248 team

 
  Andrea Arbel   AndreaA@jafi.org   Director, Partnership Unit, The Jewish Agency for Israel   Andrea Arbel is the Director of the Partnership Unit at the Jewish Agency for Israel, where she is responsible for "Partnership2Gether," the Global School Twining Network, allocations to the religious streams and the loan fund division. Before entering the world of Partnership, she served as Advisor to the Director General of The Jewish Agency’s aliyah and absorption department. After making aliyah 31 years ago from the United States, she worked at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a think-tank where she published numerous books and articles. Highlighted in Andrea's bibliography are: "Riding the Wave: The Jewish Agency's Role in the Mass Aliyah of Soviet and Ethiopian Jewry to Israel" and "The Blue Box Revisited: Keren Kayemeth Le'Israel-The Jewish National Fund." Andrea lives with her husband and three children in Kfar Uriyah, Israel.

Andrea Arbel    AndreaA@jafi.org
Director, Partnership Unit, The Jewish Agency for Israel

Andrea Arbel is the Director of the Partnership Unit at the Jewish Agency for Israel, where she is responsible for "Partnership2Gether," the Global School Twining Network, allocations to the religious streams and the loan fund division. Before entering the world of Partnership, she served as Advisor to the Director General of The Jewish Agency’s aliyah and absorption department.  After making aliyah 31 years ago from the United States, she worked at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a think-tank where she published numerous books and articles. Highlighted in Andrea's bibliography are: "Riding the Wave: The Jewish Agency's Role in the Mass Aliyah of Soviet and Ethiopian Jewry to Israel" and "The Blue Box Revisited: Keren Kayemeth Le'Israel-The Jewish National Fund." Andrea lives with her husband and three children in Kfar Uriyah, Israel.

  Gideon Vennor   gideonv@jafi.org   Director, 248 Community Action Network

Gideon Vennor   gideonv@jafi.org
Director, 248 Community Action Network

Gideon is the Director of 248. For the past nine years, he has served as Partnership2Gether Director at the Jewish Agency for Israel. Working with a variety of communities in North America, South Africa, and Israel, he has facilitated the development of ties between Israelis and overseas Jews, with an emphasis on leadership development, dialog and coexistence, and social entrepreneurship.  From 2004 to 2007, Gideon served as Community Shaliach (emissary) in Columbus, Ohio. While on shlichut he planned and ran various Israel-related programs, and established Young Partners, a teen exchange and social action program connecting Columbus teens with teens in Kfar Saba. Before that, Gideon spent a decade in Israeli education with the Jerusalem-based Branco Weiss Institute for the Development of Thinking. At BWI he coordinated the development of a national curriculum in entrepreneurship; introduced innovative programs such as Cognitive Coaching and Destination Imagination into Israeli schools; and ran the institute’s teacher training center. 

Gideon has a Master’s degree in physics from Tel Aviv University. He has also studied in several pluralistic Beit Midrash programs, and with the Gevim dialog and mediation program. He served in the IDF as an R&D officer. Gideon lives on a Moshav near Jerusalem with his wife and three children, two cats and a dog.

  Lionel Mitelpunkt   LionelM@jafi.org   Director of Content    Always learning. Always positive. Always heading forward.   Lionel enables people to use their gifts of creative confidence and positive communication for the purpose of their passion and creation. He works with individuals and organizations on adapting to change and telling their story in authentic ways using innovative tools. Lionel is also an educator, speaker and mentor in various programs such as future scientists and innovators program at Tel Aviv University, numerous Hackathons, Elevation Academy's Community Management course and recently spoke at SXSW on the topic of “Building Participatory Cities” a panel organized by Burning Man organization.

Lionel Mitelpunkt    LionelM@jafi.org
Director of Content

Always learning. Always positive. Always heading forward.

Lionel enables people to use their gifts of creative confidence and positive communication for the purpose of their passion and creation. He works with individuals and organizations on adapting to change and telling their story in authentic ways using innovative tools. Lionel is also an educator, speaker and mentor in various programs such as future scientists and innovators program at Tel Aviv University, numerous Hackathons, Elevation Academy's Community Management course and recently spoke at SXSW on the topic of “Building Participatory Cities” a panel organized by Burning Man organization. 

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Gavriella Bigio    GavriellaB@jafi.org
Events, communications and social media.

Gavriella holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution and a BA in international relations, both from Hebrew U. Her professional experience includes a Shlichut in Helsinki, a Masa internship as placement coordinator, an organizational development internship at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and an earlier shlichut at camp Moshava in Pennsylvania. She has also worked as content writer, English teacher, and, during her army service, as a madricha in the Sar-El unit. In all these roles, Gavriella has shared her passion for connecting people and her skills in building community. 

Partner Organizations

 

Ruderman Family Foundation

The Ruderman Family Foundation believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community. Guided by our Jewish values, we advocate for and advance the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our society; strengthen the relationship between Israel and the American Jewish Community; and model the practice of strategic philanthropy worldwide. We operate as a non-partisan strategic catalyst in cooperation with government, private sectors, civil society, and philanthropies.

 
 
 

Jewish Federations of North America

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) represents 148 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $2 billion annually and through planned giving and endowment programs to support social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).

 

Partnership2Gether

 
 

The Power of Our Collective

The Partnership2Gether's vision is to create a global and united Jewish people made up of a tapestry of strong, lively, flourishing and interconnected Jewish individuals, families and communities working together to enrich Jewish continuity, identity and cultural understanding between Jews in Israel and their peers around the world.

For 20 years, Partnership2Gether (P2G) has been:

  • Turning ‘Israel’ and ‘the global Jewish family’ from abstract concepts into tangible, vibrant, compelling realities
  • Strengthening Jewish engagement and identity for all involved
  • Growing genuine feelings of kinship, and an ever-expanding network of relationships within the Jewish people
  • Building mutual cooperation between communities on both sides of each Partnership
  • Inspiring Israelis with a rich variety of religious Jewish expression and renewal in the Diaspora
  • Helping Jews overseas to more fully understand life in the Jewish state

Partnership2Gether Connects:

450 Jewish and Israeli communities in 46 city-to-city and region-to-region Partnerships, engaging more than 400,000 participants each year in meaningful, ongoing connections between Israelis and Jews from around the world.

Partnership2Gether is the central platform for the promotion, empowerment, and development of deep connections between Jewish communities.

Each Partnership is led by a joint steering committee, comprised of volunteers in both communities dedicated to the creation of ongoing, fruitful, bilateral engagement: unique programs and one-on-one encounters based on mutual endeavor and shared Jewish identity.

The Jewish Agency provides a wide range of professional and educational support to each Partnership and offers platforms for Partnerships to share their best practices, challenges, and successes.

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The Jewish Agency for Israel

 
 

The Jewish Agency for Israel brings Jews to Israel, Israel to Jews and helps build a better society in Israel and beyond. Our Mission is to inspire Jews throughout the world to connect with their People, heritage, and homeland, and empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel.

Since 1929, The Jewish Agency for Israel has been working to secure a vibrant Jewish future.

We were instrumental in founding and building the State of Israel and continue to serve as the main link between the Jewish state and Jewish communities everywhere. This global partnership has enabled us to address the Jewish People’s greatest challenges in every generation. 

Today, we connect the global Jewish family, bringing Jews to Israel, and Israel to Jews, by providing meaningful Israel engagement and facilitating Aliyah. We build a better society in Israel - and beyond - energizing young Israelis and their worldwide peers to rediscover a collective sense of Jewish purpose.

The Jewish Agency continues to be the Jewish world’s first responder, prepared to address emergencies in Israel, and to rescue Jews from countries where they are at risk.

 

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