PI Alumnus Publishes Column on the Significance of Shimon Peres

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Carmelo Jordá (European Journalists 2007) wrote a touching opinion piece in Libertad Digital (an online publication based in Madrid), “Lo que Simon Peres significaba para Israel,” translation: “What Shimon Peres meant for Israel.”

Mayor of Atlanta & PI Alumnus Defends Training with Israeli Police

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

On July 18, 2016, amidst chaos and violence between civilians and police officers in the US, Atlanta Mayor and Project Interchange alumnus, Kasim Reed, made a bold statement. In responding to demands from protest organizations to end joint training exercises with the Israeli police, Kasim said: “I’m not going to do that; I happen to believe that the Israeli police department has some of the best counterterrorism techniques in the world, and it benefits our police department from that longstanding relationship.” Watch full clip here and read the Atlanta Jewish Times article.

PI Alumnus Records Podcast About PI Experience

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

PI alumnus, Professor Mohamed Alsiadi, discussed the current situation in Syria as well as his experience in Israel in a podcast with AJC’s Scott Richman: “Before going to Israel, the concern was from my students’ perspective. I teach Arab students – Muslims and Christians from the Middle East – strictly first generation [here in the U.S]. They studied in high school or middle school that Israel as a state is the enemy and this is our only enemy that we have. We always had a feeling of how are we going to explain to them the meaning of this visit and the impact on the US. To explain to them that the only solution that we have is to make peace with Israel, not war.”

Full podcast:

PI Alumnus Key Role in Renewed Relations Between Burkina Faso-Israel

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Renewed Burkina Faso-Israel relations as a direct result of Project Interchange alumnus Cheick Kader Yaméogo, 2013 West African Political Leaders delegation. Mr. Yaméogo successfully coordinated a private meeting between the newly elected President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, and the Consul and Deputy Chief of Mission at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Itamar Roi. During his trip to Burkina Faso, Roi also met with several Ministers – this was the first time an Israeli official has travelled to Burkina Faso in over three years.

Alumnus from 1998 Shares Documentary About His Project Interchange Seminar

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Check out this fascinating 5-minute documentary created by Gregory Wendt, a Project Interchange alumnus from the AJC Denver Muslim/Jewish delegation from 1998. He discusses the importance of dialogue in situations of conflict, especially within the Middle East. Full video here.

Madrid-Based Alumna Pens Op-Ed about Israel

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Carmelo Jordá (European Journalists 2007) wrote an opinion piece in Libertad Digital (an online publication based in Madrid), “El Milagro Israelí y Lo Que Queda de Occidente,” translation: “The Israeli Miracle and What Remains of the West.”

Miami-Dade College and Tel Aviv University Host Startup Nation Conference

Friday, May 13th, 2016

On May 17, Miami-Dade College’s Idea Center and Tel Aviv University’s Entrepreneurship Center are partnering together to host the inaugural Startup Nation Conference in Miami. This first of its kind conference is a direct result of last year’s Project Interchange seminar for Miami Entrepreneurs and the MOU between Miami-Dade College and Tel Aviv University that stemmed from Leandro Finol, a participant in the seminar.

Read more about this conference:

  • Miami Herald: “Miami Dade College, Tel Aviv University to Host Startup Nation Conference” and “How To Think Big: Israeli Entrepreneurs Show How It’s Done
  • Sun Sentinel: “Miami-Dade College Partnering with Tel Aviv University for Startup Nation Conference” and “Startup Nation Conference Considered a Success
  • Knight Foundation: “Miami, Tel Aviv Exchange Insights on Entrepreneurship with Startup Nation Conference
  • Check out the opening video!

    Video Reflections from African Business Leaders [VIDEO]

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

    Andrew Rugasira, Founder and Chief Executive, Good African Coffee, Uganda

    “At a personal level it’s been a real mind-opener. From the things we’ve learned about the realities on the ground and also the historical context of the Holocaust. Seeing Yad Vashem was a touching finale to the trip. I’m going back home more informed, more enthusiastic, and more equipped.”

    Alumna Writes Op-Ed About India-Israel Relationship

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

    Alumna from Project Interchange’s 2013 Indian Opinion Leaders, Tanvi Madan, wrote an op-ed for Brookings about the state of India’s relationship with Israel, the Modi government’s approach toward that country, and its attempt to de-hyphenate India’s relations with the Israelis and Palestinians.

    Participant Reflections from California Student Leaders [VIDEO]

    Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

    Jordyn Holman, University of Southern California

    “I do have a personal connection to Israel and I wasn’t expecting to walk away with that feeling.”