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Spring, 2020 Israel Engagement Fellowship


Calling all Maryland 10th - 12th Graders!

Explore the trends on college campus and how Israel fits into broader conversations. Participate in hands on activities, learn the importance of building allies and coalitions to impact change, and gain dialogue skills while practicing active listening. Graduate with the knowledgeexperience, and confidence to engage with and advocate for Israel in a meaningful way on college campus and beyond.

DSC_9080.jpgJoin more than 250 high schoolers in Greater Washington who have participated in the Israel Engagement Fellowship!

Are you a future leader?

Are you looking for a unique addition to your college application?

Are you interested in strengthening your connetion to Israel?

The Israel Engagement Fellowship is just what you are looking for! Alongside friends, participants will explores the special relationship between the American Jewish community and the State of Israel.

During the free eight-part seminar, you will:

  • Gain leadership and conflict resolution skills while learning how to impact change
  • Discover the many facets of Israel and explore the centrality of Israel in Jewish history
  • Examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and learn from differing narratives
  • Develop a uniquely personal Israel story
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B’nai Israel Congregation
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Wednesdays: 1/22, 1/29; 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26; &
6301 Montrose Rd,
Rockville, MD
Beth Sholom Congregation
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Sundays: 1/12, 1/26; 2/2,2/9,
2/23, 3/8; & 3/22
11825 Seven Locks Rd,
Potomac, MD
Congregation Har Shalom
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Sundays: 1/12, 1/26;
2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/8; & 3/22
11510 Falls Rd,
Potomac, MD 
Wednesday, March 11th at
the JCRC
  Date TBD, Spring 2020

   Friday, Jan. 3rd, 2020


    The Fellowship is open to all
    high school students in grades
    10 – 12 regardless of affiliation.
     You do not have to be a
    member of the host synagogue
    to participate at that location.


Created in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
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.
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 301-770-0881so that we may honor your request.

About the Israel Engagement Fellowship

IEF Graduation Ceremony at Israeli Embassy.

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 advocate 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.

IEF participants designing a social media campaign focused on Israel.

As of 2019, more than 250 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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