Modiin and Rochester

The Partnership brings people in Jewish Federation communities together with Israelis to develop relationships through joint projects and shared experiences. The Partnership is truly a "people-to-people" connection.

The 2014 – 2015 Rochester Modi'in Partnership is chaired by Rabbi Alan J. Katz in Rochester and David Sharbi in Modi’in.

"The Rochester Jewish community and the community of Modi'in have a great deal in common," commented Howard Grossman, Rochester Federation president at the time the Rochester-Modi'in partnership was formed. Howard added, "we are both largely suburban communities. There are wonderful opportunities for young families in Rochester, for example, to get to know young families in Modi'in."

Partnership 2Gether (then "Partnership 2000") was launched internationally in 1995 and concentrates on Israel's peripheral areas, like the Negev and Galilee, which hold more than two-thirds of Israel's land reserves, yet house only 17% of the population. Today, over 40 regions have been matched with 550 Diaspora communities.

Volunteers and professionals from our Federation in Rochester went on a fact-finding mission in June 2003 to explore Partnership communities for Rochester. Modi'in, one possibility, was conveniently located half way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Modi'in was selected by the Federation after a year long process as a perfect place to begin to build "people to people" relationships between Rochesterians and Israelis.

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