Project Interchange Committee

Harriet Schleifer and Geri Krauss, Co-Chairs

Mission:  One very important piece of AJC’s “Global Jewish Advocacy” work is Israel.  A secure Israel is a critical element for a secure Jewish people.  Project Interchange is an AJC educational Institute that brings to life the concept that when it comes to understanding Israel, there is no substitute for first-hand experience.  Since 1982, Project Interchange has brought more than 5,500 military, civic, religious, media, business, high-tech, and university leaders from some 65 countries to Israel.  Participants spend one week with their professional counterparts as well as with Arab Israelis and Palestinians. This results in a broad exposure to the complex issues facing Israel and  a chance for all to form bonds.

The AJC Westchester Project Interchange Committee will be responsible for:

  1. Fundraising – help identify and cultivate new donors to Project Interchange.  This can include planning parlor meetings to educate the community
  2. Programming – plan programs to educate the community about Project Interchange and showcase regional alumni of the programs
  3. Alumni Programming – plan special alumni events to continue to engage the Project Interchange alumni and to encourage them to share what they have learned with others.
  4. Recruitment – help identify and recruit leaders in Westchester to go on Project Interchange trips.  This may include developing a special Westchester trip in coordination with other AJC Westchester Committees

Recent Activities

  • December 2013 Parlor Meeting featuring Cyprus Consul General Koula Sophianou.
  • Project Interchange event in Chappaqua, featuring Ethan Bronner, NY Times national legal affairs correspondent and former Jerusalem bureau chief. 

Recent Alumni from Westchester:

  • Dr. Jerrilynn Dodds, Dean of the College, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Jose Alvarado of the Westchester Board of Legislators
  • Assemblyman George Latimer
  • The Honorable Jeanine Pirro  
  • The Reverend Bonnie Rosborough from Briarcliff Manor
  • New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
  • Ken Jenkins, Former Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators 
  • New York State Assemblyman Gary Pretlow 
  • Fr. Wil Tyrrell, Director of the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice at Manhattanville College.
     

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