The Israel Action Network (IAN), a strategic initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), was created to counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy and positively change the discourse on Israel. A cornerstone of IAN’s strategy is to educate, train and strategically mobilize the Jewish professionals and lay leaders in our vast community-based infrastructure in order to reach out to a Jewish and non-Jewish audience who may be vulnerable to messages and campaigns designed to undermine the democratic Jewish State of Israel. IAN provides information, resources, best practices, capacity building programs and crisis management tools for this purpose.
One such program is known as the Community Impact Partnership (CIP), which was launched in 2013 with the goal of increasing the capacity of small and mid-sized Jewish communities to counter delegitimization through in-depth training and strategic planning over a three to six month period.
This partnership aims to:
- Develop a cadre of Israel advocates who will represent the Jewish community in civil society. Participants learn how to engage target groups such as mainline Churches, college campuses, labor unions, racial and ethnic groups, as well as other constituency-based organizations, media and influentials.
- Arm community members with the knowledge and skills to be effective pro-Israel advocates. Through a uniquely tailored core curriculum, participants are instructed by IAN staff and outside professionals on how to best advocate for Israel with Jewish and non-Jewish constituencies. In addition, each participant is responsible for completing an Israel-related community relations project during the course of their term.
- Serve as a catalyst for community action. Following the program’s completion, participants are provided with organizing tools to implement their newly acquired skill set for effective pro-Israel activism at the community level.
CIP’s overarching goal is to enrich the community relations capabilities of local Federations and CRCs by creating an enduring framework that will support action, engagement and outreach on Israel. IAN staff will work closely with lead community relations professionals in each location to build unique strategic plans and specialty models, allowing for customized education and training. By positively changing and leading the conversation about Israel, we not only strengthen our network, but empower it.
To find out if your community is eligible for this program, or for any further questions, please contact Stephanie Hausner at Stephanie.Hausner@JewishFederations.org or (212) 284-6808.
This program was developed in consultation with Melanie Roth Gorelick, Director of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest.