The Sister City Program

This program, which more accurately may be described as a sister “region” is a partnership between the Jewish community of New Hampshire and the Hof haCarmel region of Israel.  This beautiful region stretches from Cesaria, on the coast of the Mediterranean to the outskirts of Haifa, and eastward into the Carmel Mountains. 

Included in the region are the artist village of Ein Hod, kibbutzim, and numerous historical sites.  Our partnership offers a people-to-people connection where visitors to either country already have friends and experience home hospitality, thereby forging a deeper connection between the Diaspora and Israel.  If you are planning to visit the Hof haCarmel region or if you would like to learn more, please contact our main office at

Archive of older photos & information


Sister City

Hof Ha Carmel

Our Sister City connection in Israel
(Site is in Hebrew)


Travel to the beautiful artist's city of Ein Hod in Israel! The artist's village of Ein Hod offers inspiring art experiences, classes, tours and more! Learn more here!

Travel Information about the Carmel Region, Israel (PDF)

Mark Lazar - Israel Educator

Mark Lazar, Israel Educator

We enjoyed Mark's visit in 2015 and thank those congregations who participated in these fantastic events! Learn more about Mark's visit below.


A Gift to our Jewish Community
mid-November - December 14, 2015

The JFNH Board of Directors is delighted to share news of a special gift available to you this Fall. As part of our renewed commitment to support initiatives that add to the richness of Jewish life throughout New Hampshire, JFNH is sponsoring an Israel Educator-in-residence from mid-November through Chanukah, December 14, 2015. Mark Lazar is a talented leader/teacher/trainer who can provide a wide variety of learning experiences for people of all ages. He specializes in informal education techniques yet he offers frontal presentations as well as interactive programs. We hope that this gift will be a welcome addition to the Jewish and Israel education and programming you customarily offer to your community.

About Mark

Mark Lazar is a Jewish educator, based in Jerusalem, who specializes in informal education. He engages with people of all ages exploring Jewish Identity and History, Modern and Ancient Israel, and the Holocaust. Through both formal presentations and lively, group activities, Mark brings new excitement and joy to Jewish learning and living.

Mark has more than forty years of experience leading seminars and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Australia, England, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Spain, France, Serbia, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Holland. He is a talented lecturer and discussion leader and has unique expertise in informal education methodology and techniques.

Mark frequently visits the U.S. as a specialist in Israel Engagement. He has worked with the Federations and BJE's in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Baltimore and Montreal and has trained staff and madrichim for Israel summer programs and as well as for youth camps throughout the country.

Mark has led over fifty journeys to Poland and provides site education in Israel. He has been an educator a wide variety of organizations including The Jewish Agency for Israel, Birthright Israel, JCCs, Hillels, Melitz, American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), World Zionist Organization, Archeological Seminars, Young Judaea, Limmud, United Synagogue and B'nai Brith.

Session Topics

Mark can custom design any session on any theme for most age groups to meet your needs and interests. You will have the chance to “personalize” his visit to your congregation or organization. See suggested topics below.



Judaic Studies


More Topics for Adults


FOR YOUTH (school age to Bnai Mitzvah)

These sessions usually are comprised of a few opening games, storytelling and creative drama. The themes below work well within this framework.