School Twinning Program

There's no better way to learn about life and culture in another country than to experience it for yourself. The Jewish Federation's Tel Aviv/Los Angeles School Twinning Program brings Israel education to life by taking it out of the textbook and into the country itself!

The only initiative in existence that connects schools in Los Angeles with schools in Tel Aviv, this powerful program has supported more than 60,000 middle school and high school students, parents, and faculty through jointly prepared curricula, teacher training, and exchanges lasting 10 days or more.

Students live in each other's homes, learn in their partner schools and experience local culture firsthand, all while developing a lasting bond with the greater Jewish community and, for Los Angeles participants, with the state of Israel.

Check out the video below to see how it all works!


As of February 2015, there are 20 participating schools in Los Angeles, 20 in Tel Aviv, and one in Vilnius, Lithuania. The addition of a school in the Baltics is the embodiment of the Twinning Program's ultimate goal: creating relationships and uniting Jewish communities around the world.

"Visiting Israel and staying with my host family has connected me to Israel and its people. It gave me the feeling that Israel will always be my second home."
(10th grade LAHHS student, Los Angeles)
"This program has changed my life and I will never forget the friends and the experiences I had while participating in this partnership. This experience would not have been possible without the Federation."
(8th grade Kadima student, Los Angeles)

For more information about our School Twinning Program, contact Miri Ketayi Director, Israel and International Education Programs at (323) 761-8426 or