School Twinning Program
The Jewish Federation’s Tel Aviv/Los Angeles School Twinning Program is the only initiative in existence that connects schools in Los Angeles with schools in Tel Aviv. This powerful program has supported 60,000 students, parents, and faculty through jointly prepared curricula, teacher training, and delegation exchanges.
Middle school and high school students from Tel Aviv come to Los Angeles; students from Los Angeles go to Tel Aviv. Visiting students live with a host family and study history, literature, language, pluralistic Judaism, Zionism, and the sciences at their partner school. The cultural and educational exchange between students transforms school cultures, transcends the distance between Israel and L.A., and creates a shared Jewish identity and destiny.
There are currently 19 schools in Los Angeles, 19 in Tel Aviv, and one in the Baltics that are part of the program. In October 2011, the new 3-way partnership program between a school in Los Angeles (Kehillat Israel), Tel Aviv (Shevach Mofet), and Vilnius (Shalom Aleichem) was launched. This revolutionary program is the embodiment of the Twinning Program’s ultimate goal: creating relationships and uniting Jewish communities around the world.
Extensive teacher training also plays a major role in the success of the Twinning Program. Over the school year, coordinators from all 19 schools in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv gather for 5-8 local workshops to learn and collaborate. There is also an annual Joint Teachers’ Seminar, which brings together all 50 Israeli and American educators for an intensive week of study, bonding, and community building.
For more information, contact Miri Ketayi Director, Israel and International Education Programs at 323.761.8426 or MKetayi@JewishLA.org.