Philadelphians’ Home Away from Home in Israel


Virtually every Jewish Federation trip to Israel includes a visit to a special region in southern Israel, Netivot and Sedot Negev, which comprise the Jewish Federation’s Partnership2Gether community. The Jewish Federation nurtures a dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship with Israel through this partnership, established in 1997.

Each year, more than 350 Philadelphians visit the city of Netivot and the Sedot Negev region through the Jewish Federation. They experience everyday life in Israel, develop relationships with Israelis and get a glimpse of what it’s like to live in the Negev, close to the Gaza border.

Over the past 20 years, the Jewish Federation has invested more than $10 million dollars in this partnership region while building a strong relationship that transcends dollars and capital projects. The goal is to continue to build the personal connections that have grown between the people of Philadelphia and Netivot and Sedot Negev.

Philadelphians get to explore their Jewish identity and volunteerism, bonding with their peers in Israel about issues of shared concern. We work collaboratively to design and implement innovative programs in the areas of education and community, regional development, religious pluralism, Ethiopian issues and Jewish identity.

This relationship is part of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s broader Partnership2Gether program, which links 39 regions in Israel with 550 diaspora communities. These partnerships emphasize people-to-people relationships, collective decision making, and the development of collaborative programs.

If you’re planning to be in Israel, consider adding a visit to Netivot and Sedot Negev to your itinerary. The Jewish Federation can provide an experience, activity, or project to help you connect with the region. For more information, please contact Leora Hafri, missions manager, at or 215-832-0544.



Show Your Support for Birthright Israel

You won’t want to miss the Birthright Israel Summer Social on June 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in support of Birthright Israel. The evening will feature open bar cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a beer tasting. The event is being held at Ralph’s Cafe on the 43rd floor of the Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., in Philadelphia. It promises to be a great time and a great way to demonstrate your commitment to this transformative Israel travel program. The cost is $75 per person; pre-registration and a photo ID are required. For more information, please contact Alison Garber at or 215-832-0629 and register at


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