|Dorothy and Julius Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations|
Harold Shapiro, Chair
Advisory Council (U.S. and Israel)
Steven Bayme, Director
Founded in 1982, the Dorothy and Julius Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations brings the two communities closer together through research, publications, conferences and people-to-people exchange programs. It enlists the best minds in Israel and America to help each community better understand the needs and concerns of the other, the values and assumptions that dictate their thinking and behavior, and the distinctive contributions each makes to the rich texture of Jewish history.
Through AJC's Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations, the Jerusalem Office conducts an extensive program designed to familiarize Israelis with the nature of the American Jewish community, particularly with American Jewish pluralism, in an effort to foster greater tolerance and pluralism among Jews in Israel. Major components of this program are study trips to the U.S. by educators and other prominent Israelis, and a teaching kit about American Jewry for use in Israeli high schools and other educational facilities.