Top U.S. LGBT Leaders in Israel to Forge Ties with Israeli LGBT Advocacy Organizations and Promote Global Gay Rights

October 28th, 2013

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October 28, 2013
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Top U.S. LGBT Leaders in Israel to Forge Ties with Israeli LGBT Advocacy Organizations and Promote Global Gay Rights

Executives of National Gay Rights Advocacy Organizations, National LGBT Leaders on First Project Interchange Seminar for LGBT Leaders

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(Jerusalem, Israel, October 28, 2013) - American LGBT leaders from top national advocacy organizations, academia, government and the media are visiting Israel to explore bilateral partnerships and collaboration with their Israeli counterparts, as part of the first-ever Project Interchange seminar focused on the LGBT community. They will meet with representatives of The Agudah, Israel’s national LGBT organization; and other LGBTQ pioneers and change-makers, including film director Eytan Fox, who has won international acclaim for films with an LGBT focus such as “Yossi & Jagger” and “Walk on Water”; Gal Uchovsky, co-founder of the Israeli Gay Youth Association, and one of Israel’s leading commentators on Israeli arts and culture; and will travel to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian leaders.

The delegation will also visit the Tel Aviv Community Center, one of the world’s few city-owned and operated community centers for the LGBT population. The delegation will learn about Israeli initiatives promoting LGBT rights, including programs for gay youth, that have contributed to Tel Aviv’s reputation as the “The World’s Best Gay City.”

“We are honored to bring this high-powered delegation of American LGBT leaders in our first such seminar in Israel,” said Project Interchange Executive Director Sam Witkin. “Israel’s progressive attitude toward LGBT rights offers fertile ground for building bridges, sharing best practices and nurturing solidarity between the LGBT communities in both countries.”

The seminar, designed by AJC’s Project Interchange in consultation with the participants, will offer broad exposure to the complex issues facing Israel and the region, with the delegation scheduled to meet with senior government, academic and civil society leaders across the Israeli social and political spectrum.

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About Project Interchange: Project Interchange, a non-profit educational institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee), develops and conducts educational seminars in Israel for current and emerging United States and international leaders. For more than 30 years, AJC’s Project Interchange has brought over 6,000 influential figures to Israel from 77 countries, offering them broad exposure and first-hand understanding of the complex issues facing Israel and the