Advocacy2Gether was a spiritual and intellectual leadership development program through Partnership2Gether for those who wished to take action in their communities while collaborating and building strong relationships with the global Jewish community. Participants learned about advocacy and compared Jewish life in Israel and Hungary, while building a network of internationally connected leaders.
During the 10 days participants were in Indianapolis, they visited each Federation agency. They also visited Lubavitch, met Andrea Pactor of Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Lonnie Nasatir of the Anti-Defamation League, Shannon Cohen of Zeta Beta Tau and Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld at Hillel in Bloomington. Topics included leadership, connections, advocacy, anti-semitism, philanthropy versus charity and planning for the future.
Our participants included three from Israel, five from Hungary, one from Louisville and three from Indianapolis. Each had an incredible story to tell. I chaired the program, but couldn’t have done it without Megan Maurer, Education Task Force Chair of our Partnership Consortium, and Michelle Korin, local Partnership co-worker, and Federation staff. These 10 days were a very meaningful experience for everyone.
Below is an excerpt from participant Ben Rubenstein’s blog.
“I was the only U.S. delegate not from Indy, and even now it is hard to discern which of the Indy crew were delegates, guests or speakers. But that is the way it should be, because it just speaks to the open environment that was within the seminar from the first moment. It was truly incredible to see how we seamlessly worked with whoever was joining us for that program or day.
“That night we celebrated each other and everything that we had learned the past week. We gathered around a bonfire and shared what it was we were taking away from this experience. I think it was a realization for all of us the role we were stepping into not just in Partnership2Gether or our own Jewish communities, but the global Jewish experience. We are now leaders in the Jewish movement and have taken on our shoulders some of the weight of moving our people, culture and beliefs forward.”