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Federation responding to English skills dilemma in Israel


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Two of Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s partnership cities – Tzfat and Hazor HaGlilit – are the lowest-ranked cities in Israel in English examination. Students in Rosh Pina, the other city in our partner region, rank lower than average in English skills.

“The English Enhancement program gives kids in Israel the chance to develop their English language skills in fun and creative ways,” said Iris Meidan, director of Partnership 2Gether. “But the program also gives people in Palm Beach County the chance to make a meaningful difference – and make lifelong friends in the Jewish homeland.”

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Lynn Kaston, a dedicated leader from Palm Beach County's Jewish community, visited classrooms in our Partnership 2Gether region in Israel to show children struggling with English that learning a new language can be fun and non-intimidating.

Through Federation’s Partnership 2Gether and the commitment of the Kaston family, the groundbreaking English Enhancement program was launched to turn around this trend in our partner region.

You can join us to improve verbal English skills for our Jewish family in Israel.

  • Become a volunteer – retired teachers, gap year youngsters, college grads and others – anyone with an interest in living in the region for a short period with help from a hospitality program.
  • We will connect Israeli students to practice English over Skype with their American peers, through our school twinning program.
  • This will benefit the children and teens in our Partnership region by improving their communication skills and developing strong personal bonds with children and teens on the other side of the world.
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Stay tuned for more information about the English Enhancement program. For questions about becoming a volunteer and changing a child's life, contact Maxine Kaufman at 561.242.6678 or maxine.kaufman@jewishpalmbeach.org

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