What is AJC Project Interchange?
AJC Project Interchange (PI) brings invited opinion leaders and policy makers to Israel for a week of intensive travel and learning. Participants experience Israeli society, connect with their Israeli counterparts and learn about Israel—its complexity, vibrancy, challenges, and extensive contributions.
Is it safe to visit Israel?
It is very safe to visit Israel. The safety and security of our participants is our highest priority. Our delegations do not travel to the Gaza Strip. All groups travel on a private bus, accompanied by an expert, licensed tour guide and at least one professional AJC staff member.
What is Project Interchange noted for?
- Bringing influential delegations to Israel since 1982
- Spanning 100+ countries and all 50 United States
- Engaging an alumni network of approximately 6,000 prominent leaders
- Providing diverse narratives and viewpoints
- Inspiring significant impact and tangible partnerships and results
What do participants gain from visiting Israel with Project Interchange?
Project Interchange participants gain direct, in-depth exposure to Israel's diverse population, democratic system of government and complex strategic and societal dilemmas through meetings and interactions with:
- Leading Israeli figures, including top government officials, innovative business and civil society leaders, and world-renown academics
- Senior Arab-Israeli and Palestinian leaders
- Experts on education, immigrant absorption, economic development, rule of law, human rights, and the peace process
- Historic, strategic, and religious site visits
Who does Project Interchange bring to Israel?
Representing numerous spheres of influence across the globe, Project Interchange delegations include:
- Government Officials and Diplomats – Foreign Ministers and Members of Parliament, Ambassadors and Consuls General, Municipal and State Officials
- University Leaders - Presidents and Chancellors, Provosts and Deans, Administrators
- Media and Opinion Leaders – Journalists, Editors and Publishers, Analysts and Commentators
- Civic and Religious Leaders – Civil Society Leaders and Faith-Based Community Leaders
Who funds Project Interchange delegations?
AJC Project Interchange is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)3 organization that relies on the designated generous support of individual donors and foundations. Project Interchange does not accept government support.
How does Project Interchange stay in touch with its alumni?
Lili Kalish Gersch, Director of Alumni Engagement, conducts ongoing alumni programming and outreach. Many alumni have chosen to become further involved with AJC, some developing bilateral academic and cooperation agreements, engaging in business partnerships, writing op-eds or media articles, and speak publicly about their experiences.
This is a beautiful opportunity to learn about Israel’s culture, the people’s reality, and to have a reality-check on what the world hears or sees about this region.
Member of the Lower Chamber of Deputies (Congress), Chile