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Visit Karmiel/Misgav!

A guide to visiting Karmiel/Misgav, Pittsburgh's Partnership2Gether (P2G) Region.

Karmiel/Misgav & Pittsburgh

Partners Since 1995

Karmiel/Misgav, located in Israel's central Galilee, has been Pittsburgh's Partnership region since 1995. Coordinated locally by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and supported by the Federation's Annual Campaign, P2G is a joint program of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federations of North America. P2G programs are approved each year by a joint steering committee consisting of members from Pittsburgh and Karmiel/Misgav. The Partnership invests in our community by providing funding for synagogues and other groups to visit the region for short periods (up to one day) to experience authentic people-to-people connections while in Israel.

About Karmiel

The Heart of the Galilee

Mercaz Klitah Karmiel

Karmiel was founded in 1964 and is the first planned city in Israel. Its population is about 60 percent native Israeli and 40 percent immigrants from 70 countries. With a growing population of 55,000 residents, Karmiel is building two new neighborhoods and has just concluded construction of a train station linking it to Tel Aviv with a new fast train, now a 90 minute ride. Karmiel is known for its annual international dance festival, which attracts thousands of dancers and fans from around the world. The mayor of Karmiel is Moshe Koninsky and was newly elected in November 2018.

About Misgav

Innovation, Diversity, High Quality of Life

Misgav Moona

Misgav surrounds the city of Karmiel like a horseshoe and is akin to a suburb or county. It has its own regional council and mayor and is home to 22,000 residents who live in 35 small communities including 6 Bedouin villages. Misgav has won many national awards in Israel for high quality management and sustainability practices. Many residents of Misgav work in the high-tech industry. The Misgav high school robotics team has won the FIRST robotics competition in Israel numerous times and one year came to Pittsburgh to celebrate their victory and meet with other teens engaged in robotics throughout Pittsburgh. The mayor of Misgav, Danny Evry, was newly elected in November 2018.

Visit Karmiel/Misgav

Places to Go & Things to Do

Yodfat

An Archeological Site

Yodfat

Yodfat was one of the major battlegrounds between the Romans and the Jews as they sacked their way across the holy land on their way to conquer Jerusalem. Not far from the site there is a lovely shopping area with great shops and restaurants.

HaShomer HaChadash

Safety & Security of Farms in Israel

HaShomer HaChadash

An organization founded by activists to promote the safety and security of farms throughout Israel, in response to a growing need for this due to agricultural theft. Their mission is to promote a connection to the land of Israel through education and agricultural volunteering with a focus on activities emphasizing the value of work, mutual responsibility, civic courage and love of the land. The Jewish Federation supports HaShomer HaChadash activities in Karmiel/Misgav and can arrange for groups to volunteer at farms in the area. Since its establishment, HaShomer HaChadash has strengthened connections to the land of Israel among tens of thousands of volunteers, helping hundreds of farmers and national institutions with safeguarding State land while engaging in study and discussion on the values of Zionism. These experiences provide a unique opportunity to engage, formulate and strengthen one’s personal and national identity.

Yedid Nefesh

A Reform Synagogue

Yedid Nefesh

A Reform synagogue in Karmiel that is part of the Reform Movement in Israel which is part of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Their community strives to re-attach Judaism and Israel and is developing a Jewish community for people who need religion free of coercion, filled with meaningful Jewish experience, celebrating Shabbat and Holidays, engaged in study, connected with Tradition; all in a welcoming way based on humanistic values relevant to our modern world. Rabbi Gadi Raviv leads this congregation.

Kishorit

A Home for Adults with Special Needs

Kishorit

Supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Kishorit is a kibbutz for adults with special needs. All of its members work on the kibbutz, including with goats that provide award winning cheese all over Israel, a winery, organic bakery, and an organic garden. Kishorit also has an Equine Assisted Therapy program used to treat people with physical impairments and mobility issues, as well as people who have difficulty communicating and connecting with others, such as individuals with autism or cognitive impairments, those who have experienced major traumas, and those suffering from psychiatric disorders or ADHD. This program is currently being supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Moona: A Space for Change

Shared Society Technology Education

Moona: A Space for Change

With a start-up grant from Partnership2Gether, Moona, founded by former IDF air force combat pilot Asaf Brimer, aims to create shared society in Israel and especially in the Galilee region, through hands-on technology education. Partnership2Gether of the Jewish Federation supported the creation of a regional robotics team consisting of Israeli Jews and Arabs, who competed in Israel's FIRST competition in Tel Aviv. Moona partners with numerous organizations and schools throughout the region providing opportunities for students and adults to use its facilities for robotics and drone development, developing prototypes on its 3-D printers, and many other initiatives. Moona is located in Madj al Krum, an Arab town adjacent to Karmiel.

Kehilat Hakerem

Egalitarian Masorti (Conservative) Congregation

Kehilat Hakerem

An egalitarian Masorti (Conservative) congregation established in 1979. Their home is the Spitzer Center, close to the center of Karmiel in the heart of the Galilee. They offer a vibrant Jewish community, comprising native Israelis together with long-time immigrants and those who have recently arrived from countries all over the world. The spiritual leader is Rabbi Dr. Gil Nativ, a third generation Israeli who fought as a paratrooper in the 1967 war

People to See

Because of our long-standing Partnership with Karmiel/Misgav, the Jewish Federation has numerous connections to people and groups throughout the area. When groups including synagogue and other missions are visiting the area, it is our pleasure to connect you with people, including:

  • Our long-time dedicated Israeli Partnership volunteers and leaders, many of whom have been to Pittsburgh or hosted Pittsburghers in their homes and know our community well;
  • Every-day Israelis through home hospitality dinners;
  • Meetings or volunteer activities with groups such as our Israeli Diller Teen Fellows (an international Jewish leadership program supported in part by Partnership2Gether, with a cohort of teens in Pittsburgh and a cohort of teens in Karmiel/Misgav), or Israeli campers who have been to EKC.
  • Meet people at places like Kishorit (noted above) or Krembo Wings, a youth movement for teens with special needs with a branch in Karmiel.
  • Have group discussions with local people about the issues you care about most. We can help you identify facilitators and groups to connect with.

It is our goal to create a rich, meaningful, and authentic experience for you in Israel. With our experience and connections in the region, we can help you design a visit that will meet your group's goals and needs.

Debbie Swartz

Debbie Swartz

Israel & Overseas Planning Associate
(412) 992-5208
dswartz@jfedpgh.org
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