The Israeli-American Council (IAC) builds an engaged coast-to-coast community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identities of our next generation, and the State of Israel.

The IAC reaches every generation in a family, and empowers the Israeli and Jewish American leadership of tomorrow through a national ecosystem that spans 20 regional offices, 58 communities, and 94 campuses.

Please find below FAQ about important subjects, or download a PDF version of FAQ document

The Jewish American Community

Is the organization relevant to Jewish Americans?

  • Yes, the majority of our programs are conducted in English.
  • 20-50% (ranges depending on the program) of our participants are Jewish Americans.
  • 25% of our annual IAC National Conference attendees consider themselves as Jewish Americans.
  • Many members of the Israeli-American community consider themselves Jewish American (they are second and third generation, they marry Jewish Americans, etc.)

Why is the IAC isolated from the established Jewish American community?

  • The IAC believes the Israeli-American community is part of the larger Jewish American community.
  • Many of our programs are executed in full partnership with Jewish American organizations.
  • Wherever possible, our offices and activity are connected with local Jewish American institutions (i.e., JCCs, Jewish Federations, synagogues).
  • The IAC empowers its lay leaders to be active in Jewish American organizations.

How does the IAC work with the Jewish Federation?

The IAC’s goal is to always work in full partnership with each local Federation. For example, we have a close strategic partnership with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) in Boston.

How does the IAC work with Jewish Community Centers (JCCs)?

This is best illustrated through our work in partnership with the JCC in Tenaly.

Does the IAC compete with other Jewish American organizations?

  • It is not a zero-sum game. The IAC’s work is complementary to that of other Jewish American organizations.
  • Building strong partnerships with Jewish American organizations is a core part of our vision.
  • We encourage our lay leadership and community to be involved in and support other Jewish American organizations.

Jewishness

What is the role of Jewishness in the IAC’s activity?

  • Strengthening Jewish identity is at the heart of every IAC program.
  • We believe that “Israeliness” will not survive outside of Israel without “Jewishness.” We must connect the next generation to their Jewish roots.
  • We believe that a connection to Jewish heritage is a key element of our leadership building.

What is the IAC’s Jewish affiliation?

The IAC has no Jewish affiliation. Our doors are open to anyone who believes in the organization’s mission and core values.

Why do many of our events, including the IAC National Conference, have Shabbat observant options?

While we are not a religious organization, we always strive to ensure that our activities are inclusive of every Jew.

Israel

How is the IAC connected to Israel?

Israel is at the heart of the IAC community and our programs.

Is the IAC affiliated with the Israeli government?

  • No, the IAC is an independent non-profit American organization, supported by private donors across the country.
  • The IAC is not a government funded organization and does not represent, nor receive instructions, orders or directions from any foreign government or entity.

What does it mean when you say you are a “pro-Israel” organization?

The IAC wholeheartedly supports the State of Israel, its people, and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship that is based on the shared values of both nations.

What does your work on the ground look like?

  • Connect communities through every IAC activity
  • Educate every IAC program and activity includes an educational component
  • Build pro-Israel youth leadership
  • Tell Israel’s story to the broader American community
  • Engage key influencers in understanding the importance of the U.S.-Israel connection
  • Fight anti-Israel hate movements

Budget and Development

What is the IAC’s budget?

Our annual budget is around 20 million dollars. More details can be found in our public records.

How does the IAC fund its activities?

We are fully transparent about our funding: a full list of donors is available on our website.

What does the IAC do with its budget?

A complete Impact Report is published online and in print every year. This report details the programs and initiatives that serve our coast-to-coast IAC family. The IAC has set a goal to double its budget in order to meet critical growth and scale its programs.

Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson provide immense support. Why do you need additional funding?

The generous support and vision of Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson has allowed the IAC to rapidly grow into a national organization. They have joined with thousands of donors from coast-to-coast to realize our bold vision in every corner of the country. Community support is vital for continuing to grow and sustain the IAC. Every dollar counts.

Can I donate to a specific program?

Absolutely

Can I donate to a specific region?

Absolutely

What are your giving options?

We are grateful for every dollar. Certain donation levels are recognized within our IAC Clubs.

IAC Donor Clubs include:

  • Tel Aviv Society - $3,600/$1,800 (young professionals) per year
  • Rimon Club -$5,000 per year
  • Gefen Club - $10,000 per year
  • Jerusalem Society - $25,000 per year
  • Sapir Society - $50,000 per year
  • Yahalom Society - $100,000 per year

Special Experiences Include:

  • Private events and special travel opportunities
  • Complimentary entry & special events at the annual IAC National Conference
  • Recognition in IAC material and annual conference

Community

Why are many of your programs in English?

  • Hebrew is a core value of the IAC, but it shouldn’t be a barrier. Many within the IAC family do not speak Hebrew. It is important to ensure that they are included and able to actively participate.
  • When relevant, we mix Hebrew and English, so that everyone can connect to our community and to the Hebrew language.

Why are some of your programs in Hebrew?

  • Hebrew is at the core of the Israeli identity and the modern language of the Jewish people. It makes our community feel at home.
  • When relevant, we mix Hebrew and English, so that everyone can connect to our community and to the Hebrew language.

Why don’t you organize more concerts and more community-wide events?

Community-wide events and concerts are some of our most memorable events. However, the core of our work is community and leadership building.

Why don’t you give grants to other organizations?

The IAC is the largest supporter of the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) in America. We offer support through other strategic partnerships as well. We do not follow the Federation model of raising money and distributing it. Yet we encourage our community to individually support the variety of causes that they are passionate about.

IAC Councils

What are the IAC Councils?

The IAC’s Regional Council Committees are a nationwide network of Israeli-American lay leaders who are donors, doers, and leaders in our communities.

Why does it cost $5,000 to be a council member?

  • We believe in encouraging a culture of giving among our IAC family. We set this example through our lay leadership – this is a significant part of IAC’s formula for success.
  • There is a $1,800-$3,600 minimum to be considered part of one of the IAC Clubs, which denote levels of giving.
  • The IAC welcomes anyone who is passionate about our mission to get involved and lead. A monetary contribution is not a requirement. Our success comes from our communities.

IAC and Politics

Why is a community-based organization involved with American politics?

  • Every minority and immigrant community must have a voice to speak about issues that are critical to them. The IAC provides this platform.
    We amplify our community’s voice on issues that affect us, including rising anti-Semitism and anti-Zionist hate groups.
  • We believe that civic engagement is an integral part of being American.

Has the IAC become political in recent years?

No, the IAC was born during the Second Lebanon War (2006), out of a strong sense that we needed to mobilize our community to action.
Our first major pro-Israel campaign, “Live for Sderot,” took place two years later in 2008.

Does the IAC have a political affiliation?

The IAC has no political affiliation. We welcome anyone who is passionate about our core values, regardless of political affiliation.

What is the IAC’s political affiliation when it comes to Israel?

  • We respect Israel’s thriving democracy and the right of its elected government to make decisions on behalf of the Israeli people.
  • We come together for a united vision: a strong, resilient, and interconnected Jewish People and State of Israel.
  • The IAC’s long-standing policy is to not comment or get involved with internal Israeli politics.

What is the IAC’s political affiliation when it comes to domestic American politics?

The IAC has no political affiliation. We work with leaders on both sides of the political aisle to ensure that Israel remains a bipartisan issue. We come together as one large family with a range of political opinions and religious observances.

Why do politicians speak at the IAC National Conference?

Every community has the right and responsibility to speak about
issues that are critical to them. To make an impact, we must engage our elected officials.

Q Does the IAC compete with AIPAC?

No, the work of the IAC is complementary to that of AIPAC. AIPAC is an important lobbying organization focused on the U.S.-Israel relationship. The IAC is a community-based organization that focuses on people-to- people engagement. Many of the IAC’s key lay leaders are also involved with AIPAC.

Does the IAC support the right for Israelis who live abroad to vote? What is the IAC’s take on state-religion issues in Israel?

Since its founding, the IAC’s policy has been to not comment or get involved with internal Israeli politics.

What is the IAC For Action/IAC4Action (the Israeli-American Coalition for Action)?

  • The IAC For Action is a sister organization that is non-profit and non-partisan.
  • It advocates on behalf of the Israeli-American community to policymakers.
  • The IAC4Action works to fight anti-Semitism and BDS, strengthen connections between Israel and America, and make the voices of Israeli-Americans heard on a range of issues at the federal, state, and local level.

Why do the IAC and IAC for Action have such similar names?

The IAC for Action is a separate, sister organization of the IAC. The IAC is primarily focused on community building, while IAC for Action is primarily engaged in lobbying and political activity.