The Polish capital of Warsaw has been added as the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s third partner region through the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership2Gether (P2G) Peoplehood Platform. The P2G program aims to create enduring relationships between Israel and the Jewish communities of the diaspora.
P2G’s existing partnership between Pittsburgh and the northern Israeli regions of Karmiel and Misgav now will have the opportunity to take part in the post-Holocaust rebuilding of Jewish connection in Warsaw.
The Jewish Agency’s P2G program connects hundreds of Jewish organizations and communities around the world in 46 partnerships through hands-on projects and personal interactions.
Pittsburgh is not the first city to extend its P2G platform to a third community. P2G’s Central Region Consortium/Western Galilee Partnership added the Hungarian capital of Budapest to its partnership about nine years ago.
To kick off the new relationship, four representatives from the Warsaw Jewish community and Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich will visit Karmiel/Misgav from June 16-19. The same four representatives will also come to Pittsburgh in December.
“With Warsaw joining our relationship, we have a unique opportunity to make an imprint and impact on a Jewish community that has many young people involved who are eager to make connections with Jews from other communities and in Israel,” said Debbie Swartz, overseas planning associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, in a prepared statement.
“Adding Warsaw to our partnership will enable us to truly put global Jewish peoplehood into practice,” said Jan Levinson, chair of the Warsaw Connection, in a prepared statement. “Having another diaspora community that is outside of the United States can put a mirror up in front of our faces, both here in Pittsburgh and in Karmiel/Misgav, and help strengthen our Jewish identities and strengthen our relationships with each other.” pjc