February 2013 Alumni Update

March 1st, 2013

Dear PI Alumni,

We were bowled over when an alumnus from a 1985 PI seminar recently came by our Washington, DC offices with photos from his delegation to Israel. Take a look at some of the amazing images from that Israel trip.  We think they tell a pretty terrific story.

Showing Israel first-hand to interfaith and inter-group leaders, clergy, political leaders and government officials, journalists, university presidents and student leaders.  Over 6,000 influentials from 73 countries - and counting.

There is only one organization that does that — Project Interchange.

Thirty years?  We’ve only just begun.

Share your photos or memories from your Project Interchange trip to Israel with us!  You can email your stories, news, questions or thoughts in general to me by clicking on my name below.

Best,

Sam

Of Interest, Articles about Israel

Energy/Hi-Tech/Environment
Israeli navigator Waze beats out Dropbox and Flipboard for 2012 app prize

Israel Restores Wetlands; Birds Make It Their Winter Home

Academia
Oxford students overwhelmingly vote down Israel boycott

Culture
Ethiopian olah (immigrant) crowned Miss Israel 2013

Of Note
Israel repatriates 6 Syrians treated for wounds

Obama will cancel visit if no new Israeli coalition by March 16

Celebrating 30 Years and 6000+ Alumni

Steve Horblitt, an alumnus from our 1985 African American Leaders Seminar recently shared these pictures with us.  We think they are amazing and wanted to share them with you.   Steve and Rabbi Andy Baker, now AJC’s Director of International Jewish Affairs, who was also on the seminar, shared their thoughts on their experience.

Do you have photos you’d like to share?  We’d love to hear from you! Email us and share your pictures.

Featured Alumnus: Dr. Louis Agnese, President of University of the Incarnate Word

After participating in a PI seminar for University Presidents last summer (July 2012), Dr. Louis Agnese, president of the University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX), returned for a follow-up trip to Israel in early February. The trip, coordinated through PI, was geared to investigate the possibility of building a medical school in collaboration with Tel Aviv University’s (TAU) Sackler School of Medicine.

Dr. Agnese met with TAU President Yoseph Klafter and Sackler Medical School Dean Yoseph Mekori about launching a joint program including academic exchange. Independent of the medical school initiative, Dr. Agnese held meetings with other senior TAU officials to create a new student exchange program to send UIW students to study abroad at TAU, a program that does not yet exist at UIW. UIW is the largest Catholic university in Texas; the largest private Hispanic-serving institution in the state and the fourth-largest private university in Texas. The medical school, if established, would be the second private medical school in the Southwestern U.S.A.

Are you interested in having your work featured by Project Interchange? Email us to share your story.

Israel Unwrapped

PI’s Monthly Conference Call series on the most important, up-to-date information on Israel will  next focus on Hezbollah, Iran’s Shadow War, and Europe.  Watch your inbox for the invitation or email us to RSVP.

Connect with Project Interchange

If you’re not already connected to PI through LinkedIn, connect to us and stay connected with PI throughFacebookLinkedInTwitter and email for up-to-the-minute information about Israel and Project Interchange.

Alumni Events and Upcoming Seminars

Recruitment is complete and program development is in full swing for PI’s ninth seminar forRhodes Scholars.

PI alumni in the Washington, DC area: contact us for several exciting upcoming alumni programs.

Register and join us at AJC’s Global Forum June 2-4 in Washington, DC. Participants will be part of an exclusive group granted unique access to world leaders and decision makers, along with a special event for PI friends and alumni.

Recent Seminars

“Being in Israel was comfortable to me…I went, I saw, I observed.  Everyone I spoke with wanted peace, but not everyone thought it was possible.” Megan Messerly, Campus Media Seminar, in her article in The Daily Californian.

PI hosted two student delegations in January from the US, California Student Leaders and Campus Media editors and journalists.  Read more here.