Dear Project Interchange Alumni,

Are you interested in Latino-related issues? Debates in the United Nations or the European Union? Political developments in Asia, Europe, and Africa? AJC is doing critical work in all of these areas and more! Be sure that you're following AJC Global on Twitter and Facebook and please let me know if you'd like to be personally connected with an AJC office working on a topic of interest to you. 



-Don't forget to join our private alumni Facebook group. 

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

Lili Kalish Gersch
Director of Alumni Engagement 

Alumni Venture Fund Grantees

Congratulations to the recipients of the second round of Alumni Venture Fund Grants! 

  • Daniel Bremer-Wirtig (Latino Opinion and Policy Leaders 2016) and Rafael Bernal (Latino Political Advisors 2017), Israel's Start-Up Ecosystem
  • Leigh-Ann Buchanan (Miami Entrepreneurs 2016), Beyond the Start-Up Nation
  • Dimitris Keridis (Greek Civil Society Leaders 2011), Israeli Scholar at Summer Academy
  • Jesus Loya (Latino Political Advisors 2017), Silicon Valley and the Start-Up Nation
We hope that you submit a proposal for our next grant cycle opening in late Fall!  
Upcoming Events for Alumni


New Jersey
Expert Breakfast Series

September 14, 8:30 AM


AJC's Jason Isaacson on the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.



West Coast Florida
At a Crossroads: Latin America and the Trump Administration
September 6, 11:30 AM

The impact of Trump's victory for Latin America with AJC's Dina Siegel Vann. 




Israel's Blossoming Ties with Africa: Why Now?
September 6, 6:30 PM

AJC's Eliseo Neuman on establishing lasting ties with civil society and governments in Africa.



For more alumni events in your area, go to

Inside Israel

Destination: Eilat

Summer vacation on your mind? Eilat is a resort town and port at the southernmost tip of Israel with a population of 20,000. There are references to Eilat in the Bible, and it has been an important regional port since the time of King Solomon. Eilat is warm year-round and has very little rain. The warm, calm sea is wonderful for swimming, water skiing, and boating. You can go scuba diving in the Red Sea, get a close-up view of a coral reef, swim with dolphins, or go hiking or rapelling. Eilat is also known for its exciting night-life.The city also hosts an international jazz festival every summer. Just north of Eilat, you can cross into Jordan to visit Petra, enjoy camel rides and jeep tours in the Timna Valley National Park, or see endangered animals at the Hai Bar wildlife reserve. 

Alumni News


In the White House

Huffington Post named Helen Aguirre-Ferre (Latino Media 2002), Special Assistant to the President and White House Director of Media Affairs, as one of the "Latinas to Watch Inside the White House." 


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Fighting Anti-Semitism
Mehdi Ghourigate (French Civic Leaders 2016) was a signatory on an AJC Paris initiative published in Marianne, "Fight against antisemitism: what some French intellectuals refuse to admit"

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Alumni Organizing 

Emmy Ruiz (Latino Political Advisors 2017) was hired to organize Onward Together, a nonprofit and super-PAC founded by Hilary Clinton and Howard Dean (National Jewish Democratic Council 2005). 

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
For the first time in Israel: 25 clean energy buses for Haifa




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El Al set to launch Tel Aviv- Buenos Aires route
This Month in Israeli History

The First Zionist Congress
The First Zionist Congress, the inaugural congress of the Zionist Organization, took place in Basel, Switzerland on August 29-31, 1897. It was convened and led by Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and included 208 delegates and 26 members of the press. The group established the Zionist platform (called the Basel program), founded the organization, and set Hatikvah as its anthem. The Jewish majority at that time opposed the movement. Herzl wrote: "Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word--which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly--it would be this: At Basel I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today it would be greeted by universal laughter. In five years, perhaps, and certainly in fifty years, everyone will perceive it."   


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