PI Alumni Update

Alumni Newsletter — July 2016

Dear Project Interchange Alumni,

Have we met? I’m always interested in getting to know our alumni. If you are coming through Washington, DC in the next year, please reach out! I’d love to take you to coffee and hear about your Project Interchange experience.

Have you checked out our private alumni Facebook group yet? Over 160 alumni have already joined and are sharing photos, articles, videos and more. Join the group today!

Lili Kalish Gersch
Director of Alumni Engagement

Learn with PI: Israel Unwrapped

A Discussion on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) for University Leaders
Featuring Dr. Amichai Magen
August 24, 2016 at 3 pm ET

Are you a university administrator or student leader? If so, you may have encountered anti-Israel BDS activity on your campus, but may not be sure how to respond. Don’t miss this special conversation on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) with Dr. Amichai Magen. Dr. Magen will lead us in an in-depth discussion on this important campus issue and offer guidance on how best to guard against the growth of anti-Semitism on your campus while upholding and protecting academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas.

This call is open and exclusive to PI alumni.

Frequent and popular PI speaker Amichai Magen is a senior lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzilya and a visiting professor at the Stanford University, where he received his Ph. D in the Science of Law.

Call-In Information:
U.S. (Toll Free): 888-539-3694
International (Toll): 719-955-1569 (country-specific toll-free available upon request)
Passcode: 649079

Spotlight on Seminar Recruitment

Be a PI ambassador! You are invited to recommend participants for upcoming seminars. We are always looking for individuals who are:

  • Influencers and leaders within their professions and communities (see our primary cohorts)
  • Identified as having the potential for future impact in their professional circles and public networks
  • Able to commit to participation in the full program and do not have recent travel/work experience in Israel
  • Interested in experiencing an intensive first-hand introduction to Israel from speakers with diverse backgrounds; and
  • Interested in expanding connections and collaboration with organizations and businesses in Israel.
  • If you know someone who fits these criteria, please fill out a nomination form.

    Culture Corner

    Archaeology in Israel

    There are many important archaeological sites in Israel, and archaeologists continue to make amazing discoveries about ancient Biblical cities–for example, did you know that Bethlehem was thriving over 4,200 years ago?

  • The Israel Antiquities Authority ensures the protection of over 20,000 antiquities sites in Israel.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls, one of Israel’s most significant archaeological discoveries, include some of the oldest surviving manuscripts of Biblical books. Learn more and see the scrolls online!
  • Archaeological digs are always looking for short- and long-term volunteers. Find out how you can join a dig.
  • Israeli newspapers can help you stay up-to-date on Israel’s latest archaeological finds!
  • Alumni News

    Articles at the Conventions
    Four alumni–Senator Judson Hill (2011), Sampat Shivangi (2005), Ira Forman (2005) and Congressman Eliot Engel (1989)–are speaking at AJC discussions during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this summer.

    A Cultural Phenomenon
    Elio Kapszuk (Argentine Opinion Leaders 2015) produced a music video featuring 100 renowned Argentinean singers and songwriters calling for justice that has already been viewed over a half million times on YouTube.

    Global Leadership
    Congratulations to Syed Nazakat (Indian Opinion Leaders 2016), who was elected to the Board of Directors of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, where he will represent the Asia Pacific region.

    Israel News Briefing

    Newsweek: What was Bibi doing in Africa?
    Times of Israel: No harm, no fowl: Startup to grow chickenless chicken

    This Month in Israeli History

    Operation Entebbe
    On July 4, 1976, Israeli Defense Force commandos carried out a counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, led by Lt. Col Yonatan Netanyahu, who was killed during the rescue (and was the brother of Israel’s current Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu). The operation, which took a week to plan and 90 minutes to execute, saved 102 hostages. Two weeks ago, exactly forty years later, PM Netanyahu visited Entebbe and laid the groundwork for strengthened relations between Israel and sub-Saharan Africa. Watch a documentary or feature film on this dramatic rescue.


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