Student Multicultural Music Program in Israel

This 7-day intensive program in the Western Galilee region of Israel is designed for serious violin and viola students who are interested in collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy in Israel. This opportunity is open to six musicians (violin and viola) aged 18 and older from the U.S. Central Area Consortium Communities who will be selected via an application, one page resume and audition video.

During the program, students will attend a world-class faculty seminar and receive dynamic, personal instruction at the Keshet Eilon Music Center, have multiple performance opportunities, attend workshops in local music schools and at the Akko Conservatory of Music, and participate in a multicultural exchange with local student musicians creating a positive impact on the community—all while experiencing the beauty of northern Israel. The P2G Student Multicultural Music Program is built on three principles: to strengthen musical expression, to build meaningful relationships, and to foster mutual respect. 

The program will run from Sunday, December 16 to Saturday, December 22, 2018 (not including travel time) 

Application, Resume, Audition Video & Fee

  • Download your application form here. The completed application, $25 application fee, one page resume and video audition deadline is September 1, 2018.

  • An audition video of two contrasting works at a maximum of 10 minutes must accompany your application and be uploaded to private YouTube channel.

  • Once the video(s) are uploaded, invite the following addresses to view the video & submit your application and resume to the following email address: 

Acceptance notifications will be sent by September 20, 2018.

Costs & Payment

  • Students are responsible for: 

    • 25$ Registration Fee
    • Round trip flight costs
    • $500* program fee for the Keshet Eilon Seminar (a special reduced price*)
    • Students are responsible for their health insurance
    • Any additional private meals, activities or personal items outside of the itinerary
  • Partnership2Gether is responsible for: All ground costs and meals in the Western Galilee including student housing, food, transportation and touring. (See Itinerary below)

Flight schedules will be coordinated so that participants will fly from one US airport together (NYC or similar). 

Itinerary (tentative)

December 16 - 22, 2018 (not including travel time)

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

  • 4 pm: Arrive to Nahariya via train from Ben Gurion (2 hour ride), check into the hotel
  • 7 pm: Welcome dinner with the Israelis (Partnership2Gether volunteers and staff)

Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

  • 10 am Music workshop in elementary/high school in Akko/Matte Asher region
  • 12 pm: Lunch and tour of the Old City of Akko
  • 5 pm: The Pipe Organ Builder, a workshop and concert of special organ music in Yuvalim
  • 7:30 pm: Dinner

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

  • 9:30 am: Jeep Tour of Israel's northern border, explore the Rosh Hanikra Grotto Caves
  • 12:30: Lunch
  • 2:30: Free time in Nahariya
  • 5:30: Akko Conservatory Auditorium, a workshop with multicultural ensemble
  • 8 pm: Dinner

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

  • 10 am: Music workshop in elementary/high school in Akko/Matte Asher region
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 2 pm: Rest at the hotel
  • 4 pm: Workshop in Ma'alot Tarshiha Music School
  • 8 pm: Home Hospitality Dinner   

Thursday – Saturday: Keshet Eilon Seminar

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

  • 10  am: Arrival
  • 10:45 am: The program begins
  • 11 am: Ensemble playing
  • 1 pm: Lunch
  • 2 pm: Personal lessons
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner
  • 8:30 pm: Concert or other musical event

Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

  • Morning and Afternoon: Personal lessons
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner
  • 9 pm: Concert

Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018

  • Morning and Afternoon: Personal lessons and rehearsals for the final student concert
  • 4 pm: Final student concert
  • 6 pm: End of Seminar
  • 7 pm: Farewell Dinner
  • Evening: Take train directly to Ben Gurion Airport for late evening departure

Program Leadership

Gary Levinson

Gary Levinson

Itzhak Rashkovsky

Itzhak Rashkovsky

Gary Levinson, Program Co-Chair and lead faculty, is the Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, soloist, chamber musician, and world-renowned pedagogue will lead and accompany the US group of students.

Itzhak RashkovskyMusic Director of Keshet Eilon Music Center
Gilad Sheba, Managing Director of Keshet Eilon Music Center

Danny Yaron, Director of the Akko Conservatory of Music/Strauss Municipal Conservatory

Kim Goldberg, Program Co-Chair and chaperone has traveled to Israel extensively as the past Partnership2Gether Chair of the Arts & Community Task Force, and as a freelance artist and designer. 

Noa Friedman-Epstein, Program Coordinator, Partnership2Gether Arts & Community Task Force Coordinator, The Jewish Agency for Israel

This program is in partnership with the Akko Conservatory of Music/Strauss Municipal Conservatory and the Keshet Eilon Music Center, both located in the Western Galilee. 

About our Partners

Keshet Eilon Music Center 

Committed to nurturing the next generation of young violinists, these three-day seminars bring together promising young students and their teachers from all parts of Israel for an intensive series of masterclasses and ensemble concerts led by the Keshet Eilon Music Center faculty. Special efforts are made to locate and subsidize students and teachers from peripheral areas and from the Druze and Arab sectors. The Seminar includes instruction and masterclasses for pupils, and refresher content for teachers. Each seminar is based on a three-day format of intensive study. Between 50 and 60 violin pupils participate, alongside 15-20 local violin teachers. Through this special Partnership2Gether program, we now have the opportunity to have 6 US students, along with Gary Levinson join this group. 

Akko Conservatory of Music

The beautiful and modern Akko Conservatory of Music/Strauss Municipal Conservatory serves over 700 Arab and Jewish students every year who study and play music under its roof. The students take part in international concerts and competitions around the world representing their city and the State of Israel. 

The Conservatory has an academic preparatory for music studies in cooperation with the prestigious "Academy of Music” in Jerusalem which is supported by the municipality of Akko and David Friedman Scholarship Fund. The successful graduates are able to continue their academic studies at the Academy in Jerusalem. 

Partnership2Gether / The Jewish Agency for Israel

Partnership2Gether, a program of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America, promotes personal relationships between 14 U.S. Jewish communities, Budapest, Hungary and Israel’s Western Galilee through cultural, educational, social, medical and economic programs. Partnership2Gether is made up of an inclusive and active network of people focused on the mutual exchange of ideas and programs with the goal of developing relationships to strengthen our global Jewish Identity.

Our programs are dedicated to connecting people and making a difference.

Through the P2G programs, our community members can be agents of change and create stronger bonds between the people in our communities. Buffalo, NY; Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, Ohio; Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana, South Bend, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska; Austin, Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas and Budapest, Hungary are linked with the Western Galilee, the most northern part of Israel on the Mediterranean coast.

Read more about Partnership2Gether

For more information contact:

Kim Goldberg, Program Co-Chair, or 402.968.7493

Noa Epstein, Arts & Community Task Force Coordinator, or 011-972-4-605-5280