The underlying thing they learn is what Jewish peoplehood looks like. The kids and their families get to know each other.
They see how different Jewish communities look around the world,” said Bernstein.
They listened to panel discussions on Jewish identity and how to learn from failure, they shopped at a local mall and visited a Harlem JCC.
But for the 110 Amitim 2.0 Fellows the most valuable part of the event — aside from the dinner-cruise on the Hudson River — might have been the “speed dating” sessions.
Some, she said, are debating whether to open programs to non-Jews, and many have economic difficulties.
Ilan Koma, representing Hamesh: Municipal Company for Culture, Youth and Sports, located in Shoham, Israel, agreed.The project is important, but it also gives you a reason to call each other.And if you are going to spend a lot of time together you may as well have a good project — it’s like the menorah you put the candles in.” The guidelines were simple.The event took place at the Amitim 2.0 JCC Global conference from November 5-9, 2017.(Photo credit: Magali Druscovich) TARRYTOWN, New York — Pulling into the parking lot of the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, one can’t help but notice the work in progress that is the new Tappan Zee Bridge.One popular program is Family Tree, an initiative Dan Bernstein, executive director of the Merage JCC of Orange County, California looks forward to repeating.Last time the JCC paired with its sister JCC in Kfar Yona along with Centro Deportivo Israelita (CDI) in Mexico City.“It was great to meet people from so many different communities around the world, and it was funny to try meeting everyone to see who was the best match for us; it was like a ‘shidduch.’ But I think we all have a big challenge in how to maintain a strong Jewish identity,” Lijavetzky said.For Lijavetzky, it was interesting to hear how some JCCs grapple with how much religion to inject into their activities.(Photo credit: Magali Druscovich) “We wanted to engage teens — that’s the big, hot topic.The hook for the project is the kids want to go on the trip.