Israel & Overseas Engagement Initiative


There is no place in the world more meaningful for the Jewish people than Israel. While the ancient land of Israel has always been home to the Jews, since 1948, the modern State of Israel has completely transformed what it means to be a Jew. Because of the State of Israel, Jews have a national identity, wherever they live.


Here at the Charleston Jewish Federation we believe that Israel is one of the most effective ways to connect North American Jews of all ages to their heritage, and thereby strengthen our connections to the local Jewish community and the worldwide Jewish community.  We also know that Israelis get more involved, more connected, and more aware of their Jewish identity when they have relationships with Jews outside of Israel.


Through our allocations to the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Joint Distribution Committee, the Charleston Jewish Federation answers social, cultural, economic, welfare and educational needs all over Israel.  Our vision for the future is to capitalize on the rich and diverse Jewish foundation of our community to build living bridges and help create many encounters, connections and relationships across all generations and affiliations.  We intend to develop diverse travel opportunities and programs based on the platform of partnerships, working closely with local Israeli leadership and geared toward the goal of connecting our people into one family with one vision for us all.

For more information about getting involved with Israel Engagement, please contact Rebecca Leibowitz.

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