Are you an outstanding high school sophomore, junior, or senior who is interested in Jewish advocacy?

LFT enables young Jewish leaders to develop skills to advocate on behalf of the Jewish people, Israel, and human rights around the world, and to serve as positive change agents for their peers and community. AJC's goal is to ensure that graduates of the program enter college with the knowledge and confidence to engage in ongoing dialogue regarding antisemitism and Israel. Topics covered include past and current Israeli affairs, challenges and opportunities facing global Jewry, and how to utilize strategic networks in advocacy.

Applications for the 2020-2021 LFT cohort are now open! 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through October 2 or when the program is at capacity. Click here to apply.

LFT will consist of high-level, participatory training sessions once a month on Sunday afternoons beginning in Fall 2020. Additionally, the program will include two nationwide sessions with high profile speakers. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, the LFT program is currently scheduled to take place fully via Zoom.

Dates - unless otherwise noted, all sessions begin at 3:30pm Pacific.

  • October 18 - Intro session (45 min)
  • November 15 - Being a Jewish Advocate and Jewish Identity (90 min)
  • December 3 at 3pm - Nationwide Session: Israeli History 101 (60 min)
  • December 13 - Exploring the Many Facets of Zionism (90 min)
  • January 10 - The Israeli Palestinian Conflict and the Road to Peace (90 min)
  • February 7 - Understanding Israel's Contemporary Complexities (90 min)
  • March 21 - Combating Antisemitism (90 min)
  • April 18 - Building your Advocacy Toolkit (90 min)
  • May 9 - Being a Jewish Advocate on Campus/What's Next After LFT? (90 min)
  • May 20  at 3pm - Nationwide Session: "In conversation" with a notable speaker TBA (60 min)
  • May 30 - LFT Graduation (60 min)

"LFT gave me the skills and information I need to be confident in my defense of Israel and the Jewish community" - Rebecca Yasha, LFT 2019

*These dates are subject to change, but we will keep participants informed with as much notice as possible.

**In addition to the sessions, LFT students will be invited to participate in LFT Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. in the Spring of 2021. They will join LFT students from around the country to advocate on behalf of the Jewish people and Israel with senior government officials and policy experts. This is subject to change in response to the ongoing public health crisis.

Questions? Contact Brian Hertz at hertzb@ajc.org

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