Detroit Federation convenes Israel Program Partners (IPP); local organizations involved in Israel programming and advocacy. Professional and volunteer liaisons from these organizations meet quarterly to share upcoming opportunities and potential ideas for collaboration.
For info about IPP, contact Lori Davidson Mertz, Mertz@jfmd.org, (248) 203-1493.
More information about the Israeli Program Partners is listed below. Please contact organizations directly with questions.
ADL | AIPAC | AJC | Farber Hebrew Day School | Ameinu Detroit | American Technion Society | B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region | BBYO Michigan | Bnei Akiva | Friends of the Israel Defense Forces| Get There! | Hadassah | Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit | JCC’s Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival | JCRC | Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor | JNF | MIBB | ORT America | StandWithUs Michigan | Walk for Israel | ZOA – MI Region
Anti-Defamation League: ADL monitors and combats global anti-Semitism and extremism, and promotes the security and well-being of Jewish communities around the world. Provides expertise to governments and non-government institutions worldwide.
AIPAC urges all members of Congress to support Israel through foreign aid, government partnerships, joint anti-terrorism efforts and the promotion of a negotiated two-state solution—a Jewish state of Israel and a demilitarized Palestinian state.
For more than a century, AJC has been the leading global Jewish advocacy organization. With offices across the United States and around the globe, and partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide, AJC works to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and to advance human rights and democratic values for all.
Ameinu, the leading grassroots progressive Zionist organization in the United States and the U.S. affiliate of the World Labor Zionist Movement, is dedicated to promoting a negotiated peace between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states, and to social and economic justice for all in Israel and America.
Together with the Labor movement of Israel and other partners, Ameinu reinforces Jewish continuity through support for Habonim Dror, the Labor Zionist youth movement, and J Street U on college campuses.”
Based in New York City, the American Technion Society (ATS) provides critical support to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, ranked among the world’s leading science and technology universities. ATS Donors have provided more than $1.95 billion since its inception in 1940. The ATS and its network of chapters across the U.S. provide funds for scholarships, fellowships, faculty recruitment and chairs, research, buildings, laboratories, classrooms and dormitories, and more. Our mission is to enable the Technion to be among the world’s leading institutions improving the well-being of Israel and all humanity through leadership in science and technology.
Since 1843, B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights . With NGO status at the UN, B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice and a staunch defender of the State of Israel, it’s place in the world, and it’s right to defend itself.
BBYO is passionate about Israel advocacy, and empowering teens to create programs and experiences about Israel. This year, Michigan teens have chosen to fund raise for Israel.
Bnei Akiva inspires and empowers young Jews with a sense of commitment to the Jewish people, the Land of Israel and the Torah. Bnei Akiva, a religious Zionist movement, connects youth to Israel through informal educational programming.
Farber views our connection with Israel as an integral part of our school, such as celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut, learning conversational Hebrew, & studying about Israeli culture, history, & current events in our homeland. To emphasize our connection with Israel, we bring 2 women each year from the Sheirut Le’umi program (National Service), 2 Shlichim families (Israeli educators), & 2 post-army men to learn with our students and families. Close to 100% of Farber graduates choose to spend their post-high school year in a yeshiva, Israel University, or army service.
FIDF initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs & facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. FIDF also supports the families of fallen soldiers.
Ask any young person who’s been to Israel: the experience can be transforming. With the goal to add incentive for more young people to Get There! and to help defray program costs, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit established Get There! Federation’s Teen & Young Adult Travel Fund, with generous gifts from the Samuel & Jean Frankel Heritage Foundation Israel Youth Travel Fund and the Ben Teitel Israel & Overseas Teen Travel Fund.
To be eligible for grants, applicants must be Jewish residents of Metro Detroit between 13 and 28 years old and participating in a program for 12 months or less. Please note applicant and program eligibility criteria in the guidelines. Some restrictions apply.
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land and people of Israel. It enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, as well as youth in Israel and America through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity.
At Hillel, two of our core Jewish values are Zionism and K’lal Yisrael. Israel is integrated into the experiences and studies of every HDS student, and culminates with an outstanding eighth grade Israel trip. All of this strengthens our sense of Jewish unity and belonging, and connection to Jewish communities throughout the world.
The Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival offers a diverse cinema experience in its annual festival and throughout the year. It also provides a forum for discussion about films from around the world that illuminate Jewish issues and principles. Our goal is to enhance a sense of community and inclusion for a broad range of audience members.
Telling Israel’s and the Jewish community’s stories through the news media, educating and mobilizing our community’s activists, and building important relationships with elected officials, community leaders, clergy of other faiths, and educators.
In addition to providing educational, cultural, and advocacy opportunities regarding Israel, Ann Arbor enjoys a special relationship with Moshav Nahalal through Partnership 2Gether. The highlight of this partnership is the annual Student Exchange program. Through the years, many adults and families have also developed abiding friendships with our Nahalal family. We also provide scholarships and subsidies for local Ann Arbor teens who participate in Israel youth trips.
Jewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF continues to give all generations a unique voice in building and ensuring the prosperity of the land of Israel through their generosity and partnership with the people of Israel.
The Michigan Israel Business Bridge is a non-profit, bi-national chamber of commerce whose mission is to promote business, research and investment opportunities between Michigan and Israel. We educate the Michigan business community as to the benefits of collaborating with Israel as well as support Israeli products being placed on Michigan store shelves.
World ORT is the largest non-governmental Jewish education and vocational training organization in the world. World ORT’s “Kadima Mada” (or “Science Journey”) initiative in Israel, in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Education, provides advanced science and technology education to students in Israel’s most under-resourced and under-served communities, primarily in the periphery. Its mission is to provide the skills and knowledge that enable students to become contributing members of their society. The Michigan region of ORT America raises funds to support the various World ORT Kadima Mada programs found throughout Israel.
StandWithUs Michigan is a chapter of a 14 year old international non-profit organization that educates about Israel in high schools, on college campuses and in communities through print materials, speakers, conferences, campaigns, billboards, social media and with internet resources. We strive to ensure that Israel’s achievements and ongoing challenges are presented factually.
Started some ten years ago, the Walk for Israel has grown in size and prominence. The committee has worked hard to appeal to a broad cross section of the Jewish community in the Detroit metropolitan area. As our mission states, we are working to unite the metro Detroit community to celebrate Israel. www.walkforisrael.org
The ZOA is one of the oldest pro-Israel and Israel advocacy groups in the nation, promoting the Jewish homeland on campuses and in communities all over the country. “We live Israel”.