The distance between the city of Dimona and the city of Montgomery in Alabama US is 10,637 KM. So what do these two cities have in common?
First the year 1955 is a very significant year for both cities.
For Dimona this is the year the city was founded.
For Montgomery this is the year when, on Dec 1, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white man- as required by the law, A big protest started where the Afro-Americans boycotted the public transportation system until the law was changed.
The two cities had one more thing in common. They are both part of the "Network- Dimona Partnership 2000" project- one of 46 similar Partnerships between Jewish Communities abroad and regions in Israel. The Partnership 2000 project is a joint effort of the "Jewish Federations of North America", "Keren Hayesod" and the "Jewish Agency for Israel"
On Sunday Dec 13 students from both cities joined together for Chanukah Candle lighting event. Students from Net@ project in Dimona and students from Temple Kol-Ami school connected via Skype at 6:00PM Montgomery time for a warm Chanukah festival.
The participants from both sides discussed briefly what Chanukah is for them and their family. Both sides lit Chanukah candles and sang the Chanukah songs.
Hila, from Dimona was happy to connect to Jewish teens that live thousands miles away. Allison Lloveras from Montgomery said: "to me, Chanukah is a time to be with family and enjoy the time you spend with them. It's a time to be thankful for each other"
In the special language of Partnership 2000 another "Bridge for Connections" is formed. The candle lighting event and the letters sent few days ago from Dimona to Montgomery, will strength a special bond between the two cities.
Many people on both cities contributed to the success of this event and I would like to thank them all:
In Montgomery: Yuval Katz- Jewish Agency' Shaliach in the Jewish Federation of Central Alabama, Lany Asher and Sharon Berry- Principals in the religious school, Rabbi Scott Kramer and Rabbi Elliot Stevens.
In Dimona: Uri and Moran from NET@ Dimona, Yamit Alfasi.