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Project Interchange

Since 1982, Project Interchange has brought over 6,000 of the world’s most influential voices to Israel from more than 85 countries and all 50 U.S. states.

Through its weeklong seminars, Project Interchange exposes diverse leaders of today and tomorrow to the complex issues facing Israeli society.

An educational institute of AJC, Project Interchange relies on donors who support its unique purpose and the measurable results its programs yield.

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Impact

PI Alumnus Consul General for Lithuanian Pledges Support and Security for Jewish Cemeteries

PI alumnus (Diplomatic Leadership 2015) and Lithuanian Consul General, Hon. Julius Pranevicius, hosted a group of Jewish Rabbis and leaders to discuss the preservation of Jewish cemeteries and mass graves in Lithuania. Consul General Pranevicius reaffirmed his pledge to protect the security of Jewish cemeteries in his country. Read the full story here.

Miami Herald OpEd Features Project Interchange and Miami Entrepreneur Delegation

The Miami Herald featured an OpEd by AJC Miami’s Brian Siegal and Knight Foundation’s Matt Haggman about their experiences, lessons learned, and perspectives from Israel as a result of the AJC Project Interchange delegation of high tech Miami-based entrepreneurs. One of the best practices cited was Israel’s emphasis “building an entrepreneurial eco-system” as a path to success. Read more here.

AJC’s Juan Dircie Publishes a Spanish-Language Op-Ed About The Vatican’s Decision To Recognize the Palestinian State

Following Project Interchange’s recent delegation of Latino Media Leaders to Israel, Juan Dircie, Associate Director-Miami, AJC’s Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs, published an article in Dario Las Americas about the recent decision by the Vatican in recognizing the Palestinian State. Juan led the delegation and was invited by PI alumnus and Latino Media Leaders seminar participant, Manuel Aguilera, Executive Director of Dario Las Americas, to write an article about the announcement from the Vatican and what it means for Israelis and the Jewish State. Read the full article here.

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Alumni in the News

Lori Bettison-Varga, Project Interchange Alumna, Named as New President of LA’s Natural History Museum

Lori Bettison-Varga, President of Scripps College in Claremont, California, has been named President of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Read the LA Times announcement and see a photo of Bettison-Varga at Tel Aviv University during her 2013 Project Interchange University Presidents seminar.

Project Interchange Alumnus, Jeffrey Herbst, Outgoing President of Colgate University, Tapped as CEO of Newseum

Jeffrey Herbst, outgoing Colgate University president, has been selected as CEO and President of the Newseum. The Newseum, located in Washington DC, features exhibits about journalism and the First Amendment and is ranked as a top 10 U.S. museum destination according to Trip Advisor. Here’s Jeffrey meeting with then-Israeli President Shimon Peres on his 2011 Project Interchange seminar.

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