Israel / Overseas Programs

 

Keeping Israel and overseas Jewish communities safe, strong and prosperous has always been one of our top priorities. We provide meaningful support in times of need while, at the same time, promoting individual connections through travel opportunities, educational programs and cultural exchanges. Opportunities to get involved abound.


 

Keshet Berlinsky Edry, St. Paul Community Shlicha 

 

Keshet (her full name is Keshet rainbow warrior Berlinsky Edry, but that’s a story for another time) is from a moshav called Mashen, located next to Ashkelon. She comes from a modern family and has one older brother from both her my parents, two little sisters and a brother from her dad, and a little brother from her mom. 


Keshet was an education instructor for many years, and was in BBYO Israel and in LEAD organization. She did a year of service in Kibbutz Lotan prior to her army service. She served a year as a commander and a year as a tour guide for soldiers in Jerusalem. After the army, Keshet went back to the kibbutz and worked a year as a kindergarten teacher. Then, she went on a three months trip to the U.S. and had an amazing adventure.  She was even in Minnesota, in a town called Pipestone volunteering with the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipe Makers, a non-profit American Indian organization.


We are grateful to have Keshet working in our community! Contact her at kedry@stpaulfed.org or 651-690-1709

Partnership 2GETHER: St. Paul/Israel

 

This program creates a living bridge between the Jews of Israel and the Jews of Diaspora to strengthen Jewish identity and form a strong, stable and united global community with Israel at its center.

What is Partnership 2Gether (P2G)?

Partnership 2Gether is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul and the Jewish Agency for Israel, designed to cultivate people-to-people relationships, projects and professional programs between St. Paul and our partner region, Sovev Kinneret, in Israel. Volunteers from St. Paul collaborate with their Israeli counterparts on cultural, social and educational exchanges.

Where is our "Partnership region?

The St. Paul Jewish community is paired with the Sovev Kinneret region in northern Israel. It includes the communities of the city of Tiberias, the Lower Galilee, the Jordan River Valley and Kvar Tavor.

We share the partnership with Milwaukee.

How does P2G work?

Through a committee comprised of community leaders from St. Paul, Milwaukee, and the Sovev Kinneret region, we collaborate on community development projects and exchange programs each year. St. Paul Jewish community members can visit and volunteer in our Partnership Region.

Birthright Israel

 

An unprecedented partnership between the people of Israel through their government, local Jewish communities, and the Jewish Agency for Israel, to provide college-age young adults, 18-26 with their first educational peer-group trip to Israel for free. Learn more

Passport to Israel

 

Passport to Israel is a savings incentive program that encourages families to start saving early for a child's educational Israel experience. The Jewish community believes that this type of experience is important for our youth. Learn more

Scholarships

 

E. David Fischman Scholarship provides scholarships to Israeli students who want to attend top U.S. universities and return to Israel to apply their education and experience in their homeland.

Supporting Israel & the World

 

We proudly support the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) to help provide a safety net of services to Jews in need in 70 countries around the world. Learn more