Highlighting Diversity and Influence of American Latino Community, Prominent Delegation of National Latino Leaders Visiting Israel

November 18th, 2013

For Immediate Release                                                                      November 17, 2013
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Contact: Keren Naveh, navehk@projectinterchange.org, 052-228-6767

Highlighting Diversity and Influence of American Latino Community, Prominent Delegation of National Latino Leaders Visiting Israel

Delegation includes former Administration and Congressional officials, leaders of civic and cultural organizations, corporate and media executives, and emerging leaders featured on “Ten Young Latinos in Politics to Watch in 2013″ and Newsweek’s “Women of the New Century”

(Jerusalem, ISRAEL) - A bilateral and diverse delegation of influential Latino leaders is traveling in Israel with AJC’s Project Interchange and Latino and Latin American Institute.

The participants, including former senior Senate and Administration staff on both sides of the political aisle, policy experts, a Hollywood agent with an impressive client list, and other senior policy and cultural leaders, will gain exposure to various dimensions of Israeli society, in particular, to Israel’s highly diverse and technologically-savvy citizenry, which has helped fuel and sustain the country’s rapid economic growth.

This pioneering initiative is Project Interchange’s 21st such seminar for Latino opinion leaders, proudly conducted in collaboration with AJC’s Latino and Latin American Institute. AJC’s Project Interchange and LLAI have a long and illustrious history of bringing Latino and Latin American leaders to Israel together. During the same week, Project Interchange and LLAI have a separate delegation of councilmembers and aldermen from São Paulo, Brazil, in Israel.

Sessions dealing with diversity, co-existence and interfaith relations are also on the agenda. These and other topics, including the status of the peace process, Palestinian politics and society, and Israel’s strategic position with regard to Iran and other regional challenges, are intended to expose the group to a wide range of complex issues facing Israel.

The delegation will traverse much of Israel, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the Northern border for a first-hand look at Israel. The trip includes meetings with influential figures, including senior Israeli, Palestinian, and Israeli-Arab leaders. In addition, H.E. Fernando Carderera Soler, Spain’s Ambassador to Israel, will host a private reception for the delegation.

Sam Witkin, Project Interchange Executive Director, stated, “AJC’s Project Interchange is tremendously pleased to host this delegation of prominent Latino leaders, marking our 21st such delegation, which underscores AJC’s long-standing partnership with Latino and Latin American communities.” Witkin added, “These leaders represent diverse Latino constituencies, but the delegation shares an interest in several issues impacting Latino and Latin American communities generally, including immigration, diversity, and maintaining cultural heritage and language across the diaspora. As many such issues shape Israeli society, we hope participants will return home with a better sense of the similarities between their communities and those in Israel.”

The Project Interchange delegation is accompanied by Dina Siegel Vann, AJC’s director of the Latino and Latin American Institute.

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AJC’s Project Interchange develops educational seminars in Israel for current and emerging US and international leaders. For 30 years, Project Interchange has brought over 6,000 influential figures to Israel from 80 countries, offering them broad exposure and first-hand understanding of the complex issues facing Israel and the region. www.Projectinterchange.org