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.

Virtual Kick-off Sessions Feature:

  • Meetings with Israel Policy Forum’s professional and lay leadership
  • Briefings with experts on the region and two-state solution
  • Intimate meetings with diplomats
  • Leadership development and organizing workshops

Charles Bronfman Conveners gain the necessary background, skills, and resources to elevate and shape the discourse with their networks and home cities.

2020 APPLICATION OPEN

2018 CONVENER PROJECT SPOTLIGHTS:

Using Israel Policy Forum resources to understand current events in the Middle East, Adina Wollner is leading a discussion group series for Bay Area young professionals with a particular focus on ways that the San Francisco community can support work being done by Israelis and Palestinians on-the-ground.
Brianna Goodlin recently 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 leading an eight-session series for a diverse cohort of Chicago young professionals.
MEET THE 2018 COHORT OF CHARLES BRONFMAN CONVENERSMEET THE 2019 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 virtual educational training program. 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 2019 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, informational sessions on the two-state solution with campus leaders, individual meetings with local Progressive elected officials, and many more.

How has COVID-19 affected this year’s Conveners program?

The COVID-19 pandemic and related uncertainties surrounding in-person gatherings is affecting the 2020 Conveners program in two ways. Instead of our previous model of kicking off the cohort experience with a summit in New York and Washington in the Fall, this year’s program will feature virtual activities throughout the final months of 2020 with special keynote programs scheduled for November 15 and 16. In addition, given the emphasis on online learning and connecting, convening these sessions digitally will allow for greater exposure and engagement for the 2020 cohort with prominent individuals from around the global. An in-person gathering for the Convener cohort will be announced for 2021 once it is deemed safe and responsible to do so.

The second way the pandemic is affecting the Conveners program – and IPF Atid’s work more broadly – will be reflected in the cohort’s added exposure to digital organizing and programming skills.

How much does the summit cost?

The program is highly subsidized in honor of Charles Bronfman’s lifelong commitment to the two-state solution. After a nominal participation fee, there is no cost associated with the program.

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 2019. Graduate students are encouraged to apply. 

Is the summit Shabbat-friendly?

Yes, the sessions will not take place during Shabbat. 

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