Connections Israel – Position Paper
Connections Israel was established 13 years ago for the purpose of strengthening the connection between Jewish schools and communities worldwide with Israel.
This organization is a recognized non-profit organization in the State of Israel and has all the required documents including section 46.
Contributions from America and Canada can be earmarked for Connections Israel via the Jewish Agency and in this manner are also tax exempt donations in their countries of origin.
At present, our organization works with over 200 schools and communities in the Diaspora, each one of which participates annually in at least one of our projects.
Connections Israel focuses on strengthening relationships between schools and communities with Israel in three ways:
- Connecting with an IDF Unit – The organization brings its partners to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the unique defining characteristics of the IDF. By becoming acquainted with the personal/human side of our soldiers, Connections Israel strengthens one’s affiliation with the IDF and in turn one’s desire to assist and support those serving in the army (including Lone Soldiers, many of whom come from their own communities).
- Bar/Bat mitzvah – The organization forges connections between those celebrating a bar/bat mitzvah with Israel and in so doing strengthens their Jewish Zionist identities in a variety of ways.
- Art – Once a year, the organization sponsors an art contest for high school and college students on a topic related to Jewish identity. Qualifying projects are brought to Israel for the final round of competition where prizes are awarded.
Connections Israel believes that Israel is the crowning center of Jewish identity and that, as such, it has the unique ability to help integrate a strong Jewish identity into Diaspora Jewry.
Currently, the organization has three paid employees:
Mordechai Cohen – Director from the field of education, married and the father to five children.
Sharon Spira – Associate Director from the field of social work and informal education, married and the mother/stepmother of nine.
Hanoch Young – Project Director, from the field of management and tour guiding, married and the father of two.
Additional staff is hired on an as needed basis. We also are fortunate to have many volunteers in Israel and abroad.
Connections Israel non-profit id#: 580479400
Address: 97 Jaffa Street PO Box 28371 Jerusalem 91283