P2G has facilitated many delegations throughout the years. As with all P2G projects, the emphasis is on creating people-to-people connections through shared understandings and experiences. The goals of the delegations are to educate and expose Cincinnatians to Israel and, conversely, teach Israelis about Jewish life in Cincinnati. Most delegations have a component where Cincinnatians travel to Israel and Netanya citizens travel to Cincinnati. The delegates are hosted in each other’s homes and connect personally and sometimes professionally. At the end of the bi-continent exchange, many of the delegations create a long-term project or program together. Some recent delegations have included exchanges designed for Holocaust educators, grandparents, teens, and campers.
This cultural exchange through people with culinary interests works on the P2G principals of making people-to-people connections - in this case through a common interest in cooking. This two-year program includes visits in both Cincinnati and Netanya. The participants are five individuals from Cincinnati and five from Netanya who are talented cooks and are interested in learning more about cooking both American and Israeli foods. The delegates learn from each other and from professionals in each country and bring back new cooking skills to their home communities.
An innovative Jewish experience for grandparents and grandchildren. This year-long initiative is designed to provide grandparents and preteen grandchildren an opportunity to build strong and meaningful relationships revolving around Jewish identity, family narrative, connection to the Jewish community and Israel. This global experience, which connects Cincinnati, Netanya, and eight other cities around the world, culminates in a week long trip to Israel.
The delegation is made up of P2G committee members from both Netanya and Cincinnati. The full committee meets either in Netanya or Cincinnati to connect personally, evaluate projects, balance the budget, and brainstorm and create projects for the following fiscal year.
Each year, 7th and 8th grade classes from our Cincinnati supplemental schools study the story of the tiny Torah taken into space and read the book, Reach for the Stars. The curriculum created for this book was inspired by Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. After students finish the book, they participate in a community-wide video conference with Netanya peers who have also studied the story, as well as guest speakers in Israel who knew Ilan Ramon.
This video pen-pal program features several area supplemental and day school classes who have “twinned” with their counterpart classes in Netanya. Each year, there are a series of online video exchanges where the two sets of peers will share various life experiences and create relationships.
Each fall, Rockwern Academy second graders and their families are matched family-to-family with second graders from the Rabin School in Netanya. Each side completes activities related to the book Under the Same Moon. These letter exchanges are designed to help kids and families learn about each other and begin lifelong relationships.
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