An immersive training and cohort experience for North American young professionals to engage with and advocate for Israel Policy Forum’s mission, content, and work ahead in advancing informed discourses towards a viable two-state solution.

Kick-off Summit (October 30-November 2) in New York and Washington, D.C. Feature:

  • Meetings with Israel Policy Forum’s professional and lay leadership
  • Briefings with experts on the two-state solution and broader Middle East
  • Intimate meetings with diplomats and elected officials

Charles Bronfman Conveners gain the necessary background, skills, and resources to elevate and shape the discourse with their networks and home cities. Apply at ipf.li/summit

Meet the 2020 IPF Atid Charles Bronfman Conveners

CONVENER PROJECT SPOTLIGHTS:

Brianna Goodlin led a session on Israeli-Palestinian affairs with ZBT fraternity leaders at their annual conference in Chicago. The group focused on issues such as settlements and the Palestinian Authority, as well the means for campus leaders to articulate their viewpoints in productive and non-alienating ways. Goodlin is also curating and led an eight-part discussion series for a diverse cohort of Chicago young professionals.
MEET THE 2018 COHORT OF CHARLES BRONFMAN CONVENERS
Jonah Naghi of Boston shaped the discourse on our issue by writing nearly a dozen op-eds about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which cited Israel Policy Forum reports, and were published in national publications including the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel. Jonah also serves as the Vice Chair of IPF Atid Boston, where he has organized and facilitated countless events, including a roundtable discussion with Mohammad Darawshe, a prominent political analyst and expert on Arab-Jewish relations in Israel.
MEET THE 2019 COHORT OF CHARLES BRONFMAN CONVENERS
Rachel Nelson used our Israel Policy Forum’s new Israel 360º virtual tour platform to educate the JCRC Israel Advocacy Committee in Portland, Oregon with a six-part series on recent developments in East Jerusalem. Led by Israel Policy Forum Executive Director David Halperin, this virtual tour gave participants a keen understanding of the situation on the ground in Jerusalem and the West Bank, during a time when travel to the region was halted.
MEET THE 2020 COHORT OF CHARLES BRONFMAN CONVENERS

Who can apply?

Young professionals (ages 21-39) from across North America are encouraged to apply.

Do I need to already be involved with Israel Policy Forum and IPF Atid to be considered?

No, applicants with varying degrees of involvement will be selected to participate. Participants will be selected from across North America, including from (but not limited to) existing IPF Atid chapters in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

What does it mean to be a Charles Bronfman Convener?

Participants are selected through an application process to attend a four-day educational training program in New York and Washington, DC. Participants will emerge with an increased fluency of the two-state solution and of their access to relevant Israel Policy Forum resources to support dialogues and programs in their communities. 

In the year following the kick-off sessions, the 25 Conveners will translate their training into action. Working with Israel Policy Forum’s professional team and national network of lay leaders, participants will identify opportunities to strategically engage their networks and affiliations. The cohort of leaders will also brainstorm and spearhead their own initiatives to advance our shared vision. 

What type of projects are the current 2020 Charles Bronfman Conveners engaged in?

Conveners are leading a variety of projects that range both in local and national scale, private and public settings, and across different target communities. Examples include intimate conversations with Consul Generals, educational programs on the two-state solution with campus leaders, individual meetings with local elected officials across the political spectrum, and briefings on current events in Israel for synagogues. There is a lot of room for creative ideas from conveners to be brought to life through this program, with support from our staff.

How much does the summit cost?

The program is highly subsidized in honor of Charles Bronfman’s lifelong commitment to the two-state solution. There is no cost associated with the program. However, we ask that participants help support IPF Atid with a minimum contribution of $100. 

How and why was this summit created?

In November 2017, Israel Policy Forum recognized its Advisory Council Chairman Charles Bronfman for his leadership in the community with an event in New York and an honorary gift to inspire next generation support for Israel and the two-state solution. Recognizing that extreme polarization currently characterizes the communal dialogue on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this program strives to further elevate the discourse by educating and empowering current leaders to utilize IPF’s resources in their local communities. Bronfman Conveners will have the opportunity to meet and discuss these issues with Charles Bronfman.

Are students able to apply?

The summit and program is intended for young professionals who have completed their undergraduate studies as of October 2021. Graduate students are encouraged to apply. 

Is the summit Shabbat-friendly?

Yes, the sessions will not take place during Shabbat.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted this program?

Due to social distancing requirements, last year’s summit was entirely virtual. This year, we are excited to plan for an in-person summit that will abide by federal and local guidelines. We are only accepting individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be flexible in shifting our plans if needed for safety precautions.

RETURN TO IPF ATID HOMEPAGE HERE

Watch: IPF Atid At One Year