Argentinean Leaders in Arts and Culture, Communications, and Business Travel to Israel with AJC’s Project Interchange

August 11th, 2015

Project Interchange U.S.: Myra Clark-Siegel,
Project Interchange Israel: Avital Leibovich,

Argentinean Leaders in Arts and Culture, Communications, and Business Travel to Israel with AJC’s Project Interchange

August 11, 2015 – (Jerusalem, Israel) – A delegation of Argentinean leaders in the fields of arts and culture, communications, and business is currently in Israel with AJC’s Project Interchange to learn first-hand about Israel’s robust arts community and media, as well as the country’s culture, political structure, and security challenges.

This delegation of influential Argentinean cultural leaders is conducted in collaboration with AJC’s Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs (BILLA) and marks the 10th delegation of Latin American leaders to Israel by Project Interchange and BILLA. The delegation was developed in cooperation with AMIA, the Jewish community in Buenos Aires. Participants in this delegation are influential leaders in arts and culture, and their opinions on world affairs and political issues, such as in cultural affairs, carries great weight in Argentinean society.

Throughout the educational trip, participants will meet with Jewish Israelis, Arab-Israelis, and Palestinians to learn about Israel’s booming arts environment and media landscape, visit historical and religious sites of importance, and discuss Israeli society and politics. Additional topics include the region’s strategic environment, security challenges, coexistence programs, and the impact of storytelling through art and film.

Site visits and meetings will lead the delegation through much of Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, and Sderot. Participants will also travel to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian entrepreneurs. The itinerary includes briefings with a diverse range of Israeli screenwriters, journalists, artists, and bestselling authors (such as Etgar Keret), entrepreneurs, and political leaders, all of whom will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the cultural and political environment in Israel. The week-long seminar will also create a platform upon which participants can build connections with their Israeli counterparts and determine pathways for future collaboration and new partnerships.

Buenos Aires, much like Tel Aviv, boasts a vibrant and exciting media, arts, and cultural scene with dozens of museums, a lively theater culture, and foreign press offices. Delegation participants have already made significant contributions to their industries, including: an award-winning scriptwriter for several popular Argentinean TV shows, a novelist, and a co-founder of a fast-growing Argentinean book publishing company.

Robin Levenston, Project Interchange Executive Director stated, “Project Interchange has a proud history of connecting Latino and Latin American leaders to Israel since 2005. It is our hope that participants will explore commonalities with their Israeli counterparts in the areas of media, arts and communications, while also gaining a greater understanding of the complexities, contributions, and diversity of Israel.”

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AJC’s Project Interchange
For over 30 years, Project Interchange, a nonprofit educational institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee) has brought over 6,000 influential figures to Israel from 89 countries and all 50 U.S. states, offering them broad exposure and firsthand understanding of the complex issues facing Israel and the region. For more, visit