Global Connections

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is committed to maintaining the vibrancy and continuity of our people worldwide and to building meaningful connections between our Jewish community and our partners in Israel and around the world.

Israel programming is one of the most effective ways to connect North American Jews to their heritage and their Jewish identity. Israelis also feel more connected to the larger Jewish world and are more aware of their Jewish identity when they foster relationships with Jews outside of Israel.

We emphasize connecting our community with others around the world and have developed a myriad of projects and programs through unique partnerships with six communities in Israel and one in Cherkassy, Ukraine. Through these partnerships we:

  • respond to social, cultural, economic, welfare, and educational needs throughout Israel, especially in the Negev
  • foster Jewish identity and Jewish pluralism
  • support the values of a democratic Israeli shared society
  • Rishonim IL

    Rishonim IL is an exclusive and highly subsidized program designed for GMW high-school graduates that gives you the chance to represent Greater MetroWest NJ in Israel—and then come back home to share your experiences and put them into action!

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In the 18th year of our Greater MetroWest Rishonim (young Israeli emissaries) Program, as we continue to live and work in a virtual world, Rishonim Chai (חי) is born. Our community is excited to welcome back ten rishonim alumni (from the past 17 years) to virtually educate children, teens, and adults throughout the community. Despite the distance, they are bringing their special spirit and enthusiasm to enlighten the community about Israeli people and culture, and foster connections with Israel.

Meet this year's rishonim.

  • Jewish Diaspora Communities

    We support, raise awareness, and educate our community about the plight of Jews throughout the Diaspora, especially with Cherkassy, Ukraine.

  • Shared Society (Pluralism)

    We promote, foster, and support an Israeli society that is open and tolerant and that provides equal opportunity for all its citizens.

  • GMW Israel Engagement

    We bring Israel to life in Greater MetroWest by creating authentic Israel connections through our delegation of shlichim (emissaries).

  • Negev Council

    We create vibrant partnerships in the Negev, supporting social and economic development, providing programming that enhances Jewish life, and building relationships.

  • Uncovering Israel

    This page is an educational resource providing monthly updates from Israel, virtual tours, Israel-related activities for families, and so much more! It’s a place where we can all share our interest and enthusiasm for Israeli people and culture, and foster our connections with Israel.

  • Meet Our Rishonim

    In light of current pandemic, this year’s rishonim (young Israeli emissaries) will be a diverse group of rishonim alumni. They will virtually connect our community to Israel through a variety of programming.

  • Travel Opportunities

    There is no better way to make meaningful connections than to experience Israel and other overseas Jewish communities for yourself. Federation offers a variety of travel and work opportunities for people of all ages.

  • Partner Communities

    As part of its commitment to Jewish people throughout the world, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ has developed special relationships with six overseas communities: five in Israel, one in Cherkassy, Ukraine.


Federation partners with the following agencies to provide services to the worldwide Jewish community.

How Do You Want to Live Israel?

Federation offers so many ways for you to engage and explore your relationship with Israel. Please contact us to find out more about any of the following programs or other ways to connect with our Israeli community.

For Adults:

  • Partnership2Gether – opportunities to participate in a variety of people-to-people programs with our partner communities in the Negev.
  • Federation Missions – travel experiences that help build bridges of understanding and immerse participants in all aspects of Israel.
  • Birthright – a completely subsidized trip to Israel for young Jewish adults between the ages of 18 to 26.

For Teens:

  • Passport to Israel – a grant available for all Jewish high school students for travel to Israel on an educational peer group trip.
  • Diller Teen Fellows – an international program that inspires and empowers Jewish teens to be active, effective leaders with a strong Jewish identity, a sense of belonging to their community, the Jewish People and Israel, and a responsibility to the betterment of the world (tikkum olam).
  • ILEAD (Israel Leadership, Education, and Advocacy Day) – a seminar for high school students to empower themselves to become pro-Israel supporters on college campuses.
  • Israel Engagement Fellowship – a leadership program for 11th and 12th graders that explores the centrality of Israel in Jewish history and the diversity of Israel today.

For the Whole Family:

  • AIPAC Policy Conference – a Greater MetroWest delegation of teens and their parents participate in a three-day trip to Washington, DC, for the largest gathering of the pro-Israel movement in the U.S.

Contact Global Connections
Stephanie Brand
(973) 929-3054