SAVE THE DATE | Partners For Democracy Awards Gala | November 7, 2022

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For more than 50 years, we have pioneered an everlasting bond between the people of the United States and Israel.

After half a century, the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) still operates like a new and nimble startup. While we remain true to our long-time mission of “making friends for Israel”, we constantly pivot and adjust to the changing times.

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cumulative viewers of AIFL webinars in 2021

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unique AIFL webinars through March 2022

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growth in AIFL constituents and donors through March 2022

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Celebrating 50+ Years of Impact

Beyond making friends, our mission is to increase Americans’ understanding of the contemporary Israel story – its entrepreneurship, culture, medical research, environmental protection initiatives, and so much more. This is a story unknown to most Americans, because the media usually presents Israel principally through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Broadening that lens is critical to building greater appreciation and support for Israel.

PARTNERS FOR DEMOCRACY HONOREES PAST & PRESENT

President George W. Bush
2021 Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

President Reuven Rivlin
2021 Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

NASDAQ
2021 Kenneth J. Bialkin Award Honoree

TASE
2021 Kenneth J. Bialkin Award Honoree

Vice President HUBERT HUMPHREY
2021 Herbert Tenzer Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Congressman Herbert Tenzer
2021 Herbert Tenzer Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Lally Graham Weymouth
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Shari Arison
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Henry Kissinger
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Morris Kahn
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Dr. Stanley Fischer
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Lilach Asher-Topilsky
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

President George W. Bush
2021 Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

President Reuven Rivlin
2021 Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

NASDAQ
2021 Kenneth J. Bialkin Award Honoree

TASE
2021 Kenneth J. Bialkin Award Honoree

Vice President HUBERT HUMPHREY
2021 Herbert Tenzer Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Congressman Herbert Tenzer
2021 Herbert Tenzer Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Lally Graham Weymouth
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Shari Arison
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Henry Kissinger
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Morris Kahn
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Dr. Stanley Fischer
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

Lilach Asher-Topilsky
Partners for Democracy Award Honoree

UPCOMING EVENTS

What’s Happening?

Blurred Lines – Art & Craft or Craft in Art?

Join Israeli artist and lecturer Gabriela Vainsencher for a gallery tour of some of the most beautiful and fascinating shows on view in the New York City art world. We will look at sculpture, video, and even contemporary mosaic, as Gabriela introduces us to the artists behind the works.

This tour focuses on the recent exhibitions by Rose Nestler, Cameron Welch, and Kathy Butterly. These three artists work at the nexus of art and craft, a direction that has gained huge momentum in the art world in recent years. Their work includes great mastery of each of their respective crafts, while pushing it in new directions.

During our discussion we will learn about:
• What is art and craft in art;
• How contemporary art has blurred the boundaries between art and craft and;
• Three artists at the epicenter of this new direction in the world of art.

Streamed live, the program will feature:

Gabriela Vainsencher
Artist & Lecturer

Wayne Firestone
Executive Director
America-Israel Friendship League

Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL’s Facebook page.

May 18 @ 12:00 EST

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A Medical Miracle in the Negev

Join us for an awe-inspiring story of one-year old twin girls, previously cranially conjoined, and the marriage of modern medicine and technological innovation that helped to successfully separate them. 

We will learn more about the Soroka Medical team that supported the parents prior to the diagnosis during the mother’s pre-, peri- and post-natal care. We will hear from lead surgeons Dr. Mickey Gideon, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Soroka and Dr. David Steffenberg, Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone about the collaboration of the international medical team that undertook this monumental and extraordinarily complex 12-hour surgery. 

During the webinar we will hear about:

  • The importance of Soroka University Medical Center to the residents of the Negev region;
  • The rarity of the medical phenomenon of craniopagus twins;
  • The enabling technology, including how 3-D modeling and virtual reality were implemented;
  • The tremendous accomplishment felt by the dozens of collaborating medical team members

Streamed live, the program will feature:

Rachel Heisler Sheinfeld
Executive Director
American Friends of Soroka Medical Center 

Dr. Micky Gideon
Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Soroka Medical Center 

Dr. David Staffenberg
Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery
NYU Langone 

Moderator:

Wayne Firestone
Webinar Host
America-Israel Friendship League

Please share with your friends and family and register on Zoom or watch live on AIFL’s Facebook page.

May 22 @ 12:00 EST

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IDF Briefing – Multi Arena General Strategic Assessment

Stay tuned for more details coming here soon.

May 29 @ 12:00 EST

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AIFL Newsletters

Edition #Edition #42 | 01/19/22

AIFL New Year Highlights

Happy New Year! 2021 is behind us, and 2022 lies ahead.  We have much hope, mixed with trepidation.   AIFL closed out 2021 with much fanfare, as we celebrated our 50-year anniversary. . .

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Edition #Edition #41 | 12/02/21

One Month Left In AIFL’s 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Wednesday, November 17 was a remarkable day. We spent the morning at NASDAQ headquarters in Manhattan observing the annual Israel Day with leaders of New York-based Israeli startups . . .

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Edition #Edition #40 | 11/24/21

50 & Beyond– Todah And Thanks

What an incredible week in NYC. We were thrilled to welcome hundreds of our America-Israel Friendship League leaders, partners, and constituents from across the United States and Israel. . .

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Edition #Edition #39 | 11/22/21

Thank You For A Spectacular 50th Anniversary Partners For Democracy Awards Gala!

Wow. What an incredible week in NYC. We were thrilled to welcome hundreds of our America-Israel Friendship League leaders, partners, and constituents from across the United States and Israel to The Plaza Hotel in New York City last Wednesday …

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AIFL partners with organizations throughout Israel and the United States on a broad array of topics that reflect the robust civil societies of both countries. This legacy has continued with the eAIFL webinar series, which connects innovative individuals and groups in unique programs that help leverage new audiences.