International Seminars

European Union Officials - May 2017

In coordination with AJC’s Transatlantic Institute, AJC Project Interchange will host a delegation of European Union Officials for an educational seminar in Israel. Participants on this delegation include assistants to Members of the European Parliament from a wide variety of European countries and staff serving in European foreign ministries.

Meetings with high-level government and civil leaders from Israeli society will allow the participants to immerse themselves in several important issues they often assess during their roles in the European Union and European Parliament such as Israeli foreign policy, Palestinian society and the peace process, and high-tech innovation. Participants will have the opportunity to travel to the Northern borders as well as the Southern region via helicopter to gain a first-hand understanding of Israel’s unique security situation and regional challenges. The seminar will also highlight Israel’s vibrant society and culture through a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, and dinners with invited Israeli guests.

UNESCO Ambassadors - March 2017

Project Interchange will sponsor its first delegation to Israel of UNESCO Ambassadors, with high-level briefings and site visits providing the ambassadors a first-hand, deeper understanding of Israel.

Site visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and joint Israel-UNESCO projects will be featured during the seminar. The delegation will participate in important in-depth discussions with Israel’s top political leaders focused on Israeli foreign policy and areas of mutual concern. Specific topics of interest such as technology, higher education, and regional cooperation will be featured, as will Arab-Jewish co-existence programs and interfaith relations.

Sessions and meetings will feature the geopolitical difficulties facing Israel and the region, Israel’s strategic environment, and the diversity and complexity of Israeli society. As with all Project Interchange delegations, meetings with Palestinian Authority (PA) officials and other Palestinian leaders will provide additional insight into life in the PA and the complexities of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Colombian Media & Opinion Leaders - April 2017

AJC Project Interchange, in collaboration with AJC’s Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute of Latino and Latin American Affairs (BILLA), will host its second delegation of Colombian media and opinion leaders to Israel. The delegation includes 11 leaders representing academia and journalism (print, radio, TV and social media). The delegation will meet with a wide range of prominent Israeli thought leaders including journalists, innovators, and government officials.

Participants will visit cities in Northern and Southern Israel to learn about Israel’s geopolitical concerns, as well as experience hands-on Israeli agricultural innovation through meetings with water desalination experts. Sessions throughout the week will also include discussions about Arab-Israeli society, Israel’s foreign policy, humanitarian aid, Palestinian society and the peace process, and visits to historic sites including the Old City of Jerusalem. As with all delegations, this group will travel to the Palestinian Authority to meet with Palestinian opinion leaders. This seminar intends to capitalize on last year’s successes and provide opportunities for dialogue and collaboration, as Colombia is often regarded Israel’s most prominent ally in South America.

International Legal Forum

AJC Project Interchange, in cooperation with the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ), will host a delegation of 12 European prosecutors and judges in Israel. The International Legal Forum will consist of influential professionals and emerging leaders in the legal field across Europe, and will provide training so that professionals in justice systems in Europe can identify and prosecute anti-Semitic incidents in their countries. Countries represented in the delegation include Albania, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.

During the seminar, the delegation will have unfiltered access to Supreme Court justices, top-level legal experts, representatives of the Ministry of Justice, and members of Israel’s Knesset (Parliament). These meetings and panels will provide new professional contacts and references for participants while simultaneously allowing for the sharing of best practices with Israeli counterparts. Meetings will also be arranged with experts in the Palestinian judicial system, Sharia law, and international law.

Additionally, seminar participants will meet with experts on combatting anti-Semitism in cyberspace; developing a working definition of anti-Semitism; and building Israel-Europe relations. Participants will also visit historic, cultural, and religious sites, and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, to gain a deeper understanding of Israeli society and history.

Brazilian Political Leaders - February 2017

A delegation of senior Brazilian political leaders, including Members of the Brazilian Congress, will travel to Israel with AJC Project Interchange for intensive dialogue, briefings and information-sharing with their counterparts.

This is the 4th delegation AJC Project Interchange has organized in partnership with the Federation of Jewish Communities of Brazil (CONIB); the Jewish Federation of São Paulo (FISESP); and the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs.

This educational seminar is intended to provide a comprehensive overview and first-hand understanding of Israeli politics, society, and the complicated realities of the region. While in Israel, participants will be introduced to a wide range of experts, including Israeli government officials, Israel-based Brazilian diplomats, Palestinian leaders, academics, and tech entrepreneurs and innovators.

Topics on the agenda include Israel’s geopolitical strategy and foreign policy, Israeli-Palestinian coexistence initiatives, humanitarian aid programs, high-tech innovation, media reporting in the region, and water technology. The delegation will travel much of Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, as well as a geo-strategic helicopter tour of Israel’s Northern borders and Southern region. Meetings with Palestinian leaders will take place in the Palestinian Authority. The group will also visit Yad Vashem and holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.

German Politicians and Journalists - February 2017

AJC Project Interchange, in coordination with AJC Berlin Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations, is hosting its ninth delegation of German leaders in Israel. The delegation is comprised of high-level political and civil society leaders, including representation from the Foreign Office and Parliament offices, and elite journalists from a number of Germany’s major publications.

Participants will meet with Members of Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), academics from top Israeli and Palestinian institutes, and prominent Israeli, Arab-Israeli, and Palestinian media experts. The delegation will travel throughout Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Israel’s Northern and Southern regions, and Ramallah in the Palestinian Authority.

Briefings will expand the participants’ awareness of Israel’s security environment, media landscape, entrepreneurship and innovation, and promote sharing of best practices in areas such as counter-terrorism, humanitarian aid, and co-existence. Also on the itinerary are visits to historical and religious sites, and discussions about Israeli-Palestinian relations, regional dynamics, and international law. The delegation will be accompanied by AJC Berlin Director Deidre Berger as well as AJC Berlin Public Affairs Officer, Fabian Weissbarth.

UN Ambassadors - December 2016

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon escorted a delegation of ambassadors to the UN on a trip to Israel, organized by AJC Project Interchange and led by Ambassador Aaron Jacob, AJC Director of Diplomatic Affairs, and Myra Clark-Siegel, Director of Communications and Senior Strategic Counsel, AJC Project Interchange.

The delegation of 14 ambassadors from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America marked the fifth time that AJC (American Jewish Committee) brought a group of UN Ambassadors to Israel, and the second time this year the group is led by Ambassador Danon and AJC.

To provide a deeper understanding of the geopolitical and security challenges Israel faces, the ambassadors traveled throughout Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Northern border and Southern region. Visits to hi-tech and agricultural research facilities will demonstrate Israel’s role as a world leader in innovations with global impact.

They met with Israeli officials and academic experts, as well as with Israelis representative of the country’s diverse population. Meetings took place on topics specific to the United Nations 2030 Global Agenda, including special needs, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and food security.

The delegation also traveled to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian government officials and with Palestinian entrepreneurs, to discuss co-existence opportunities, including the new joint Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian Industrial Zone.

Both in Israel and in Ramallah, the ambassadors will discuss with officials current challenges to advancing the peace process.

U.S.-Based Diplomats - December 2016

Project Interchange will sponsor a delegation to Israel of U.S.-based Consuls General, Ambassadors, and other high level diplomats.

This diverse group of diplomats, based in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, represent countries with current and emerging partnerships with Israel, including Azerbaijan, Chile, Lithuania, Macedonia, Myanmar, Philippines, Spain, Uruguay and Vietnam.

High-level briefings and site visits throughout Israel will give participants a first-hand understanding of the geopolitical difficulties facing Israel and the region, an overview of Israel’s strategic environment and the diversity and richness of Israeli society. Meetings with the Palestinian Authority and other Palestinian leaders will provide additional insight into life in the PA and the complexities of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Sessions will also be devoted to Arab-Jewish coexistence efforts, human rights, and international law.

Participants will travel to Israel’s Northern and Southern borders to view life in these regions up close. The delegation will also have important discussions with Members of the Knesset (Parliament), Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, and academic experts focused on the peace process, Israeli foreign policy, and domestic politics. Important site visits will include the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, and the Arab-Jewish Community Center in Jaffa.

German Muslim Civic and Political Leaders, November 2016

In coordination with AJC Berlin Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations, Project Interchange will be hosting a delegation of German Muslim Civic and Political Leaders in Israel. Participants on this seminar include both influential and emerging leaders from a variety of fields including journalism, local politics, and civic organizations.

Throughout this seminar, participants will learn about Israel’s successes and challenges through meetings with top-level experts and informative site visits. Key sessions for this delegation include Israel’s approach to Arab-Israeli coexistence through education; Israel’s national agenda and foreign policy; media coverage in the Middle East; and a meeting with former Ambassador, poet, and historian Reda Mansour to discuss the role of minorities in Israel.

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the geopolitical challenges facing the region by traveling to both Israel’s northern and southern borders. Participants will also visit areas of importance around the country, including the Old City of Jerusalem, the Druze village of Daliyat El-Carmel, and Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.

French Civic Leaders, November 2016

AJC Project Interchange in cooperation with AJC Paris has organized a delegation of French civic leaders to visit Israel. The seminar will highlight the role of minorities in Israel’s civic, political, educational and intellectual life as well efforts to further co-existence. The delegation will meet with key political leaders including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, leadership of the Palestinian Authority, diplomats, and current and former Members of the Knesset (Parliament).

Other sessions will focus on higher education for minorities; Israel’s approach to humanitarian aid; integration, equality and socio-economic gaps in the Israeli Arab sector; and interfaith relations. The itinerary also includes visits to the Old City of Jerusalem, the Palestinian planned city of Rawabi, the Jewish-Arab Community Center of Akko, the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art, and Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.