Source: School Twinning Conference
Hundreds of educators from around the world participated in The Jewish Agency for Israel’s School Twinning Conference on Monday, December 10th, 2012. During the conference, which was held under the auspices of Israel’s Ministry of Education, an international candle lighting ceremony took place where students from Hong Kong, England, Turkey and Ashdod each lit the 3rd night of Chanukah candles in their own city.
The international candle lighting ceremonies were followed by a live broadcast of prayer notes – written by students from around the world–being placed in crevices at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
The Partnership2Gether (P2G) International School Twinning Network connects educators and students at more than 200 schools in Israel with their peers at more than 200 schools in Jewish communities around the world. It provides participants the opportunity to learn from one another and to create ongoing partnerships between their communities.
Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky described the importance of this event and ceremony with those present, saying: “Direct engagement with Israel creates vibrancy and rich content for Jewish day schools overseas. The Partnership2Gether Network is the main platform for these connections to happen.”
Andrea Arbel, Director of the Agency’s Partnerships Unit, added: “The strong connection between these P2G School Twinning Network students was affirmed during the recent Operation Pillar of Defense. Jewish day school kids showed their strong support and were in direct contact with their peers in Israeli schools that were under fire. Now, during the holiday of Chanukah, we’re able to light a different kind of fire-one of solidarity and hope and partnership.”
The School Twinning Network provides online resources (collaboration manuals, lesson plans, teacher training, recorded virtual conferences and events) for the use of all the twinning schools staff, students and communities.