An Enduring Partnership
Israel continues to be a high interac-
tive priority of the Jewish Federation
of Metropolitan Detroit.
In the past year, Federation oversaw
17 missions and exchanges with 650
Detroiters and Israelis from the Central
Galilee, Federation's Partnership region,
going back and forth. A similar level of
activity is projected in the coming year.
The Partnership2Gether program
turns 20 in 2014.
"Our bond with
Israel is taking
on new dimen-
sion and depth:'
Bloom told the 325
attendees at the
joint annual meet-
ing of Federation
and its banking and
real estate arm, the
United Jewish Foundation, held Sept.
10 at the Jewish Community Center in
He added, "Our relationship with our
Israeli families in the Central Galilee is
a model for the entire country."
Young Adult Israel Travel
Signup continues for the next Detroit
Community Birthright Experience
mission to Israel, in collaboration with
Israel Outdoors, this December (www.
The free 10-day trips are for local
young adults ages 21-26 who have
never visited Israel as part of a peer-
based community experience.
Detroit Community Birthright
Experience is a partnership of Hillel
of Metro Detroit and Federation's
NEXTGen Detroit and Israel &
Overseas departments. They provide
social events, networking opportuni-
ties and workshops so trip-goers can
stay connected and continue their
Israelis Discover Treasures
Gold and silver coins and jewelry dated
from the 7th century were found at
an Israeli excavation at the foot of the
The two bundles of treasure, discov-
ered at the Temple Mount's southern
wall, at the Ophel excavation site, can
be dated to the late Byzantine period.
Eliat Mazar, a Hebrew University of
Jerusalem archaeologist, led the discov-
ery during summer
I excavations. She
called it "a breath-
She believes the
items were left amid
the Persian conquest
of Jerusalem in 614.
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ORT educates over
300,000 students around
the world every day.
t he ORT Michigan Region's big annual fundraiser,
Rub-a-Dub. This year 500 attendees generated
hundreds of thousands of dollars for the international
ORT network of programs.
But Rub-A-Dub is only one of many ways ORT
America raises money for these innovative educational
programs, administered by World ORT in London,
that serves over 300,000 students a day across five
A sterling example of how ORT America does this is
the Kadima Mada (Science Journey) program in Israel.
In 2007, a call went out to help Israel repair its science
and math education.
ORT America's donors responded enthusiastically to
this venture, funding dozens of what are called "Smart
Classrooms" throughout Israel's "periphery," such as in
the Negev and the Galilee. Our donors also extended
Kadima Mada into the
country's pediatric hospitals to help hospitalized children
continue their education through tutoring and distance-
Today, Israeli science and math education ranks among the
best in the world.
And this is just the tip of the ORT iceberg! I haven't told you
about the award-winning schools in Buenos Aires, our three
top-notch ORT colleges, the 27,000 ORT students throughout
the countries of the Former Soviet Union, or our own Hermelin
ORT Resource Center at JVS Detroit. You can discover all of this
on the ORT America website or contact me directly (see the
information to the right).
Our donors continue to invest in an ORT education because
Nicole Miller, Director
ORT America Michigan Region ORT continues to make an immediate and significant impact on
the lives of children, their teachers, and the local community,
as it has done since its founding in 1880. I invite you to join us
in this exciting and rewarding work.
One of the students benefiting from
the Kadima Mada-Kav-Or distance
Some history is worth repeating. Come join our family tre
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ORT educates over 300,000 students around the world every da
To learn more about becoming involved
with ORT America, contact Nicole Miller,
Director, Michigan Region at (248) 723-8860
or nmiller@ORTamerica.org .
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