Other Alumni

  • Hope for the Future: A Profile of Dr. Don Wentroth      

    by Jim Fletcher Don Wentroth is exactly the kind of ambassador Israel relishes. An American educator with a true passion for seeing students achieve, he is also a keen observer of both the similarities and differences between the two countries. The retired principal from Bethany High School (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is doing anything but slowing

  • “Like I’d known him for years”      

    Bailey Nicklas hadn’t expected such an exotic trip, at least for awhile. The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania youth learned about a trip sponsored by the America-Israel Friendship League, part of its Youth Ambassador Student Exchange program. He’s thrilled that he did. “I found out about the trip from a geography teacher,” he remembers. “I loved the idea

  • ‘A Woman of Influence’      

    By Jim Fletcher An article written as a follow up piece and profile on our 2017 Influential Women in Leadership Delegation Alumna, Colette Phillips, CEO, Colette Phillips Communications. The article was posted in both the Jerusalem Post and Beliefnet blogs One of the aspects of Israel’s richness as a global, cultural marvel is that the

  • What Israel Means to Me: LaVon Mercer      

    Here’s what the Spelman coach and Israeli basketball legend has to say as we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday. With a heart filled with truth regarding my personal joy about my second home, Israel, I share my why and what from my time living there. Seeing is believing in milk and honey after living in Israel for

  • AIFL Alumni Meet Betzavta      

    For over 40 years, the America-Israel Friendship League has built bonds of friendship between the youth of the United States and Israel through its Youth Ambassador Student Exchange (YASE). ​One such bond was developed between Niv Saar (Tel-Aviv, Israel) and Andres Gonzales (Bronx, New York), Alumni of the AIFL YASE program 2005.  Niv Saar, co-founder

  • From Our Alumni      

    2015 Fall America-Israel Friendship League Update FROM OUR ALUMNI Aaron Hurvitz, AIFL Essay Contest 1998  “Two Nations. One Belief in Freedom” – American and Israeli Youth Discuss Common Values My trip to Israel in 1999 was my first time ever leaving the USA.  I know that for some this may seem trivial, but considering I