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Israel and Overseas

Around the World, Keeping Jewish Life Strong

Doing a World of Good

Federation’s Israel and Overseas department is all about celebrating, advocating and building meaningful relationships with Jewish people everywhere. That global connection is fostered by immersive experiences and programming that brings Israel to life in our community, and Federation’s support of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, World Ort and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

We’ve helped hundreds of Detroiters forge personal connections to Israel through Partnership2Gether — a strong, mutually inspiring relationship with the Central Galilee region of Israel.

When Israel and Jewish communities worldwide are threatened, we mobilize our networks at home and overseas to come immediately to their aid. We deliver critical help to vulnerable populations—the elderly, the disabled, at-risk children, impoverished families—during times of peace and times of conflict. And amid rising anti-Semitism, Jews in Europe and around the world know they can rely on our unwavering support and security expertise.

Because no matter where we live, we’re all part of one global Jewish family.

From Detroit to Israel… And Israel to Detroit

The Michigan-Central Galilee Partnership

Welcome to your home in Israel! Since 1994, Federation has partnered with three communities in Israel located in a region referred to as the Central Galilee. Our Partnership2Gether paring works to build significant opportunities and sustain long-lasting, people-to-people relationships through a variety of collaborative programs and shared resources strengthening both communities. Thousands of lives have been touched by programs like the Detroit Community Taglit-Birthright Israel, Teen Mission and the Israeli Camper Program. Today, we’re more than just partners. We’re family.

Birthright Israel

How Detroiters do Israel! Anyone who’s ever gone on a Birthright Israel trip will tell you, it’s the experience of a lifetime. A free trip to Israel, traveling from the south to the north, seeing all the iconic sites and hidden gems. You ride a camel, sleep in a Bedouin tent, climb Masada, swim in the Dead Sea, touch the Western Wall, walk the stone streets of Jerusalem, explore the mystic city of Tzfat and eat all the hummus your heart desires. Ten, non-stop days in the Holy Land on a bus full of your peers has all the makings of an incredible adventure — but our Detroit Community trips offer some special extras that transform ten days of travel into years of memories.

Click here to register.

For more information contact Nikki Baron at 248-203-1485 or baron@jfmd.org

Teen Mission Experience

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see, touch and feel Israel from a truly personal and unique perspective! The mission is a 4.5-week educational, immersive adventure where our Detroit teens travel with their Israeli counterparts from our Central Galilee partnership region the entire time. By mission’s end you’ll uncover a stronger Jewish identity, take pride as a Detroiter for the work our community does in Israel and enjoy long-lasting friendships.

Click here for more information.

Get There!

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s unique Get There! program provides funding to help defray the cost of a trip to Israel, making it possible for more young people to experience this life-changing journey. Available for a wide variety of programs, Get There! travel grants are an ideal source of supplementary funds for gap year programs, study abroad opportunities, volunteer work, internships, school trips, university and more.

For more information and to apply, click here: https://jewishdetroit.org/get-involved/israel-and-overseas/study-volunteer-in-israel/

Israeli Camper Program

Over 1,600 Israeli campers, 500 Host families and countless memories. Since 2002, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Tamarack Camps, and Partnership2Gether have united to bring Israeli children from our Partnership2Gether region to Camp Mass (Tamarack Camps). For many, it’s their first trip outside of Israel and first time away from their parents. The program strengthens the Jewish identity of both the American and Israeli campers and creates new friendships grounded in our shared common bonds.

Interested in hosting campers? Click here.

Upcoming Events

  • Federation's Young Women’s Philanthropy
  • A Virtual Cheese and Chocolate Tasting with Monger’s Provisions

  • Virtual Event
  • Wednesday, June 3
  • 8:00 pm
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  • Jewish Working Women's Network
  • Tips for Managing Your Business During a Crisis

  • Virtual Event
  • Friday, June 5
  • 12:00 pm
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  • NEXTGen Detroit PRIDE and The Well present
  • Pride Kabbalat Shabbat

  • Virtual Event
  • Friday, June 5
  • 6:00 pm
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  • Federation's Young Women’s Philanthropy
  • Tie Dye DIY with Wendy Levitt of Suki & Merk

  • Virtual Event
  • Thursday, June 11
  • 7:30 pm
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Questions? Contact one of our staff.

  • Jaime Bean
  • Senior Associate, Israel & Overseas
  • 248-205-2561
  • Naomi Rockowitz
  • Director, Missions & Exchanges in Israel
  • 011-972-2-655-7577
  • Yoav Raban
  • Outeach & Engagement Coordinator in Israel
  • 011-972-4-605-5297

You Matter.

The help we provide to the Jewish community in Detroit, in Israel and around the world is not possible without your support. Choose your level of impact…