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Our Partnership with Afula-Gilboa


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

The 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.

About Afula-Gilboa

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.