The Jewish Federation of Western, CT is part of the Southern New England Consortium (SNEC) a consortium of Jewish Federations from southern New England, which in 1994 was partnered with the Afula-Gilboa Region in Israel.



Our Partnership with Afula-Gilboa

This partnership focuses on:


  • Economic development

  • Fostering coexistence among Israeli Jews and Arabs

  • Education

  • Building the next generation of young leadership


The Jewish Federation of Western, CT has contributed to this partnership through donations that have helped to improve education, security, and health care for the people of this region. SNEC believes that through joint action in support of the Afula-Gilboa Region we can have a more meaningful impact on helping all of the people of the Region.


Afula is an urban center providing key services for the Jezre’el Valley. It is only eight miles from Jenin (a Palestinian city just north of the West Bank) and a frequent target for terrorists. In the 1980’s Afula struggled to absorb many immigrants coming from Ethiopia and the Soviet Union. Afula is one of Israel’s most strategic and demographically challenged areas.


The Gilboa region is made up of kibbutzim, moshavim, and Jewish and Arab-Israeli villages which share an 11 mile stretch across the Seam Line with the Palestinian Authority.


For more information visit our Israel & Overseas Grant Page




The Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut is pleased to provide a series of short videos prepared by our friends from Partnership2gether in Afula, Israel.