Israeli inspiration in Africa

Young Jewish leaders from Boston visit Kenya to learn more about Israel's international aid activities in Africa.

Mordechai Sones ,

Project Inspire participants
Project Inspire participants
Foreign Ministry Spokesman

Cooperation between the Consulate General of Israel to New England and CJP - Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and the Israeli embassy in Kenya gave rise to a joint project called Project Inspire.

As part of the project, a unique delegation of 12 young Jewish leaders with diverse backgrounds - teaching staff, engineers, representatives of philanthropic foundations, and high-tech workers aged 25-40 visited Kenya for a week, accompanied by Deputy Consul General Matan Zamir.

Throughout the week, the delegation toured and visited local institutions, schools, communities, and social organizations actively assisted by Israel.

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The project exposed participants and their communities to Israel's international aid activities for the past 60 years, providing an opportunity for young Jews to connect to Israel through "Tikkun Olam" (meaning "Improving the world").

Upon their return to Boston, each participant is expected to lead an independent project in their community. In addition, participants will implement a joint group project. These projects are planned to be relevant to communities in Boston and Kenya.

The delegation received great attention on social networks. Delegation members noted they were deeply impressed by Israeli activity in Kenya and saw it as an opening for a new and different relationship with Israel and Judaism.

This year Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its MASHAV International Development Cooperation program, which has been active in 140 countries worldwide directly training more than 300,000 people in a broad variety of fields.




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