US Ambassador Hosted in Beit Shemesh
On Tuesday, October 2, US Ambassador Dan Shapiro was hosted in Beit Shemesh by Mayor Moshe Abutbul.
After a visit to the Mayor's Sukkah and a tour of the city, Partnership 2Gether (P2G) introduced the ambassador to the emerging vision of Beit Shemesh - Mateh Yehdua as a Region of Health and Wellness. This vision, developed together with Praxis and with the Reut Institute, is to be promoted by the women already involved at the ground level; by the municipality; by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, P2G and the Jewish Agency; and by other institutional players we plan to engage in the coming months.
In a meeting at Dina Geudalia's place, 12 female entrepreneurs from the region - Secular, Modern Orthodox and Haredi - shared their personal backgrounds and professional stories with Ambassador Shapiro.
Building upon P2Gs decade of experience with women's empowerment, the next step in developing the vision of an area of Balanced Life is a Health and Wellness event planned for May 2013.
Mayor Abutbul who is hosting and endorsing the event, shared his hope that its focus on both Health and on Women's Empowerment will be seen as an opportunity for the US State Department to support these themes in Israel.
Ambassador Shapiro expressed his appreciation of the work being done, and the importance the state department sees in widening the circles of employment among women, especially in the Haredi sector. He confirmed that Health is a also a priority for the State Dept. and that it is encouraging to see these themes being advanced together in the region.
Partnership 2Gether (P2G)
Beit Shemesh - Mateh Yehuda - Washington DC - South Africa
The What and Why of Partnership
Our Partnership creates meaningful engagement between Israelis living in Beit Shemesh and Mateh Yehuda and Jews living in Greater Washington and South Africa. We view this engagement as a vital element in stregthening our communities both in Israel and overseas. Commonly known as P2G, we are part of a global network of over 45 Partnerships whose purpose is to be the central platform for the promotion of cohesion among Jewish communities.
Over 20 programs are facilitated annually by our Partnership in the areas of people to people (delegations and other mifgashim), school twinning, leadership development and community building.
The Beit Shemesh – Mateh Yehuda region and its population
Partnership Activity Highlights
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Greater Washington residents can visit and volunteer in Beit Shemesh. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.
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The residents of Beit Shemesh-Mateh Yehuda reserve a special place in their hearts for their overseas friends from Washington and South Africa, who entered into a Partnership with them in 1995. Over the years, a deep bond was created - -a direct result of the Jewish Agency’s Partnership 2000 Program and the emphasis on empowerment of the region and Diaspora involvement.
In May 2011, a delegation of cooks from the Beit Shemesh-Mateh Yehuda region came to the Washington area to delight us with their stories and of course, their cooking. The workshops and dinners drew hundreds of Greater Washington participants to the tastes and aromas of Israel’s rich ethnic heritage.
Each of the Israeli women who traveled abroad brought with them, their rich ethnic culinary flavor, and a story to relate: A story that brings them from countries far and wide, with different cultures, heritage and skills: stories of trials and tribulations, service and sacrifice – stories of their contribution to their communities in the Beit Shemesh / Mateh Yehuda region and to the State of Israel.
Thanks to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Partnership 2000, these women were enabled to improve their status within their own families, communities and society as a whole. They brought you a Festival and a Feast - "Ethnic Aroma". Click here to view the Ethnic Aroma Cookbook.
Award-winning Jewish food writer, Joan Nathan, recently wrote an article for Tablet Magazine that further discusses cooking in Beit Shemesh. Click here to read it!Printing tip:
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington welcomed the Peres Center for Peace's "Twinned Peace Sports Program"
The program was launched to promote coexistence and mutual understanding among Arab and Israeli teens by using sports to change attitudes towards the “other” and diffuse stereotypes.
Partnership 2Gether DC Community Shaliach, Anton Goodman
For 3 years P2G worked with former Jewish Agency Shaliach, Gilad Golani, finishing his successful term this month.
Anton Goodman is the Community Shaliach & Israel Engager in Washington DC. Anton holds a BA in International Politics from the University of Leeds and is finishing a MA in Public Policy at IDC, Herzliya.