Since 2004, the Jerusalem Inter-Cultural Center has a strategic partner in New-York – Cause-NY (of the JCRC-NY), headed by Rabbi Bob Kaplan. Use this link to learn more about this partnership. The program is funded by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Agency For Israel.
One aspect of this fascinating exchange is our joint facilitation of a series of webinars on topics that are of interest for a specific community of activists globally. Previous series were on issues such as cultural competence in health, cultural competence at the workplace, community resilience and more. The new series we started this week deals with ”Tikkun Olam” and involves Israeli and Jewish experts and volunteers from all over the world, who focus on helping people outside the Israeli/Jewish community.
The second webinar was on “the Jewish Response to Natural Disasters” (see the Israeli and American invitations). 27 participants from the US, Israel and the United Kingdom joined the webinar. The presentations were given by DR. WILLIAM RECANT, Assistant Executive Vice-President, the Joint Distribution Committee, and by Dr. MIKE NAFTALI, founder and chairperson of Brit Olam. Both presentations gave good examples for Jewish and Israeli organizations working jointly to bring relief to various places around the world following natural calamities.
The next webinar in this series is scheduled for the end of January 2009.