About Us

The Israel Action Network (IAN) is a strategic initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America, in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, created to counter assaults made on Israel’s legitimacy. Israel today faces an intensive and increasingly sophisticated assault on its right to exist as a sovereign democratic Jewish state. The IAN was created to educate, organize and mobilize the organized North American Jewish community to develop strategic approaches to countering these assaults and develop innovative efforts to change the conversation about Israel and achieving peace and security for two states for two peoples. Our work is grounded in building strong relationships with people of faith, human rights advocates, political and civic leaders, and friends and neighbors in our communities. With the help of these allies, we are developing a broader understanding of Israel and Israelis and are working together to address these issues.

Defining and confronting delegitimization — which at bottom is an effort to isolate Israel from the family of nations — is an often difficult task; it occurs on many stages, with many voices and utilizes various tactics, ranging from economic sanctions, including efforts to boycott Israeli products, to negative messaging campaigns, such as equating Israel with apartheid South Africa.

For this reason, IAN is leveraging and maximizing our unique work at the local level for greatest impact on the continental and global stages. The collective ability of JFNA’s 153 Jewish Federations and over 300 small non-federated communities, along with JCPA’s 14 national member agencies and 125 local community relations committees/councils, is central to altering this trend. We are a network countering a network. 

IAN is your go-to source for the latest information, trends, researched messages that work, strategies and best practices both to counter attempts to undermine Israel’s legitimacy and to undertake affirmative forward-looking initiatives.

Through this active, continental network, IAN continues to strengthen and expand support for the democratic Jewish State of Israel, while advocating for a negotiated, two-state solution that will allow Israelis and Palestinians to live as neighbors in peace and security.