Project Interchange Committee

Harriet Schleifer and Stuart Ginsberg, 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

  • January 8th Project Interchange event in Chappaqua, featuring Ethan Bronner, NY Times national legal affairs correspondent and former Jerusalem bureau chief. 

Recent Alumni from Westchester:

  • Jose Alvarado of the Westchester Board of Legislators went on a 2004 Latino leaders trip 
  • Assemblyman George Latimer went on a 2005 State Officials trip 
  • The Honorable Jeanine Pirro went on a 1997 National Women Leaders Trip 
  • The Reverend Bonnie Rosborough from Briarcliff Manor -who led a panel discussion at the 2011 Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast and is now head of the Westchester Interreligious Clergy Network – went on a 2008 Protestant Leaders trip  
  • New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins went on a 2005 Civic and Policy Leaders trip 
  • Ken Jenkins, Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, went on a September 2011 African American Leaders trip 
  • New York State Assemblyman Gary Pretlow went on a state elected officials trip in December 2011
     

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