2013-10-04 / Front Page

JCC Project Gesher Class Now Forming Calling all current Jewish 9th Graders!


Teens from NJ & Arad enjoying a muddy day at the Dead Sea Teens from NJ & Arad enjoying a muddy day at the Dead Sea Project Gesher is looking for Jewish 9th graders to join the leadership program that brings together 28 teens from four different New Jersey JCCs and 28 teens from our Partnership2Gether communities of Ofakim/Merchavim/Arad, Israel.

This program provides a unique opportunity for Project Gesher teens to explore and experience Israel, the people, and the land – Eretz Israel. The participants embark on a journey of relationship building, leadership development, Israel education, Jewish Identity, and personal growth.

Teens learn from one another about Jewish culture, pluralism, Peoplehood, the current situation in Israel and much more, as they make lifelong friendships with Israeli and American teens through personal encounters/seminars and social media.

Seminars will take place with a visit from Israeli participants to New Jersey in December 2014 and a trip for New Jersey participants to Israel in December 2015.

This group will meet every other month – connecting and learning from each other as well as the Project Gesher group in Israel by skype, facebook and other social media.

Eligibility: To participate in Project Gesher, you must:

Be a Jewish teen currently in 9th grade from one of the participating communities.

Have an interest in becoming an active participant in your local Jewish Community and beyond

Be willing to serve as a youth ambassador from your community to other Jewish Communities throughout New Jersey and Israel

Be willing to make a 2-year commitment to actively participate in Project Gesher, including: all of the educational workshops, programs, local trips, weekend retreats, host an Israeli counterpart during a 10-day trip to New Jersey (December 2014) and a 10-day trip to Israel (December 2015)

Application Process Includes:

A written statement, including a brief paragraph about yourself and a one page essay, “What doesAmYisrael Chai mean to me?”

A letter of reference from a teacher, rabbi, or youth advisor.

An interview by the local Project Gesher committee.

Cost of Project Gesher:

Project Gesher is heavily subsidized by NJ/Arad/Ofakim/Merchavim Partnership2Gether resulting in a cost of $1,400 per participant ($700 each year). Cost includes all experiences during the Project Gesher program within the New Jersey Region and the 10-day trip to Israel.

Partnership2Gether seeks to connect Jews in New Jersey to Jews in Israel through “Living Bridge” programs that bring people of all ages through shared experiences, education, social action and economic development. P2G is funded by the participating federations and donors in the States and in Israel.

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