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The IAI builds grassroots support for Israel. Launched jointly by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the IAI works with more than 150 communities to enhance the capacity of Jewish Community Relations Councils and Federations to meet local Israel advocacy challenges within a nationally coordinated and strategic framework.

Our system is already making a difference – educating and training Israel advocates, introducing non-Jewish influentials to Israel, responding to anti-Israel propaganda and media mischaracterizations, and preparing the next generation of Jewish leaders to make Israel’s case on campus.

Specifically in 2009-2010, the IAI worked tirelessly to devise advocacy strategies to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, counter the intensifying global campaign to delegitimize Israel, and interpret developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to community leaders.  Although we hope and pray for a day when this advocacy is no longer needed and Israel is finally at peace, the increasing sophistication of Israel’s detractors demands that we keep the U.S. – Israel relationship strong.

• Builds support for Israel and for a vibrant US-Israel relationship
• Develops resources necessary for successful Israel advocacy
• Trains Jewish professionals, volunteers, high school and college students to effectively educate and reach out to their non-Jewish peers
• Enables our community to respond quickly and effectively to challenges posed
• Exposes non-Jewish influentials to the complexities of modern Israel

• Thousands of activists trained
• More than 100 communities served
• Israel divestment efforts thwarted in communities, churches, and on campuses throughout the country
• Nearly 100 key non-Jewish influentials shown the complexities of Israel firsthand
• Dozens of innovative programs funded through awarded Microgrants