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The Margo and Yoram Cohen Family Israel Engagement Fellowship
Co-hort #7, Spring, 2017 in Montgomery County, MD 

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Calling all college-bound 10th-12th graders:

Apply now for The Margo and Yoram Cohen Family Israel Engagement Fellowship!  

Don’t miss your chance to build leadership skills, strengthen your connection to Israel, connect with fellow teens and add valuable experience to your college application.

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The Fellowship examines the special relationship between the American Jewish community and the State of Israel.

During the eight-part program, participants will learn how to:

  • Explore Israel as a Jewish and democratic state
  • Examine the conflict and differing narratives in the State of Israel
  • Gain advocacy experience, social media skills, and become a savvy consumer of information
  • Evaluate the many ways they can engage with Israel on college campuses and beyond
Participants will benefit from a safe space to ask tough questions, role play complex scenarios they may face on campus, and learn Israel advocacy concepts and resources from dynamic speakers.

For more information, select this link.

QUESTIONS: 
Contact Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath at samantha.vinokor@shalomdc.org or 301-230-7283.
MEETING DATES:
February 15
February 22
March 1
March 8
March 15
March 22
March 29
April 5 closing ceremony at the
Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC

WHEN:
6:00 - 8:00 PM

LOCATION:
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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
February 7, 2017

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
The Fellowship is open to all teens 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.

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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.

About the Israel Engagement Fellowship

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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 be Israel advocates as they move on to college campuses. Participants in the fellowship benefit from a safe space to ask tough questions, role play complex scenarios they may face on campus, and learn Israel advocacy concepts and resources from dynamic speakers.

Participants meet for eight sessions to examine the conflict, learn about differing narratives, strategize new ways to combat BDS, gain advocacy & social media skills, become savvy consumers of information, and evaluate the many ways they can engage with and advocate for Israel.The final session is a celebration honoring the students' achievement which takes place at the Embassy of Israel. At the conclusion of the course, Fellows are able to facilitate discussions about Israel in synagogue classes, youth group meetings, and other community gatherings. Additionally, they have gained the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support Israel in their own way when they attend college in the future.

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IEF participants designing a social media campaign focused on Israel.

As of 2017, nearly 100 college bound students have graduated from the IEF program through six co-horts. Their diverse backgrounds represent every stream of Judaism - Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and more than 35 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.

Apply now for co-hort #7 in Montgomery County in Spring, 2017 & check back soon for information about co-hort #8 in Northern Virginia in Fall, 2017!

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.

  1. Click here to view pictures from co-hort #1.

  2. Click here to view pictures from co-hort #2.

  3. Click here to view pictures from co-hort #3.

  4. Click here to view pictures from co-hort #4 and #5.

  5. Click here to view pictures from co-hourt #6.

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

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