The New Jersey/Delaware-Arad/Tamar Partnership (P2G)
Arad is located on the border of the Negev and Judean Deserts, near the Dead Sea. The city is home to a diverse population of about 28,000 people that includes Ashkenazim and Sephardim, secular and religious, Russians, Ethiopians, and Bedouins, as well as native-born Israelis. The Tamar region encompasses communal villages, agriculture, factories, tourist sites, and military and civilian installations. The Tamar Council has a permanent population of 2,300.
The New Jersey/Delaware-Arad/Tamar Partnership (P2G) encourages and fosters enduring relationships between and among Jewish communities by funding an array of programs locally and in Israel that all have a “living bridge” component connecting the two.
Areas of funding include the environment and education; economic development and population growth; arts and culture; talented youth; and programs that connect Arad/Tamar and New Jersey/Delaware. Examples include.
Living Bridge Programs
- Gesher, a three-year teen program with five JCCs that links 20 kids from throughout New Jersey and Israel through programming, Facebook, Skype, and visits.
- Eco-Connection, connecting 12 day schools and supplementary schools in New Jersey, Delaware, Arad, and Tamar through the study of the environment within a Jewish context.
- Kefiada, an English-language day camp in Arad where American young adults are counselors.
- Ivriada, where Israeli counselors come to American day camps for the summer.
- Counterpoint, a summer program through Yeshiva University that sends YU students and others from the local community to Arad to work with teens with potential as well as those at risk.
- Volunteer Corp, an opportunity for Americans to live for two-four weeks in Arad and volunteer in schools, absorption centers, senior centers, and other sites.
- Israel Emissary, which brings a young Israeli to the local community for a year.
Education and Community
- Tzameret Shinshinim, bringing pre-army Israeli teens to Arad for a year of service.
- Pediatric Learning Center, which provides early intervention for toddlers and young children with developmental disabilities.
- Arad College for All, a year-round supplemental program for students with potential in grades 2-12.
- Center for Children with Learning Disabilities, for religious and secular children with learning disabilities in Arad.