Events

12:00 pm
Tallahassee, FL - Parlor Meeting

Dear Friends, We hope you are doing well. We are delighted to be hosting a virtual parlor meeting featuring the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL). You can learn more about AIFL, its story history, and its rich current activities at www.aifl.org and across Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Also, please view this short clip from AIFL’s exciting offering of diverse webinar activities over the past two weeks: https://youtu.be/feWpKZv8Sx4 THURSDAY, Oct 7, 12 – 1 PM ET Please join us for this virtual parlor meeting at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83721009257 Meeting ID: 837 2100 9257 To join by phone, call 301 - 715 - 8592 or 646 - 876 - 9923 Find your local number here: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keDCNxbhvpv We will be joined by: Naomi Reinharz, Chief Development Officer of AIFL Wayne Firestone, Executive Director of AIFL Host: Tallahassee Jewish Federation Speaker: Reuven Solomon, Master Tour Guide Reuven Solomon has been a professional tour guide in Israel for more than 25 years. Reuven is a long-time friend of AIFL who has accompanied many AIFL delegations to Israel, and for the last year and a half has been taking AIFL viewers on virtual tours throughout Israel. In this parlor meeting, he will share photos, maps and stories highlighting three locations in Israel. He will guide us virtually through a historic journey of Jerusalem, take us on a modern-day walk-through Tel Aviv, and lastly, showcase a beach locale that is perfect for a vacation. He will guide us virtually and explore the connection between the three locations. There will be a short video as well as time for mingling at the start and end of the event. Please RSVP to: Gal Zohar 347-791-6674 or events@aifl.org We look forward to seeing you all virtually on Oct 7.

12:00 pm
Charleston, SC - Parlor Meeting

You are invited to join us for a book discussion hosted by America-Israel Friendship League I am delighted to invite you to join me and others from the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) for what promises to be a special online visit with Israeli author (and Charleston SC native) Lori Kaufman, who will discuss her historical novel Rebel Daughter. Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET / 7:00 – 8:00 pm Israel Hosts: Naomi Reinharz, Chief Development Officer, AIFL Lori Banov Kaufmann, Author Leah Chase, AIFL Member We invite you to time travel with AIFL through the lens of Rebel Daughter to an event that changed the course of human history: the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple. This historical novel is a thrilling saga of family, faith, and forbidden love that blends the fascinating story of the Jewish People with a timeless protagonist determined to take charge of her own life against all odds. I became involved with AIFL last year, and it is a wonderful and worthy organization to get to know. Please learn more about AIFL at www.aifl.org and across all social media. Rebel Daughter is available on Amazon, and we hope you have an opportunity to read it before our meeting. If not, please feel free to join us for a lively discussion. There will be time for discussion, Q&A, and schmoozing at the start and end of the event. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you all virtually on October 10! Please RSVP by 09/12/2021 to me at 843.830.6049 or leahlfc@gmail.com Leah Chase

2:00 pm
2021 Youth Ambassador Student Exchange (YASE)

2021 Youth Ambassador Student Exchange (YASE) Background: The Youth Ambassador Student Exchange (YASE) program is the AIFL’s flagship educational program and since 1977 the AIFL has conducted this formal binational educational exchange in partnership with the Israel Youth Exchange Authority (IYEA) formerly the Public Council for the Exchange of Youth and Young Adults. To date over 5000 predominantly non-Jewish American high school students and their families have participation in this month-long exchange program where chaperoned they gain the experience of living in each other’s country and home. Each program is conducted around a current international theme. Program Dates: October 14th – November 11th Israeli Delegations arrive in the US - October 14th US Home Hospitality – October 14th to 21st Tours/Lectures etc. Washington DC & NYC – October 21st – 27th October 21st – 24th – Washington, DC October 24th – 27th – New York American Delegations Arrive in Israel - October 28th Tours/Lecture etc. Jerusalem a& Tel Aviv – October 28th – November 4th October 28th – November 1st – Jerusalem November 1st – 3rd – Tel Aviv Home Hospitality – November 4th to 10th American Delegations Return to the US – November 11th Guidelines: Delegation Size: 10 students preferably from the 11th grade though students from the 10th grade are accepted (5 boys and 5 girls) and a chaperone, unless your district guidelines require more than one chaperone. Orientation programs: Orientation workshops and seminars can be facilitated by AIFL partners in education, professional staff and lay leadership in cooperation with the Israeli Consulate with oversight for your region. Each delegation must complete at least 3 orientation sessions with a focus on Israeli culture, history, popular facts and current affairs. Diversity and Inclusion: The youth ambassador delegations both American and Israeli should reflect the diversity of both countries. Cost: The cost per participant is $3,400. This includes all study materials, accommodations in the US and Israel, meals, entrance fees, ground transportation, domestic and international airfare, videography, international travel, and medical insurance. The school district is responsible for the cost of the chaperone/s (some districts may require more than one chaperone for study abroad programs), which should not be passed on to the students. The AIFL extends payment plans in lieu of lump sum payments if needed. Please contact me, to discuss this option if needed. However, the initial down payment must be made with the submission of the completed student application forms (not less than $500 pp). The balance divided into a number of payments at the discretion of the program coordinator or chaperone and completed prior to the start of the program on Thursday, October 14th. Hosting: Home hospitality is gender based, unless there are extenuating circumstances which must be signed off on by the parents/guardians of both the host and guest student and the AIFL. Hosting program: To ensure that your hosting program is successful your school community and your colleagues should be aware of your guests. Especially, since they will be seeing your Israeli guests on campus and perhaps even sitting in class with their ‘host sibling’. Perhaps a first activity could be a welcome assembly or pep rally where your Israeli guests make their first group presentation as to who they are, life in Israel and their city etc. Your hosting program for your guests should include activities that are unique to your state, school district, special events at school etc. During the weekend and on evening’s your guests are with their hosts and will participate in their family activity unless there is a group activity planned for both American and Israeli youth ambassadors. Please note, the program does not require the host youth ambassador delegation to participate in all activities for your guest Israeli youth ambassadors during school hours. You can identify those activities that you think will be more meaningful if they did. This will prevent them from missing any classes unnecessarily until both delegations (your delegation and your guests) leave for Washington DC on Thursday, October 21st. Team calls: As we prepare to start this year’s exchange during the month of August until October 14th, there will be bi-weekly calls with our American YASE Chaperone/Coordinators team. Team calls are mandatory team calls hosted by the AIFL which will walk each of the American delegations through the process until the start of the program. We share ideas, answer any questions, or address concerns and discuss hosting programs and to help each school district create successful programs for their guests. These calls really will allow us to discuss our preparations, review this year’s program, both in the US and Israel including group activities, presentations, and projects, discuss chaperone duties, answer any questions that arise as we progress to the start of the program. Program Theme and Group Project/ Assignments: This year’s program will be interactive and include group discussions and activities, guest presenters and site visits.