What is Partnership 2Gether?

The People-to-People Connection


Partnership 2Gether is a powerful way for Israelis and North American Jewish communities to get to know each other. Rochester is fortunate to have a vibrant and impactful connection with the community of Modi'in.


Through “The Partnership,” people in Jewish Federation communities and Israelis develop relationships through joint projects and shared experiences.



Rochester & Modi'in

Watch a video about our Partnership and its impact at home and across the sea.

How the Rochester Modi'in Partnership Began

Volunteers and professionals from our Federation in Rochester went on a fact-finding mission in June 2003 to explore Partnership communities for Rochester. Modi'in was conveniently located half way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and our communities had shared characteristics. The city was selected by the Federation as a perfect place to begin to build "people to people" relationships between Rochesterians and Israelis. 

"The Rochester Jewish community and the community of Modi'in have a great deal in common," commented Howard Grossman, Federation president at the time the Rochester-Modi'in partnership was formed. “We are both largely suburban communities. There are wonderful opportunities for young families in Rochester, for example, to get to know young families in Modi'in."

Steering Committees were formed in both Rochester and Modi'in. Several members of the Rochester Committee, including then Co-Chairs Don Onimus and Lorraine Wolch, traveled to Modi'in during a visit to Israel for the 2003 General Assembly, held in Jerusalem, in November. Mission participants were warmly welcomed by Modi'in's eminent Partnership steering committee, headed at the time by General Amos Malka, who retired from the Israel Defense Forces in 2002 after a long, distinguished career. Avi Golan, past Jerusalem Post Board Vice Chair and Executive Director, was another distinguished member of the committee, which includes professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators.


While in Modi'in, the Partnership steering committee met with their Israeli counterpart committee and developed a plan for a variety of projects and programs to bring our communities closer together. Others on the mission got the flavor of life in Modi'in, visiting schools, the community center, and the YOZMA reform synagogue and kindergarten.


The two groups came together mid-afternoon for a moving tree planting ceremony, creating a new grove overlooking the center of town; this future forest symbolizes the ongoing growth of our relationship. A festive dinner with Modi'in residents at a wonderful local restaurant capped off the day and began what has blossomed into a powerful and inspiring friendship.


Learn about the teen Journey for Identity and Ramim, for mid-career professionals.




    Get caught up on our Partnership 2Gether activities, including the Journey for Identity for teens; Ramim for mid-career professionals; the Education Bridge and more on our Partnership 2Gether Facebook page.