The value of participating in Amitim 2.0 A Global Leadership Network-  Amitim 1.0 Testimonials

Black David photo“The JCC Global Amitim joint project is a phenomenal project for our JCC and it’s going to have an even bigger impact in the future. The project had a fundamental impact on me personally; I began to see the JCC as a center of Jewish Peoplehood. Even when looking at our own Jewish community, there are different Jews. We began reaching out to the Persian and Israeli communities. There are a lot of things that we already do regarding Jewish values, culture, food, films and more. This project helped us connect the dots.” [David Black, Executive Director, Sid Jacobson JCC, New York, USA]

Nosenko Inessa“Participating in the JCC Global Amitim program I had the feeling that I’m not alone. That I’m part of a big Jewish people. In our special situation in Ukraine life is not easy. I take from all of you the experiences that we shared and I’m going to bring it back to my community. You all gave me an opportunity to learn useful things that will help the future of my community. The future is in our hands. We will make things happen.” [Inessa Nosenko, Executive Director, Mazal Tov JCC,  Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine]

Cohen Iris photo“The main impact of JCC Global’s Amitim project was the development of the special needs programs in Eilat. The project provided an opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world. People in Eilat had their lives improved thanks to this project.” [Iris Cohen, Executive Director, Eilat Community Centers, Israel]


Ornstein Jonathan photo“JCCs benefit greatly from the connections made by JCC Global. Jewish Peoplehood is realizing that JCCs are addressing not only the Jews of the community but also Jews in other communities and Jews  passing by the community.” [Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director, Krakow JCC]


Israel de Nichols Jackie photo“JCC Global is a support structure that brings to our daily lives in our JCCs the concept of Jewish Peoplehood.” [Jackie Nichols, Past President, Hebraica Club, Caracas, Venezuela]


Nagnibeda Slava“Walking back to our hotel, during our recent seminar in New York, we noticed the teens speaking among themselves about Shabbat. They discussed various ways to celebrate Shabbat, the differences between their homes and traditions. We realized that the project has achieved more than we had hoped for, as the teens not only got to know their partner Jewish communities, but also started a learning process recognizing the variety of Jewish People around the world” [Slava Nagnybida, Khmelnytsky welfare fund “Hesed Besht”, Ukraine]

Buslik Debra Adler photo“We had to go globally in order to find out what’s in our back yard and to find the local value of bringing Jewish Peoplehood to our JCC” [Debbi Buslik, Past President, Sid Jacobson JCC, New York, USA]


Fritz Zsuzsa photo“JCC Global is a network of people that you can ask help from and not feel alone in your tasks. People from whom you can get new ideas for new initiatives and programs. A back up system for the work that you do.” [Zsuzsa Fritz, Director, Balint JCC, Budapest, Hungary]


Lev Inball photo“For Israelis, being exposed to a wide array of Jewish identities was very important.” [Inball Lev, Kivunim, Beer Sheva]



Fox Sue photo“JCC Global enables the engagement worldwide of Jews of all different denominations, difference approaches, gathered together, to be able to have shared conversations and a shared relationship so that we can better know each other and move forward working together towards a shared goal.” [Sue Fox, Executive Director, Shorefront YM-YMHA of Brighton Beach, New York, USA]


Blishteyn Gelena photo“The teens who participated in the project became a network of professionals. This was probably the most transformational effect of the project. In addition, these teens are now planning programming for their campers and other teens, taking into account their peers from around the world. They are aware of Jews in other parts of the world in everything they do from now on.” [Gelena Blishteyn, Chief Operating Officer, BensonHurst JCC, NY, USA]

From the participants in JCC Global joint projects

“I am truly very happy and grateful to have been a part of this wonderful and amazing program. The opportunity I was given was a once in a lifetime chance to meet amazing teens from around the world. I have learned so much about Jewish communities in places like France, Ukraine, New York, and even Argentina! I will always remember all of the amazing people that I met and hopefully I will be able to see them again in the next JCC program meetup.” [Roni Shachar, Beit Hakerem Community Center, Jerusalem, Israel]

“The JCC Global Hamsah fellowship showed me that there is not just one way to be a Jew. It also taught me that being Jewish does not mean being religious, for Judaism is also a culture but moreover, a story about history. I loved the pluralistic mind-set and the openness about talking about very serious topics from different viewpoints.” [Participant from JCC in Manhattan, New York]


HAMSAH Teen seminar in Budapest

“This program was really meaningful for all of us. I met a lot of people I really love them. I opened my mind and I feel so good about what I experienced. I saw different ways to practice my religion and I learned a lot from that. My host family was the best- they were amazing people, and thanks to them, I felt at home more than ever. I have visited Israel before, but never like this, with people from four different countries. I had one of the best weeks in my life and I fell in love with this country. I shared my Jewish values and my peers did the same. I hope other people will have similar experiences to this too in the future.” [Esther Dahan, Neuilly Sur Seine JCC, Paris, France]

“Going into JCC Global’s Hamsah fellowship I knew that I would be changed because of it but, I had no idea what the extent of that change would be. After Hamsah, I now feel that I am a better leader, more confident, and more aware of what is going on in other Jewish communities. In addition I learned how to be okay with being uncomfortable. By being thrown into a foreign country with 17 other strangers, you learn how to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations. I now feel more confident to go into situations where I might not know anyone which I feel is an important life skill that many people do not learn until they get much older. I owe so much to Hamsah and all the friends and experiences that helped me become who I am today. I now feel like a better and more improved version of myself than I was a year and a half ago when the program was first brought to my attention.” [Participant from JCC in Manhattan, New York]

L'Alliance teen NY seminar July 2016

L’Alliance Teen NY seminar, July 2016

“On Hamsah’s last trip to New-York, we did a program on group dynamics. We analyzed how groups form, storm, norm, and perform. As we sat in a circle discussing each stage, I realized how Hamsah exceeded each one. We formed, stormed, normed, and performed together magically. It is very rare for a group to gel so well and the fact that we did was very special. Words cannot describe how lucky I feel to have met each and every one of the Hamsah members. They inspired me to be more enthusiastic about life and taught me that Judaism has endless meanings. I will look back and remember that choosing Hamsah was one of the best decisions I ever made because it changed me forever.” [Participant from JCC in Manhattan, New York]

“I want to say a big thank you for all the people who gave us this opportunity, and put money and effort in it! But I also think that it’s not over we had fun together, we worked and learned together, now it is our time to continue, and give back something. I hope that with the help of the JCC we can create something. JCC Global Hamsah project  made me realize the importance of the Jewish community. That even when it’s hard you can never give up! “ [Fanni Abonyi, Balint JCC, Budapest, Hungary]

“I’m very thankful for this amazing experience , I met new people , who are not only my friends for a lifetime but my second family. I hope we can see each other soon and create something amazing together in the Jewish community.” [Villő Szenyán, Balint JCC, Budapest, Hungary]

“I’ve learned so much about myself both as a Jewish member of my community and a person. I was able to see Israel from the eyes of teens from different countries as well as from the point of view of Israeli teens. This opportunity allowed me to develop meaningful relationships with amazing people.” [Tami Gitlin, Sid Jacobson JCC, New York]

Family Tree Orange County seminar July 2016

Family Tree seminar in Orange County, July 2016