PARTNERSHIP2GETHER, a program of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America, promotes personal relationships between 12 U.S. Jewish communities and Israel’s Western Galilee through cultural, educational, social, medical and economic programs. PARTNERSHIP2GETHER is made up of an inclusive and active network of people focused on the mutual exchange of ideas and programs with the goal of developing relationships to strengthen our global Jewish Identity. Our programs are dedicated to connecting people and making a difference. 


Through the P2G programs, our community members can be agents of change and create stronger bonds between the people in our communities. Canton, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, Ohio; Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana, South Bend, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska; Austin and San Antonio, Texas are linked with the Western Galilee, the most northern part of Israel on the Mediterranean coast.



2015 Artist Workshops in the Western Galilee Program

*Including a 2015 Special Project for Photographers and Journalists


May 14 - 22, 2015 (not including travel time)

Deadline for Application: February 2, 2015


Use your creative talent to connect.


The PARTNERSHIP2GETHER Artist Workshops Program is a unique opportunity that allows you to volunteer your time and creativity to collaborate and share your knowledge with local Western Galilee residents. Through this program you have the chance to develop meaningful relationships with the people of the Western Galilee and Israel, to learn more about the artistic endeavors in the region, and to grow your network of like-minded people.


We accept applications from artists working in all mediums, including, but not limited to; photography, music, glass, painting, theater, art therapy, writers, etc. This is a juried program with limited space available. Each artist accepted into the program will be matched with the appropriate/related groups and resources to make the most of their time and creative offering.


2015 Special Opportunities:

*Photographers, Journalists/Writers:

A special proposal has been accepted to document and illustrate the lives of various people who live in the Western Galilee. The objective of this creative team of photographers and writers will be tasked with bringing to life the stories and realities of the diverse people living in the region. The final results of their work will be compiled to create a touring exhibit for the P2G communities along with the creation of a book of their work.

*Glass Artists:

The Akko Art Glass Center is an open studio for glass artists from Israel and abroad, serving as the main center in the north of Israel for educational experiences in glass. You are invited to create projects using multiple techniques including blowing, fusion and lamp work. In the future, the center will also house a glass museum and gallery.



  • Lodging and transportation to art sites
  • Breakfast, lunch, and home hospitality dinners
  • Scheduled local trips in the Western Galilee
  • Art materials/equipment (determined for each participant)


  • Round trip flight costs
  • Health insurance
  • Private local transportation
  • Any additional private meals or activities
  • Post-trip Project Plan: This project plan will be discussed during the closing meeting of the AIR program.

You will be required to make a commitment to share your AIR program experience and art with your local community in the US–bringing the connection full circle. The Post-trip Project Plan can take on many forms; it will be documented by the participating artists and shared with their local Federation so they can assist you with its execution on your return.



By email, send your Artist Workshops Application (contact Rene Rusgo at or 419-531-2119 for an application form or download a word document of the application form here) along with a current résumé or CV and 5 examples of your work to: Dena Eber at and Noa Friedman Epstein at


Deadline for Application: February 2, 2015

Accepted applicants will be notified by February 16, 2015.