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The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership2Gether platform has become the paradigm for partnering diasporic Jewish communities directly with Israel. An extraordinary global platform connecting some 550 communities around the world in 45 partnerships, P2G is building bridges between these communities and mutually empowering them by sharing unique ideas, strengths, and models of success. The impact of these projects goes far beyond the community level—each of us has the opportunity to become directly and personally involved.

 

More than 300,000 participants from Israel and the overseas communities take part in some 500 programs each year, with P2G’s annual budget at $25 million.

 

When it was established in 1994 by the Jewish Agency, United Jewish Communities, and Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal, Partnership 2000 represented a major transition from the Project Renewal-twinning model, which focused on transforming disadvantaged communities through the building of physical and social infrastructure.

 

A local endeavor with national impact, each P2G partnership provides the opportunity for interpersonal relationships to flourish and communities to connect. Through a shared committee process of the partnered communities, every year more than 10,000 volunteers work together to examine issues and responses, to determine projects and budgets. The principal areas of involvement within the individual partnership regions are effecting change in education and fostering economic development.

 

One of the most exciting and far-reaching aspects of P2G is the mutuality of impact. Volunteers from abroad come to Israel to be involved in this process and return to strengthen their own communities. Today, we are innovating to align P2G with evolving changes in Israeli society.

 

Emergency medicine and crisis management have been increasingly critical fields in times of disaster—whether natural, terrorist or environmental/chemical. Emergency management professionals in Israel have established a reputation as experts in quick and effective response to earthquakes, military and terrorist scenarios. In New Orleans, medical and civil professionals received a crash course in crisis triage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which tested the abilities of area hospitals to respond to large scale destruction.

From this spring’s Boston Marathon terrorist bombing to the Mother’s Day second line mass shooting in New Orleans, awareness of the need for best practices for urgent situations is growing quickly—particularly in a city that serves as a major tourist destination, hosting massive events such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Mardi Gras, and more recently the Super Bowl and BCS National Championship.

In December 2013, partners from both here in our community and in Israel will come together in New Orleans to share experience, knowledge and skills, as well as to learn from one another at the New Orleans/Israel Partnership on Emergency Response and Medicine (NIPERM).

Led by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, together with partners Jones Walker, LLC, Acadian Ambulance Service, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Touro Infirmary and Tulane University Medical Center, medical and emergency experts from both countries will meet to hold workshops, site visits and panels on topics including crisis management, operational readiness, hospital evacuation/temporary medical facilities, pandemics, terrorist response, hazmat/neighborhood containment and more.

Registration is now open!

Interested in learning more about P2G? 

Contact Allison Kushner