Boston-Haifa Social Justice Community Partners

Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) - Boston Haifa Connection

The Boston-Haifa Connection has been changing lives and opening hearts since it was established by Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the City of Haifa in 1989. The Connection builds "living bridges" between the sister cities and strengthens the social fabric of both societies. As Israel's third-largest city and a center for pluralism and coexistence, Haifa makes an ideal sister city for Boston. At the heart of the Connection are person-to-person relationships that have evolved for almost two decades through visits, phone calls, e-mails and videoconferencing. Haifaim and Bostonians recognize each other as friends, colleagues and individuals pursuing the highest Jewish values through their work together. Click here to visit the site.

The University of Haifa's Department of Continuing Education in the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences was established during academic year 1996 by the University of Haifa's authorizing bodies and the Council for Higher Education. The Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences includes two administrative units aimed at providing services and training to professionals and the lay public. These units are the Interdisciplinary Clinical Center and the Continuing Education Unit. Established in 1979, the aim of the Unit for Continuing Education of the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences is to develop and run programs aimed at expanding and enriching the knowledge and capabilities of professionals in the areas of health and social welfare. Click here to visit the site.

McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at UMASS

The Center for Social Policy (CSP) provides expertise on policies and practices that reduce social and economic inequities in Massachusetts and the nation. Through active community engagement, CSP takes a critical look at the structural causes for low wages, housing affordability problems and the unequal distribution of resources. In the family centered approach to research, they use innovative and pragmatic ways to reshape policies to promote solutions that address the root causes of poverty; this work is carried out by collaborating with multiple stakeholders, including people from communities most affected by state and federal social welfare policies, as well as service providers, policymakers, employers, labor unions, and philanthropic organizations. Click here to visit the site


The New Israel Fund's Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change Organizations in Israel, was established in 1982 to strengthen civil society efforts and promote democracy, tolerance, and social justice in Israel. Each year, Shatil provides close to 1,400 nonprofit organizations with consulting, training, coalition-building assistance and other services. In addition, Shatil reaches out to disadvantaged populations - like new immigrants, Arab Israelis and residents of development towns - to help them realize their rights and play an active role in determining the policies that affect their lives. Click here to visit the site.