- Syed Zishan Haider, Indian Muslim Delegation
- Rev. Will Tyrell, Christian Clergy
- Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman, State Elected Officials
- Meghan Sims, Campus Media Seminar
- Vehbi Bajrami, American Muslim Leaders
- Lonnie Bunch, Leadership of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu, Pacific Islanders Seminar
- Grenada Minister of Foreign Affairs Karl Hood, Caribbean Foreign Ministers
- Dr. David Skorton, Cornell University, University Presidents
- Yiyi Chen, Chinese Academic Leaders
- Wade Henderson, Civil Rights Leaders
- Klaus Botzet, German Civic and Policy Leaders
- Chief Russell Hamill, US Counterterrorism
- Aske Denning, Scandinavian Students of Journalism
- Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, Civil Rights Leaders
My attitude [towards Israel] was completely negative but nowhas changed a lot after meeting and interacting with theJewish people.
The many voices that I heard from were articulate and honest presentations of the lived reality of Israelis - Jews and Arabs, Muslim, Christian and Druze.
Project Interchange is the single greatest educational experience of my career and my life. It validated my beliefs that Israel’s existence and leadership is vital to obtaining peace in the Middle East.
The seminar humanized these issues in a way no research, college course, or newspaper piece could have, and it clarified for me exactly how complex the issues at stake in this region really are.
[The seminar experience] will help to improve the vision of the newspaper that I run on Israel and Middle Eastern issues, and I intend to write a series of stories on this trip.
Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
The museums of Israel were quite important in helping to shape our thinking about the newest Smithsonian museum. Yad Vashem taught me about the need and challenge of humanizing great tragedy.
The program, true to its aims, did build bridges of understanding, at all different levels.
As a Minister of Government, the seminar has opened my eyes to the problems faced here [in Israel] and will help me to interact more meaningfully in decision-making regarding the region.
The range of successes, opportunities, and seemingly intractable issues we have experienced during the first 72 hours of our Project Interchange U.S. presidents’ travel seminar in Israel is staggering. Each scene reflects the realities of what was proudly described to us as a ‘modern, Western, Middle Eastern, democratic, Jewish state’ of 7.5 million people, smaller in area than the state of New Jersey.
I’m quite impressed by the frank insight into Israel and the Middle East that we do not normally get through the global media.
President, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
As an American civil rights leader, seeing the complexities of Israel firsthand provided a direct learning experience for me and my American colleagues. I can’t imagine a better or more thoughtful introduction to Israel than what I encountered with Project Interchange!
Head of the USA and Canada Division, German Federal Foreign Office
The seminar has tripled my knowledge about Israel, the peace process, and the political dilemmas and constraints. I will use this knowledge in my work as a diplomat in many ways.
Montgomery County, Maryland Police Department
Many police executives go to the FBI National Academy and consider that the best law enforcement experience of their life - well this week is up there with that.
Graduate Student of Journalism, Danish School of Media and Journalism
I have a better understanding of how to write balanced journalism on Israel/Palestine issues.
President, Interfaith Alliance
My trip to Israel sponsored by Project Interchange erased stereotypes, challenged prejudices, created new friendships,… introduced new realities, disturbed my desire for simplicity, increased my appreciation for the power of religion, … evoked prayers for peace, and made me want to journey to Israel again.
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