rages, scores of Syrian casualties have been discreetly spirited across the hostile frontier for lifesaving treatment in Israel, an enemy country.


The old city of Acco (Akko) is part of the Western Gallilee and a major tourist attraction of the region.

P2G in the Western Galilee

PARTNERSHIP2GETHER is made up of an inclusive and active network of people focused on the mutual exchange of ideas and programs with the goal of developing relationships to strengthen our global Jewish Identity. Our PARTNERSHIP2GETHER Communities include: Akron, Canton, Dayton, Toledo, Youngstown, Ohio; Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana, South Bend, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska; Austin, San Antonio, Texas; and Budapest are linked with the Akko and Matte Asher in the Western Galilee.

Connecting to the Western Galilee

There are many ways to connect to the Western Galilee through its tasks forces. For more information contact Judy Lackritz at the Jewish Federatoin of San Antonio at lackritzj@jfsatx. To learn more about the Western Galilee Partnership, click P2K.