OUR MISSION

Our mission is to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identities of our next generations, that has a strong connection to the Jewish American community, and that promotes the bond between the people of the United States and the state of Israel.

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT. PHILANTHROPY. ACTIVISM.

IAC Boston, which was the first IAC regional office to open outside of Los Angeles, serves as an incubator for the national organization. Opened in 2014, IAC Boston  has piloted several programs, including IAC Eitanim and the Boston Media Room, which are now replicated by IAC offices across the country. In all of our work, the IAC brings the unique Israeli perspective (from both Jewish and Israeli traditions to entrepreneurial spirit) and a network of incredible volunteers who help inform the content and experience.

IAC Boston believes that building a vibrant  Israeli-American community that is connected to the larger Jewish American community will ultimately make our next generations stronger and with deeper bonds to the State of Israel.  

"We are stronger together than apart. The future of both the Israeli and American Jewish communities depends on our connection." - Barry Shrage, President of CJP 

 

SIGNATURE PROGRAMS

IAC Boston engages Israeli-Americans in community building through the following programs:

IAC ACT – An organized community of pro-Israel activists that provides training and tools for creating positive Israel awareness at work, on campus and online. 

IAC BINA –  A nationwide network of Israeli-American and Jewish American young professionals who share a passion for Israel and come together for culture, professional and social gatherings.

IAC EITANIM – A teen leadership program for students in grades 7-12 that teaches Israeli-style entrepreneurship skills under the guidance of volunteer mentors.

IAC GVANIM –  A leadership program exploring Israeli and Jewish identities in order to address challenges of the next generation and build bridges with the American Jewish community.

IAC KESHET –Brings together Israeli-American and Jewish American children through Hebrew-language cultural activities and educational programming including music, dance, books, plays and arts & crafts. 

IAC MISHELANU - A nationwide college leadership program that provides a home for Israeli-American students on campus  to explore their identities and their connection to the State of Israel.

IAC SHISHI ISRAELI – A shared Shabbat tradition that bonds Israelis and Jewish Americans through an Israeli-style dinner, shira b'tzibur (sing-along) and childrens' activities.

CELEBRATE ISRAEL – An annual nation-wide celebration of the Jewish state aiming to engage, connect and unite the entire pro-Israel community. 

"IAC is a motivating force, empowering many within the Israeli and Jewish community to step forward to lead, serve and engage in meaningful ways. " - Etty Shneorson, Volunteer and IAC GVANIM Alumna

 

Testamonials

When I participated in IAC Eitanim, amazing leaders within the Greater Boston area came to mentor us and guide us through our projects. For one project, we were given a budget and we had to find a solution on how to connect the Israeli-American and the Jewish American community. The regional director of IAC Boston came to talk to us about how she has been solving this problem. One of my favorite Eitanim moments was when Julian Edelman’s social media manager came to us and told us how he got started and how he launched Edelman’s brand. He taught us how to brand anything and what a logo should like. I am now doing some graphic design consulting on my own! -- Shachar Hartman, 12th grade, Brookline High School

I loved being a part of the Media Room because I was able to participate in a program which creates real content to fight anti-Israel movements like BDS and have real results once it was launched online.  I also felt a great sense of passion for what we were doing because we were not just focused on fighting any negativity online, but we were rather trying to spread the positive things about Israel as well, including cutting edge advances in bio tech, cyber security, water irrigation, and of course, …. Waze!

--Marissa Rosenzweig, 12th grade, Gann Academy

 

IMPACT TO DATE

Since our inception in 2014, IAC Boston has made measurable impact in a number of ways, including:

Opening of Merkaz IAC as a hip, inviting place of connection and collaboration for the entire community

Engaging with over 10,000 adults and families

Collaborating with 45 Israeli and Jewish community organizations and hosting over 100 joint events

Initiating 12 new IAC programs in the Boston region

Partnered with CJP to produce Boston’s largest ever Celebrate Israel event

Distributing capacity building grants to 16 existing Israeli organizations

Organizing two rallies at the Boston Common and City Hall Plaza attended by thousands to support Israel during 2014 “Operation Protective edge”