AJC Project Interchange Delegation of California Student Leaders Visit Israel

January 11th, 2016

Project Interchange U.S.: Myra Clark-Siegel, clarksiegelm@projectinterchange.org
Project Interchange Israel: Avital Leibovich, leibovicha@ajc.org

AJC Project Interchange Delegation of California Student Leaders Visit Israel
Educational seminar will focus on interfaith and intergroup knowledge-sharing and collaborations

December 28, 2015 – (Jerusalem, Israel) – This week in Israel, AJC Project Interchange hosts a delegation of 16 California university students, who are leaders in campus including interfaith/intergroup clubs, student-run newspapers, student council honor societies, and peer-to-peer organizations. The students represent California State University, San Diego State University, University of Southern California, University of California – Berkeley, University of California – Davis, University of California – Irvine, University of California - Los Angeles, University of California - San Diego, and University of California - Santa Cruz.

During their time in Israel, students will gain a nuanced, comprehensive foundation for understanding Israel from a variety of perspectives. Meetings with interfaith leaders and intergroup organizations will enhance their leadership skills and advance knowledge of the dynamics in the region. Sessions throughout the week will focus on Israeli culture, diversity and security concerns, Israel’s geopolitical situation, high-tech innovation, Israeli-Palestinian coexistence programs, and integration of minorities.

As with all Project Interchange delegations, participants will travel throughout Israel, and meet with Israeli Jewish and Arab citizens, and Palestinians. Through this first-hand experience, participants will return to their campuses better equipped to create collaborative initiatives and share their experiences with campus organizations, including student government, ethnic, religious and political groups.

The delegation is in Israel through the generous support of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.

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AJC Project Interchange
For nearly 35 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 projectinterchange.org.