Scores of Jewish Community Centers from around the world, including nine from throughout the New York area in partnership with UJA Federation of New York, will go speed dating to create new global partnerships and build an unprecedented network of Jewish Peoplehood, during the upcoming JCC Global World Conference in Tarrytown, November 5-9.
Hosted by the Harold and Elaine Shames JCC of Tarrytown, the conference will convene 110 Fellows from 52 JCCs in 15 countries, who will undergo an in-depth process to meet global partners and programs. As part of this process, they will participate in speed dating – intense networking, in order to create global partnerships.
In addition to the speed dating, participants will also develop their own Jewish identity and learn more about the Jewish world, while building long-term relationships between the JCCs to strengthen their respective Jewish Community Centers. Ultimately, Amitim 2.0 aims to allow Jews in different countries to connect, break down stereotypes and build bridges of understanding and support.
According to JCC Global President Mark Ramer, JCCs are the center of Jewish peoplehood and the ideal venue to teach that concept. “In today’s world, where fear and mistrust often segregate and isolate, the Jewish Community Centers are the big tent under which a wide range of people congregate,” he said.
“JCCs, often at the heart of the Jewish community, provide services and programs that build and strengthen Jewish communal life and provide Jewish educational experiences to and for Jews and non-Jews of all ages and orientations.”
Funding for the Global Fellowship Programs comes from JCC Global and from a grant allocated by UJA-Federation of New York. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and participating JCCs are also supporting the program.
Building on the unique character of each JCC, JCC Global creates meaningful and inspiring relationships among Jews and Jewish communities worldwide, combining their resources and enriching their members.