The Jewish Federation of Western, CT is part of the Southern New England Consortium (SNEC) which in 1994 was partnered with the cities of Afula-Gilboa in Israel.

Our Partnership with Afula-Gilboa

The Jewish Federation of Western, CT is part of the Southern New England Consortium (SNEC) which in 1994 was partnered with the cities of Afula-Gilboa in Israel.

The partnership focuses on:

  • Economic development
  • Fostering coexistence among Israeli Jews and Arabs
  • Education
  • Building the next generation of young leadership

The Jewish Federation of Western, CT has contributed to this partnership through donations that have helped to improve education, security and health care for the people of this region.

 

About Afula-Gilboa

Afula is an urban center providing key services for the Jezre’el Valley. It is only eight miles from Jenin (a Palestinian city just north of the West Bank) and a frequent target for terrorists. In the 1980’s Afula struggled to absorb many immigrants coming from Ethiopia and the Soviet Union. Afula is one of Israel’s most strategic and demographically challenged areas.

The Gilboa region is made up of kibbutzim, moshavim, and Jewish and Arab-Israeli villages which share an 11 mile stretch across the Seam Line with the Palestinian Authority.

The Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut is pleased to provide a series of short videos prepared by our friends from Partnership2gether in Afula, Israel.

Welcome to the Afula-Gilboa region. This area, located in the northeast of Israel, is one of the main crossroads between the Mediterranean and the Middle East and is one of the most unique places in Israel. Afula-Gilboa is a microcosm of Israeli society, landscapes, and attractions.

Declaration of the State of Israel motivated thousands of new immigrants to come and help build the young country. We invite you to learn about and experience the rich and diverse cultural backgrounds of the Afula Gilboa region. This is truly a microcosm of Israeli society.

 

 

 

This is the third in a series of eight and it describes the Social Issues of this region that has grown and developed in the past few years with the construction of new roads and renewed railroads. Afula Gilboa has its own unique challenges of new immigrants, elderly and ultra-orthodox often in lower socioeconomic situations and frequently need assistance.

This is the fourth video in a series of eight and it focuses on industry and technological innovation in the Afula-Gilboa Region in northeastern Israel.