Dear Project Interchange Alumni,


AJC Global Forum is June 4-6, 2017 in Washington, DC. This annual event features major policy addresses by world leaders, dinners with diplomats, face-to-face meetings with members of the U.S. congress, sessions by AJC experts, networking with people from around the globe, and opportunities to connect with fellow Project Interchange alumni. You can register here: first-time attendees receive 50% off the conference fees with the discount code AJCFirst2017. Please email me with any questions! 



-Don't forget to join our private alumni Facebook group. 
-Did you miss an Israel Unwrapped? Listen to a podcast on your own schedule.


Lili Kalish Gersch
Director of Alumni Engagement 

Alumni Venture Fund

Apply for a Grant from AJC Project Interchange
AJC Project Interchange awards a limited number of grants of up to $1,000 biannually to support impactful Israel-related projects and programs led by Project Interchange alumni. The next deadline for grant proposals is June 15. 

Projects and Processes 

  • The project or program must be initiated by a Project Interchange alumnus. 
  • Eligible proposals should reflect some aspect of Israeli history, society, culture or politics. 
  • Proposals may include but are not limited to academic projects, public programs or artistic endeavors. 
  • Proposals are evaluated by Project Interchange staff. 
  • Grantees receive 50% at the beginning of the project and 50% upon completion, normally within one year. 
  • The Alumni Venture Fund also provides grantees with connections in Israel and the U.S.
  • Grantees agree to be featured by AJC in social media and/or public programs. 
  • The Alumni Venture Fund does not provide general operating funds to existing non-profit organizations. 

Read More and Apply Here

Upcoming Events for Alumni


Washington DC
The U.S. and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

May 3, 6:00 PM
Free, includes dinner

Alumnus Dr. Philip Gordon (Strategic Analysts 2001), who was a senior Obama advisor, discusses the Trump administration and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict



Voices of Israel - Pluralism in Action featuring Artolerance Performers

May 17, 12:00 PM
$10, includes lunch

An interactive musical program honoring the coexistence and diversity that make up Israel's multicultural society. 



Dinner with Dr. Tal Becker

May 21, 5:00 PM
Free, includes dinner

An intimate dinner program with popular PI speaker Dr. Tal Becker on Religion, Identity and Justice: A Deeper Look at the Future of Israeli-Palestinian Relations, followed by Q&A.



For more alumni events in your area, go to

Inside Israel

Holocaust Remembrance in Israel

Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah (Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day) is Israel's day of commemoration for the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust and the Jewish resistance that fought against the Nazis. It is a national memorial day, and there is a state ceremony at Yad Vashem as well as services in communities throughout the country. Public entertainment is closed, flags are flown at half-mast, and and an air raid siren brings the country to a standstill for two minutes of quiet reflection. 

Alumni News


Reunion in Brazil
Nine alumni from this year's Brazilian Political Leaders seminar came together in Brasilia for a reunion dinner at the home of Senator Katia Abreu last month. 


Opinion Leaders

Four PI alumni were named in Newsmax's "50 Most Influential Latino Republicans."

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Düzen Tekkal (German Muslim Civic and Political Leaders 2016) received the AJC Berlin Ramer Award for Courage in the Defense of Democracy. 


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
Trump expected to visit Israel with daughter and Jared Kushner




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In 'historic' step, first female judge appointed to Israel's sharia courts
This Month in Israeli History
Founding of Tel Aviv 

Tel Aviv, the first modern Jewish city, was founded on April 11, 1909. Sixty-six families from the ancient and mainly Arab city of Jaffa formed a society to establish a suburb outside city lines. Gathered on the sand dunes on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the society drew lots to fairly distribute plots of land. Tel Aviv's population soon outpaced Jaffa's, and the cities merged into a single municipality in 1950. Today, Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel, with a population of over 426,000, and is Israel's technological and financial center. 


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