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COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH
WESTMINSTER COLLEGE AND THE WESTERN GALILEE COLLEGE


 From September 19 – 22, 2011, Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, hosted “Bridges”, the 3rd Annual International Workshop forgoing  American-Israeli academic collaboration.  Fifteen Israeli faculty and Western Galilee College President Gideon Fishman attended.   The highlight of a September 19 dinner and reception included signing of a collaborative agreement for Joint Faculty and Student Exchanges.  Leadership of the Jewish community joined in a reception at the home of Westminster College President Dr. Richard Dorman on September 19, followed by dinner and signing ceremony held on the campus of Westminster College.

 The purpose of the four day workshop was to provide opportunities for faculty members of Westminster College, and other Partnership institutions in the Central Region, to engage in discussions, both formal and informal with faculty from the Western Galilee College, which will enrich teaching and professional development.  As part of the conference, the Israeli and Westminster faculty on September 21 toured the Butler Institute of American Art led by Dr. Lou Zona, as well as visited the Jewish Community Center, Heritage Manor and Levy Gardens.  A wonderful dinner was held for the conference delegates at the JCC.

 The Partnership with Israel, established in 1994 by the United Jewish Communities of North America and the Jewish Agency for Israel, connects some 550 communities around the world with Israeli communities in 44 such partnerships.  Youngstown is a part of the Central Area Consortium which promotes people-to-people relationships between 14 Jewish communities in the United States, and the Western Galilee region on the Mediterranean Sea in Israel, through educational, cultural, social, medical and economic programs.  The Western Galilee, home to the Ghetto Fighters’ Museum and the largest Arab and Druze communities in Israel, is the most culturally and religiously  diverse areas of the country where the mixing of Jewish, Muslim, Arab, Christian Arab, and Druze populations  is most active.