Strengthening the Bonds Between Israeli Leaders and the American Jewish Community
The Ruderman Family Foundation, together with Brandeis University, is now readying for the second year of an innovative program designed to strengthen the bonds of understanding and appreciation between Israeli leaders and the American Jewish community. The Ruderman Fellows program is cultivating a deeper awareness of the vibrancy of American Jewish life by engaging members of Knesset with top community leaders and activists during an intensive week of meetings and briefings in Boston and New York. Encouraging candid discussions regarding priorities, sensibilities and perspectives within American Jewry, the program also explores contemporary and future trends affecting both Israel and the entire Jewish world.
The Ruderman Family Foundation welcomes this year’s Ruderman Fellows who begin their US visit on March 25th.
The 2012 Ruderman Fellows
- MK Ofir Akunis (Likud)
- MK Leah Shemtov (Yisrael Beteinu)
- MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz)
- MK Fania Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beitenu)
- MK Raleb Majadele (Labor)
The 2011 Ruderman Fellows
- MK Carmel Shama (Likud)
- MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud)
- MK Avi Dichter (Kadima)
- MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima)
- MK Eitan Cabel (Labor)
- Daniel Ben Simon (Labor)
The Ruderman Fellows Advisory Board
Members include: Former Minister of Internal Security Avi Dichter (Kadima), who headed the 2011 Ruderman delegation; Minister for Environmental Protection GiladErdan (Likud); Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon (Yisrael Beitenu) and Former Minister of Social Welfare Isaac Herzog (Labor).
The Fellows program is fully committed to enhancing the horizons and capabilities of Israeli leaders, while also continuing to strengthen the special relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community.
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