AJC ACCESS Named One of North America's Most Innovative Jewish Nonprofits

November 27, 2012 – New York – ACCESS, AJC’s new generation program, has been named one of the 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in North America. It is the third consecutive year that Slingshot has honored AJC ACCESS.
‘We are thrilled to be so recognized for all the forward-looking programs ACCESS undertakes that engage both established and emerging young Jewish leaders, not just within AJC, but in the larger organized American Jewish community,” said Alexis Frankel, director of AJC ACCESS.

Founded in 2005, ACCESS facilitates diplomatic and cross-cultural engagement for politically savvy Jews in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. ACCESS demonstrates that the establishment can support and foster growth in its next generation of leaders by treating them with the same level of respect as it does older members.

“Slingshot is a celebration of those Jewish organizations and projects successfully breathing new energy into Jewish life,” said Julie Finkelstein, Slingshot’s program director. The 50 finalists for Slingshot ’12-’13 were chosen based on their strengths in four areas: innovation, impact, leadership and organizational efficiency. “This year, we received more applications than ever before, making the evaluation and selection process highly competitive,” said Finkelstein.

ACCESS differs from the vast array of young leadership programs of both new and established organizations in four main ways: it respects the fact that ACCESS leaders want to set their own agendas that may not be identical to those of their parents, it has not been formed as a fundraising mechanism, it does not put participants in a “kid’s table” holding pattern, and it works to build a community of diverse opinions.
ACCESS is an international project with groups in Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Washington, DC and Israel.  It continues to push the envelope in creative program development and implementation, most recently with its new Strategy Game, Strategic Crossroads, which presents Israel’s geopolitical challenges in an interactive, experiential and open-ended manner, as opposed to a more traditional top-down, sometimes heavy-handed approach.

For more information about global ACCESS opportunities and local programs, visit ajc.org/access or contact Alexis Frankel at frankela@ajc.org.
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