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High Schoolers are invited to take part in the
Spring, 2018, Maryland & DC cohort of the prestigious
Israel Engagement Fellowship!

306-JCRC.jpgJoin more than 150 high schoolers in Greater Washington who have participated in the Israel Engagement Fellowship!

Explore the trends on college campus and how Israel fits into broader conversations.

Alongside friends, participants in the Israel Engagement Fellowship will explore the centrality of Israel in Jewish history, discover the many facets of Israel, examine the Israeli-Arab conflict, learn from differing narratives, and develop a uniquely personal Israel story. 

Fellows will participate in hands on activities learning how to design and execute a campaign, the importance of building allies and coalitions to impact change, and will gain dialogue skills while practicing active listening. They will graduate with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to engage with and advocate for Israel in a meaningful way on college campus and beyond.

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Contact Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath at or 301-230-7283.

    January 24
    January 31
    February 7
    February 14
    February 21
    March 7
    March 14
    March 21 closing ceremony at the
      Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC

    6:00 - 8:00 PM

    The Jewish Federation of 
    Greater Washington 
    Abraham S. & Minnie Kay
    Conference Center
    6101 Executive Blvd.,
    North Bethesda, 20852

Kosher dinner will be provided at meetings.

    January 12, 2018


    The Fellowship is open to all
    high school students in grades
    10 – 12 regardless of affiliation.


The program is funded by a generous contribution from The Margo and Yoram Cohen Family,  the Jewish Community Relations Council, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the JCRC welcome the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations. Building an inclusive community is a Federation priority. We strive to accommodate all needs whenever possible; advance notice is required. Please contact us at 301-230-7200, and we will make every effort to meet your needs.

Photographs will be taken at this event, and your picture may appear on our website or in other publications. If you do not want your image to appear, please contact us at 301-230-7200 so that we may honor your request.

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About the Israel Engagement Fellowship

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The goal of the Israel Engagement Fellowship is to ensure that Greater Washington area high school students are connecting with Israel in an authentic way, receiving Israel education, and learning how to engage with and advocat for Israel in a way that makes sense for them as they move on to college campuses. Participants in the fellowship benefit from a space to ask tough questions, role play complex scenarios they may face on campus, and learn relational advocacy concepts and resources from dynamic speakers.

Participants meet for eight sessions participating in hands on activities learning how to design and execute a campaign, the importance of building allies and coalitions to impact change, and will gain dialogue skills while practicing active listening. The final session is a celebration honoring the students' achievement which takes place at the Embassy of Israel. At the conclusion of the course will graduate with the knowledgeexperience, and confidence to engage with and advocate for Israel in a meaningful way on college campus and beyond.

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As of 2018, more than 150 college bound students have graduated from the IEF program through 8 co-horts. Their diverse backgrounds represent every stream of Judaism - Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist - and more than 44 different area high schools. Each of the fellows has walked away from the course with a deeper appreciation for the unique relationship that American Jews have with a place as special and significant to our people as Israel.

Learn more about the impact the IEF has had on the graduates by reading a speech given by IEF alumna Sarah Sachar: Advocating for Israel in the Next Generation.

This program is free and funded by a generous contribution from the Margo and Yoram Cohen Family, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

For more information about the program or to inquire about applying, please contact the Israel Action Center.

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