A Message From the Steering Committee


(February 2019)

Chicago is fortunate to have a vibrant, passionate, and engaged Jewish community with plenty of opportunities for young professionals like myself to get involved. In the past year and a half, we have focused on finding the right fit and positioning for our new Israel-focused community of IPF Atid.

Through our work in advancing a viable two-state vision and fostering an elevated discourse on Israel, I’m very pleased to share that we have found success in the following ways:

  • Interactive Programming: More than just lectures, our programs are known for their interactive and inclusive conversations, allowing young professionals the rare opportunity to speak directly with policymakers and each other.

  • A Truly Wide Tent: Since the onset, our leadership and wider community of Atidniks come from not only different parts of the Jewish community, but also from varying political affiliations, faith communities, and foreign policy circles.

  • Partnerships: We cannot do this work alone- and we don’t need to! We have made deep inroads within Chicago’s young professional community, including collaborations with local synagogues like Anshe Emet and partnerships with other groups like ADL, Commanders for Israel’s Security, and OneVoice.

Building off of these accomplishments, we have exciting plans ahead for this year. Our primary goal is to continue growing our presence in Chicago within both Jewish and non-Jewish communities, as well as with our city’s diplomatic and political officials. To achieve this, IPF Atid leaders are sharing Israel Policy Forum’s new policy resources, including reports focused on advancing a new approach in Gaza, a comprehensive study designed to counter West Bank annexation, and the #120Project that explores the Israeli elections. We are also convening festive Shabbat dinners  to spur dialogues through the IPF Atid X OneTable 2019 partnership.

In addition, IPF Atid Chicago is always interested in hearing more from those in our community as we continue to build new partnerships. I invite you to be in touch (email: atid@ipforum.org) if you’re interested in becoming more involved or simply want to grab coffee with a member of the steering committee!

Ben Tannenbaum
IPF Atid Chicago Steering Committee


upcoming events


september, 2019

05sep7:30 pm9:00 pmAcross the Divide: Examining the Past, Present, and Future of Israel Engagement7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Selig Center, 1440 Spring Street NW

16sep6:00 pm7:30 pmThe Viability of the Two-State Solution, From the Ground Up (Indianapolis)6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Arthur M. Glick JCC Laikin Auditorium

19sep6:30 pm8:30 pmElections in Israel: What Happened & What's Next (Chicago)6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W Delaware Place

19sep7:00 pm9:00 pmElections in Israel: What Happened & What's Next (NYC)7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave

19sep7:00 pm9:00 pmElections in Israel: What Happened & What's Next (Washington)7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16 St NW

23sep7:00 pm9:00 pmElections in Israel: What Happened & What's Next (LA)7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST Temple Beth Am, 1039 S La Cienega Blvd

23sep7:00 pm9:00 pmElections in Israel: What Happened & What's Next (Boston)7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST Congregation Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St



Steering Committee Leadership


Jonathan Kamel, Chair

Chelsea Andrews

Melissa Dworkin

Jonathan Goldthwaite

Brianna Goodlin

Ben Gould

Jeremy Leon

Benjamin Levine

Hayley Levitan

Kay Lodge

Kyle Sussman

Ben Tannenbaum