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Stories from our Global Twinning Program: Bryan & Gal

Stories from our Global Twinning Program: Bryan & Gal

We’re celebrating the 20th year of The Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program! This life-changing program brings Israel education to life by taking it out of the textbook and into the country. In honor of the program’s 20th year, we are highlighting alumni through a series of blogs — like this interview with paired participants Bryan Gershkowitz and Gal Dali. They are celebrating 13 years of Twinning friendship! Check out our interview with Bryan and Gal to learn about the impact of their experiences. Read More »

Tags: Faces of Federation, School Twinning Program

Our School Twinning Program Changes Lives

Our School Twinning Program Changes Lives

Every year, students from 20 schools in Los Angeles, 20 schools in Tel Aviv and one school in Vilnius, Lithuania, participate in this transformative program. They live in each other’s homes, learn in their partner schools and experience the local culture firsthand. The main goal of the program is to build strong relationships between the participants, their families and their schools... Read More »

Tags: Community Events, Community News, Education, Federation News, Jewish News, School Twinning Program, Volunteering

From Memory to Identity: Reclaiming Jewish History in Vilnius

From Memory to Identity: Reclaiming Jewish History in Vilnius

The Joint Teachers Seminar has been a key element of the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles School Twinning Program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for the last 12 years. It is the only twinning activity at which all schools are represented at the same time, fostering the development of a shared language for the examination of significant Jewish themes. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, School Twinning Program

His Way - Misha Jakobas, Vilnius, Lithuania

His Way - Misha Jakobas, Vilnius, Lithuania

I met Misha for the first time in the fall of 2011 in Tel Aviv. Misha is the head of Shalom Aleichem School in Vilnius. The school was recruited through the JDC to be part of the LA Jewish Federation’s new triangle exchange program called TALAVI (Tel Aviv – Los Angeles – Vilnius). At first sight Misha looked like a regular middle aged man, gray hair, tall, impressive, very polite with European manners. Read More »

Tags: Education, Engaging in our Community, School Twinning Program

Surprised and Proud: My First School Twinning Trip

Surprised and Proud: My First School Twinning Trip

About a week ago, I returned from Israel where I was privileged to be accompanying my students on The Jewish Federation’s Tel Aviv-Los Angeles-Vilnius School Twinning program. A total of thirty 8th grade students from Kehillat Israel Religious school in Pacific Palisades, Shalom Aleichem school in Vilnius, Lithuania and Shevach Mofet school in Tel Aviv, traveled, studied and came together for 10 amazing days. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation Events, Israel, School Twinning Program

Twinning Builds Friendship

Twinning Builds Friendship

My daughter, Madeleine, and her new friend, Adi, from Israel sit across the table from me and I am completely overwhelmed with the ease in their conversation. My daughter is speaking Hebrew and her friend is speaking English. Five days ago, they didn’t even know each other. Our school Pressman Academy is twinned with the Magen School in Tel Aviv, Israel. Read More »

Tags: Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, Israel, School Twinning Program

One Partnership, Three Perspectives

One Partnership, Three Perspectives

As the Senior Education Director of The Jewish Federation’s School Twinning program, I recently returned from an Educator’s visit to Lithuania as part of our new 3-way partnership program between the Shalom Aleichem School in Tel Aviv, Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, and the Shevach Mofet School in Vilnius. Read More »

Tags: Education, Ensuring the Jewish Future, Federation News, School Twinning Program