Dear Project Interchange Alumni,


The Jewish holiday of Passover begins on the evening of April 10. Passover, the Festival of Freedom, celebrates the Exodus from Egypt. The Passover Seder retells the story and helps participants feel that they, too, experienced slavery and received the gift of freedom. May we continue to learn from each other's stories and work together towards freedom for all. 



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Lili Kalish Gersch
Director of Alumni Engagement 

Israel Unwrapped Conference Call

The Trump Administration's Vision for the Middle East
Featuring Jason Isaac
son, AJC Director of Government and International Affairs

April 3, 12:30 PM ET

U.S. Toll-Free Call-In #: 877-397-0291
International Toll Call-In #: 719-325-4840*

Participant Passcode: 316005

Register Today

It's been over six years since the beginning of the Arab Uprising. In that time, we have seen the Middle East transformed by the removal of long-standing rulers, civil wars in Syria and Libya, the rise of ISIS, the Iran nuclear agreement, and the reshuffling of longstanding regional and international alliances. 


As the Trump administration inherits the challenges and complexities of the Middle East, how will they begin to formulate their policies? Should the region expect a radical departure from Obama-era policy? 

We hope that you will be able to join us on Monday, April 3 at 12:30 PM ET as Jason Isaacson, AJC's Director of Government and International Affairs, outlines the key features of the Trump Administration's approach to the Middle East.  

*Email Lili for international toll-free options

Upcoming Events for Alumni


Seeking Common Ground: Communicating in Times of Division

April 4, 7:30 PM

Featuring Father Wil Tyrell (Christian Clergy 2007) and Rabbi Haskel Lookstein. Part of the Shared Roots, Divergent Paths Series.



Hava Tequila: A Night of a Little More Charla

April 5, 7:00 PM
$10 including dinner

An evening of storytelling on identity in the Jewish and Latino communities, featuring Jason Esteves, Dr. Jose Montero and Desiree Nathanson.  



First Thursday Event: Israel & Greece

April 6, 12:00 PM

Dr. Aristotle Tziampiris, a professor at the University of Piraeus in Greece, will discuss Israeli-Greek cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean. 



For more alumni events in your area, go to

Culture Corner

Recommended Reading: Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis

Dr. Daniel Gordis recently published a comprehensive and accessible history of the State of Israel from its inception to the present day. Israel was the winner of the National Jewish Book of the Year in 2016. Daniel Gordis, Senior VP and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College, is the author of more than 10 books and a columnist for the Jerusalem Post and Bloomberg View. Wall Street Journal reviews: "He treats the most contested episodes in Israeli history...honestly and fairly."

Would you like to receive a free copy of Israel? Email Lili Kalish Gersch with your preference for a hard copy or ebook!   

Alumni News


University Leaders
Nine alumni participated in a morning of briefings for university leaders in Washington DC, including a session with Amb. Dennis Ross on challenges in the Middle East and a discussion on BDS on campus with AJC's Dr. Steven Bayme.      


Alumni Reunion
Five Latino alumni in Los Angeles met with AJC's BILLA Director Dina Siegel Vann in late March to reconnect, discuss key issues, and learn more about AJC's innovative work in Latino and Latin American affairs.  



Dr. Hoang Vu (U.S.-Based Diplomats & Foreign Policy Experts 2016), Chief Political Officer at the Embassy of Vietnam, spoke about his PI experience at a dinner on U.S.-Israel-Vietnam Relations at the Vietnamese Ambassador's residence. 


Email Lili Kalish Gersch to share professional milestones or Israel-related initiatives.

Recent & Upcoming Seminars

Would you like to recommend someone for a Project Interchange Seminar? Email Lili Kalish Gersch!

Israel News Briefing

UN secretary general reaffirms ancient Jewish ties to Jerusalem



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This Month in Israeli History
Yitzhak Rabin

Israeli statesman and soldier Yitzhak Rabin was born on March 1, 1922. He fought in the War of Independence and oversaw Israel's historic victory in the 1967 Six-Day-War. He was Israel's Ambassador to the U.S. from 1968-1973, and was appointed Prime Minister for the first time in 1974. He served as Minister of Defense during the First Intifada in the 1980s. He was re-elected Prime Minister in 1992 on a Palestinian-Israeli peace platform, and signed the historic Oslo Accords, winning the Nobel Peace prize with Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres. He made peace with Jordan in 1994. In 1995, he was assassinated by an Israeli extremist opposed to the Oslo Accords, a turning point in the peace process and Israeli history.


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