Partnership Exchanges


The Israel Partnership Program sponsors many different exchange programs for members of our Jewish Community. There is truly something for everyone!


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Jacksonville was thrilled to send two educators on the Israel Partnership Educator Delegation in December 2016. Linda Ginsburg and Leah Palestrant, both teachers at the Religious School at Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple) traveled to Israel for a week-long experience with other educators from the Federation’s Southeast Consortium. While there, Ginsburg and Palestrant met and learned with Israeli educators, toured the Partnership region and across Israel, while visiting sites in Jerusalem and learn from education docents at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Israel. They also attend an Educator Seminar in Jerusalem and also experienced home hospitality in the Partnership region.




For two weeks in July, Jacksonville played host to an incredible teen delegation and their chaperone from our Partnership city of Hadera, Israel. The Israelis enjoyed their interactions with campers at many of our local Jewish Day Camps including the JCA Theater Camp and Camp Sabra, Camp Sheves Achim at Etz Chaim and also at Camp Ki Tov at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. In addition to working at the camps, the teens shared an evening of music with the residents at The Coves and experienced many fun local outings including The Great Escape Room, a historic tour of St. Augustine, a Peterbrooke Chocolate class and a painting afternoon at Yes You Canvas.  

Music 2Gether Project

The Music 2Gether Project offered an opportunity for interested musicians to submit original works of music to be featured in a collaborative CD produced back in early 2015. Aaron Abel of Jacksonville, Florida and Noa Sabach of Hadera, Israel met while Noa was visiting on a Partnership Teen Delegation during the summer of 2014 and found they both had a passion for music. When this project was announced, they decided to join forces - Aaron created the original music and Noa added the lyrics. Although separated by 6000 miles, Noa and Aaron composed an absolutely beautiful song together.
After the CD was produced, Aaron shared his and Noa's original composition with Rachel Clifton, Choral Director at The Bolles School, the school where Aaron attends in Jacksonville, Florida. She instantly loved the song for both its melody and meaningful lyrics. Entitled K'she egdal - When I Am Grown, the song shares one girl's hope for future peace and understanding in her country. Mrs. Clifton took the piece of music and arranged it chorally for the Bolles Men's Chorus.
After many weeks of teaching the song to the class this past fall, Mrs. Clifton and Aaron felt the men were ready to perform it at the Annual Winter Choral Concert held on December 10, 2015. The Bolles Men's Chorus did an incredible job performing this song and left the audience speechless. What Aaron and Noa did through the creation of this song is incredible - they have demonstrated the beauty and true meaning of Partnership. 

K'she-egdal כשאגדל

Music by Aaron Abel, Lyrics by Noa Sabach