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.
The Boston-Haifa Connection
Transforming Individuals and Their Communities
Thousands of individuals have been touched by the Connection, including at-risk youth in Haifa, Boston-area Jewish day school students, Ethiopian-Israeli immigrants, seniors and Israeli-Arabs. More than 100 active projects continue to engage social service agencies, schools and synagogues in both cities, making the Connection a dynamic, multi-faceted partnership. Going far beyond one-time missions and donations, the Connection builds Jewish community on both sides of the ocean through dialogue and collaboration.
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.