Jewish Community Centers in Baltimore, Israel, and Ukraine will partner for the first time as part of the JCC Global’s Amitim 2.0-Fellows: A Global Leadership Network program. The JCCs officially launched the partnership earlier this month at the JCC Global World Conference in Tarrytown, New York. The Amitim 2.0-Fellows is a three-year Global Leadership Network program that brings Jewish peoplehood concepts and programs to the next generation of JCCs worldwide and expands the global network of Jewish leaders and JCCs.
As part of the program, leaders of the JCC of Greater Baltimore; the JCC in Ashkelon, Israel; and the Beit Grand JCC in Odessa, Ukraine will gain a global Jewish perspective, learn about Jews in other communities, and nurture their sense of responsibility for the Jewish people worldwide.
Participants will also develop their own Jewish identity and learn more about the Jewish world, while building long-term relationships between the JCCs to strengthen their respective Jewish Community Centers. Ultimately, Amitim 2.0 aims to allow Jews in different countries to connect, break down stereotypes, and build bridges of understanding and support.
By Briana Naiman
Briana Naiman is a freelance writer based in Silver Spring, Maryland.