Dear Project Interchange Alumni,


I hope that the summer is bringing you new opportunities for relaxation and discovery. Take a moment to check out two outstanding articles on India-Israel relations from Alumni Venture Fund recipient Ronak Desai, one in Forbes and one in American Bazaar. We look forward to announcing the second round of recipients next month! 

Do you have a feature you'd love to see in the alumni newsletter? An idea for an alumni program you'd like to see? A great story to share? Please be in touch--I love to hear from our alumni! 



-Don't forget to join our private alumni Facebook group. When we reach 300 participants we'll do another book giveaway! 

-Did you miss an Israel Unwrapped? Stream it from our podcast collection. 

Lili Kalish Gersch
Director of Alumni Engagement 

Israel Unwrapped 
Alumni Learning Session

Israeli Solutions to Global Cyber Threats

Featuring Eyal Balicer

Wednesday, August 2, 12:00 PM ET

U.S. (toll-free): 800-324-5531
International (toll): 719-325-3302*
Passcode: 898696  

Register Today

With global cyberattacks threatening the safety and livelihood of billions of people, Israel's expertise in cybersecurity is in great demand. 

How did Israel become a leader in cybersecurity? How can it continue to help the nations of the world face the growing threat of cyberterrorism and cybercrime? 


Cybersecurity policy expert Eyal Balicer will explore the origins of Israel's strength in cybersecurity innovation, the state of the industry, the evolution of the cyber threat landscape, and the government's role in preserving Israel's position as a global security powerhouse.  

*Email Lili Kalish Gersch for international toll-free options. 

Upcoming Events for Alumni


Religious Pluralism in Israel: Its Impact on Israel-Diaspora Relations

August 10, 7:30 PM

Dr. Steven Bayme, AJC's Director of Contemporary Jewish Life, discusses efforts to strengthen religious freedom and equality in Israel. 



Los Angeles
How Do We Keep Our Immigrant Communities Safe?
September 5, 6:30 PM

A panel discussion featuring leaders of communities impacted by immigration policy as well as senior law enforcement officials who serve them. 




From Protestant Reformation to Christian-Jewish Reformation: A 500 Year Journey
September 7, 12 PM

Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC's Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, is the featured speaker at this luncheon program. 



For more alumni events in your area, go to

Inside Israel

Israel and the Waqf

The Waqf has been in the news, following Israel's installation--and subsequent removal--of metal detectors at the gates to the Temple Mount after a deadly terror attack. But what is the Waqf? 

  • In Jerusalem's Old City, The Temple Mount, the site of the Jewish Holy Temple that was destroyed in 70 CE, is a holy site to both Jews and Muslims. 
  • While Israel controls access to the Temple Mount (the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam), inside its gates the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf (the Islamic Religious Endowments Authority) exerts almost complete control. 
  • The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf is controlled by the Jordanian government, and is responsible for the daily administration of the Temple Mount compound, which includes the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock, archaeological sites, museums, and schools.
  • Until 1917, Waqf properties were controlled by the Ottoman Empire. Under the British, responsibility was placed under the control of the Supreme Muslim Council. The Jordanians took control of these holy sites in 1948. 
  • When Israel captured the site in 1967, the Israeli government chose to maintain the status quo, which allows non-Muslims to visit, but not pray, on the Temple Mount. Jewish rabbinic law actually forbids Jews to walk on this holy ground. Read More
Alumni News


Indian Alumni on PM Modi

PI alumni played a role in Indian Prime Minister Modi's historic visit to Israel early this month, and are contributing to its ongoing coverage and analysis. 


Read the Highlights 


Alumna Against Boycott
Thank you to Oregon Governor Kate Brown (National Women Leaders 2000) for participating in AJC's Governors United Against BDS Initiative. 

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Latino Leaders

Five alumni serving on AJC's Latino-Jewish Leadership Council gathered in DC for meetings with the Dept. of Justice, White House, and members of Congress. 

Learn More


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
Israel touts growing cooperation with China, with advent of new air route




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This Month in Israeli History
Camp David Summit

On July 11, 2000, U.S. President Bill Clinton convened the Camp David Summit, bringing together Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to negotiate a final status agreement. According to participant accounts, Israel proposed an ambitious peace package with many key concessions on Jerusalem, borders, settlements, refugees, and other issues. Concessions reportedly included Palestinian control of over 90% of the West Bank, all of the Gaza strip, and a small land swap inside Israel's 1948 borders. However, Chairman Arafat negated every proposal and did not offer any of his own. On July 25, President Clinton announced that the effort had failed.This failure is widely attributed to Chairman Arafat. The Second Intifada (violent Palestinian uprising), instigated by Chairman Arafat, soon engulfed the region. Barak's left-wing Labor government collapsed, ushering in an era of right-wing Likud rule that continues today. 


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