JEWISHcolorado Israel & Overseas Center

Connecting Colorado to Israel and the

Global Jewish Community

About the Center

The Israel & Overseas Center is JEWISHcolorado‘s newest initiative in its mission to connect Colorado to the global Jewish world. We believe that Jews everywhere are inextricably linked, regardless of our location. In Colorado, Jewish community is a strong value. The Israel & Overseas Center, housed within JEWISHcolorado, was created to expand our community to include Jewish life on a global scale. Through fostering awareness about Israel and the global Jewish community, we hope to deepen our shared peoplehood.

Get to Know Us

Make the Israel & Overseas Center your first stop for your connection to Israel. Whether you wish to take part in overseas missions, meet with cross-cultural delegations and Israeli ambassadors, participate in our partnership region in Ramat HaNegev, or experience enriching programming, the Center is here to help. We are working to create a more connected global Jewish family!

 

“There is a special relationship within the Jewish people, a connection which crosses continents, and which underlines the fact that the Jewish people is stronger than ever.”

— Tziona Koenig-Yair | Director of Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry

Ramat HaNegev Regional Partnership

JEWISHcolorado’s decades-long partnership with the Ramat HaNegev region leverages social, human, and financial resources here in Colorado and in Israel as a means to inspire community engagement and development.

Nitzana Educational Eco Village

A cutting-edge desert community and educational center that fosters environmentalism, tolerance, and self-confidence. At the Nitzana Educational Eco-Village, young people of all backgrounds from Israel and elsewhere come together for educational experiences that change them, and the environment, for the better.

 

Derech Eretz

Derech Eretz provides the lower strata of Israeli society with upward social mobility through programs which develop individual responsibility at significant life junctures. Derech Eretz’s programs serve communities which lack social and financial resources available in more established areas.

Israeli Emissaries, Shlichim

With relationships and connection at its center, our Israeli Emissaries program (Shlichim and Shinshinim) brings the best of Israel to Colorado and promotes a greater understanding between Israelis and Coloradoans of each other’s culture and heritage.

Israel Advocacy

The Israel and Overseas Center serves as a resource to the Colorado Jewish community.

We work closely with JEWISHcolorado’s JCRC to bring nuanced understanding of Israel to the Jewish community, public officials, and beyond.

JCRC Public Officials Mission

Our National and International Partners

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)

With operations in 66 countries, our partnership with JAFI allows people in Colorado to impact Jewish communities across the globe and in Israel. JAFI’s people-to-people programs and activities include Partnership2Gether, Israeli emissary programs like Shlichim and Shinshinim, G2, 248, Masa Israel Journey, and more. JAFI’s areas of strategic focus are Aliyah, connecting Jews worldwide, Strengthening Israeli society and engaging the next generation of Jews.

 

Joint Distribution Committee

JEWISHcolorado works with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization. Through our partnership and with our support, JDC plays a vital role in helping those in crisis. Propelled by Jewish values and a commitment to mutual responsibility, this partnership allows us to respond locally to global human crises.

World ORT

World ORT is one of the largest non-governmental education and training organizations in the world. Founded 130 years ago in St. Petersburg, World ORT’s past and present activities span more than 100 countries on five continents.

iREP

iREP is an initiative of the Jewish Federations of North AMerica that encourages respect for diverse expressions of Judaism in Israel. In addition to their mission is to increase religious diversity in Israel, iREP works to reinforce Israel’s relationship with North American Jewry based on mutual recognition of and respect for a pluralistic Jewish community with a broad range of religious and cultural expressions and experiences.

Shalom Hartman Institute North America: Courageous Leadership

JEWISHcolorado has been convening cohorts of Jewish professionals and lay leadership to study together, build bonds, and work towards a courageous and collaborative leadership model across party and denominational lines. Led by faulty from the Shalom Hartman Institute, sessions include such topics as a conscientious approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israel, the Diaspora, and the future of the Jewish people.

Education & Travel

Joyce Zeff Israel Study Tour

For more than 50 years, IST has enabled rising high school Jewish seniors to braoden their knowledge about Israel, its neighbors, Jewish heritage, and history on its five-week trip.

YAD/Ramat HaNegev Exchange

A program of JAFI and JEWISHcolorado, 248 mobilizes passionate young leaders to invigorate Jewish communal life by scaling replicable initiatives, locally and globally.

G2

G2 is a year-long program  that explores Jewish family legacies and values through intergenerational connection. Created especially for grandparents and grandchildren
ages 9-11.

Missions

Each trip is both an adventure and an opportunity to experience the impact of our work in Jewish communities in Israel and across the globe. Join us and see for yourself!

Israel Information with Perspective

Monday Morning Israel Updates

Join JEWISHcolorado’s Israeli Emissary for an inside look into Israeli culture, current events, politics, and more that you might not hear about in the news!

Contact:
Itai Divinsky
IDivinsky@JEWISHcolorado.org

Israel Newsletter

From the desk of our Israel & Overseas Director Edina Segal to your inbox, featuring a fresh perspective on Israel and Middle East-related news and happenings.

Contact:
Edina Segal
ESegal@JEWISHcolorado.org

Events

Celebrate Israel Walk & Festival

Save the Date: May 7, 2023
More info coming soon!

Yom HaZikaron

Save the Date: April 24, 2023
More info coming soon!

Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Save the Date: April 26, 2023
More info coming soon!

Traveling to Israel? We Can Help

Our 20-year partnership with Ramat HaNegev gives the JEWISHcolorado community the opportunity to get to know our extended family when traveling to Israel. Let us know what your travel plans are, and we will curate unique experiences to explore and learn about the area. Contact Edina Segal or Itai Divinsky for more information!

 

Need more info? Reach out to us!

Want up-to-date news on Israel? Contact Edina Segal to be subscribed to the Israel & Overseas Center Newsletter!

Edina Segal | Director, Israel & Overseas Center

esegal@jewishcolorado.org | 303.951.8968

Itai Divinsky | Israeli Emissary/Shaliach

idivinsky@jewishcolorado.org | 303.316.6472

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