Partnership Consortium Offers Guaranteed Placement on birthright

Taglit-birthright israel, which offers 18-26 year olds a free trip to Israel, is so popular that every available space is usually taken the day registration opens, and many eligible and interested young adults do not get the opportunity to participate.

To address this problem, Partnership with Israel’s Central Area Consortium has put together a special birthright israel trip that guarantees acceptance for eligible young adults who are from or are studying in consortium communities.

Formal registration opens on February 15, but interested young adults, who have never participated in an organized peer trip to Israel, should join the mailing list at and choose the option for the Central Area Consortium trip. Once they sign up, participants will automatically receive information in the coming weeks about the registration process.

They can also see an outline of the registration steps at

The consortium’s goal is take 100 young people on birthright israel this summer.

For more information about this special birthright israel opportunity, contact Tzivia Levin, 618-5308 or

Partnership with Israel, a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), is designed to foster individual relationships between Israelis and American Jews. The Louisville Jewish Community has been an active participant in the program since its inception in 1997.

Louisville is part of the Central Area Consortium of Midwestern Federations that is partnered with the Western Galilee region of Israel. The Western Galilee is located along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and extends to Israel’s northern border with Lebanon.

The Midwestern Consortium includes Akron, Canton, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, OH; Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana, and South Bend, IN; Louisville; Des Moines, IA; Omaha, NE; and Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth and Tarrant County, San Antonio and Waco, TX. The Western Galilee includes Akko, Western Galilee Hospital and the Matte Asher region.

Through Partnership programs, Louisville has benefited from numerous exchanges in medicine, art, music, education and business. In July, several Israelis joined our camp staff as counselors, enhancing our camp program.

Partnership with Israel receives support from the Jewish Community of Louisville’s Annual Campaign.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Louisville’s Partnership Chair Kathy Karr, or Sara Wagner at the Jewish Community of Louisville, 618-5307 or

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