Earlier this week, Israel Policy Forum’s newest cohort of young professional leaders completed the second Charles Bronfman IPF Atid Conveners Summit in New York and Washington. These twenty-five millennials return to their home communities across North America to develop and spearhead new programs, partnerships, and other innovative projects to further the two-state solution.

The rigorous four-day summit featured skill-building workshops and interactive discussions with ambassadors and a former prime minister, Jewish communal figures, members of the media, and other thought and cultural leaders. Conveners specifically had the opportunity to learn and engage with Batya Ungar-Sargon (The Forward) about today’s political discourse, Ambassador Martin Indyk (Council on Foreign Relations) and Tamara Cofman Wittes (Brookings) on American policy towards the Middle East, and Israel Policy Forum senior staff David Halperin and Michael Koplow on challenges and opportunities facing the two-state solution.

“United by their support for a Jewish, democratic, secure Israel,” director of IPF Atid Adam Basciano said, “this diverse group demonstrated how to engage and learn from others across differences. Their vision for a healthier discourse and better environment for peace will continue to help guide our work.”

For the second year in a row, Conveners closed the summit with an off-the-record meeting with Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer. The group enjoyed a productive conversation that spanned issues relating to Israel’s security, U.S.-Israel relations, and the two-state solution.

Israel Policy Forum established the Bronfman Conveners program to honor its Advisory Council Chair, Charles Bronfman, and his lifetime commitment to Israel. The program is designed to empower the next generation of Jewish community leaders with the resources and support to advance the vision of a Jewish, democratic, secure Israel. IPF Atid, the young professionals network of Israel Policy Forum, has chapters in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Click here to meet the 2019 Conveners.

Highlights from the 2018 Cohort

Eli Cohn-Postell organized two communal leadership panels with Israel Policy Forum analysts, in partnership with local synagogues and the JCRC of Greater Boston. The panels centered around new policy reports on the Gaza Strip and post-elections analysis.

Brianna Goodlin organized an intimate, five-part discussion group series for Chicago young professionals to discuss topics related to Zionism and Israel. As part of the Women, Peace & Security working group, she also hosted a meeting for Chicago activists with a representative from Women Wage Peace.

Shelley Greenspan brought a group of 12 new Atidniks to the “Oslo” Broadway play in Washington, DC. The group met for drinks and conversation prior.

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs incorporated Israel Policy Forum speakers and content into the Maine Conference for Small Town Jewish Life. As an event cosponsor, Israel Policy Forum staff led two conference sessions and helped provide the conference’s keynote speaker.

Yaniv Shmukler and Adam Moscoe (separately) planned tours for Israel Policy Forum senior staff David Halperin and Michael Koplow in their home communities of Indianapolis and Ottawa. David and Michael each spoke on elections, annexation, and the two-state solution. The tours included large public programs at local JCC’s, campus events, and meetings with faith and community leaders from across the political spectrum.

The 2018 Charles Bronfman IPF Atid Conveners remain actively engaged with Israel Policy Forum and their cohort network. The above highlights represent a sampling of cohort activities, as Convener projects were also launched in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere.