The mission of the Israeli-American Council (IAC) is to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identity of our next generation, the American Jewish community, and the bond between the peoples of the United States and the state of Israel.
COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT. PHILANTHROPY. ACTIVISM.
Over half a million Israeli-Americans live in the United States today. As a vital component of American society, they play a major role in social activism, academia, culture and innovation. The Israeli-American Council (IAC) is the largest Israeli-American organization in the United States, serving this vibrant sector of American society. The IAC’s effectiveness and success is the direct result of its ability to organize, activate, and engage the Israeli-American community nationwide. The IAC strives to achieve these goals through programs and events for all ages, as well as by empowering and sponsoring a wide array of non-profit organizations within the Israeli-American community.
- Encourage a culture of giving, activism, and connection to Israel through personal examples of community involvement.
- Connect the next generation to the community, their Jewish identity, the Hebrew language, and the State of Israel.
- Foster active support of initiatives that further Israel’s welfare, security, education and its relations with the United States.
- Translate the Israeli-American community’s needs, desires, and values into action and a strong and influential voice.
- Serve as a professional and financial resource for initiatives that support the Israeli-American community with strong connections to Israel, now and in the future.
- Strengthen the relationships between the Israeli-American community and the Israeli community in Israel.
- Build bridges between the Israeli-American and Jewish American communities in the United States.
HOW WE DO IT
IAC dedicates and focuses its resources towards transforming Israeli-Americans into an empowered and organized community by:
- Bringing individuals together around predominantely Israel-related causes to invoke passion within our community.
- Connecting individuals with their own community through cultural initiatives and programs for the younger generation
- Encouraging a culture of giving and involvement through community engagement and philanthropy.
- Inspiring activism through participation and sponsorship of public events related to Israel-American relations.
- Building a communal structure and spirit through professional and financial support for non-profit organizations and initiatives.
- Creating new organizations and programs that will ensure community involvement through educational, cultural, and leadership initiatives.
- Bridging the Israeli-American and Jewish American communities through the creation of partnerships that support inter-community activities and initiatives.
- Mobilizing the community to respond to strategic causes that support US-Israel related initiatives and Zionist education for the young generation.
Born out of a need to organize and engage the Israeli-American community, the Israeli Leadership Council (ILC) was founded in 2007. A small influential group of Israeli-American community leaders joined together to form the first ILC Board of Directors. The founding group formulated the ILC’s 3 key pillars, to strengthen future generations of Israeli-Americans, The American Jewish community, and The State of Israel. Between its launch in 2007 and 2013 the organization’s rapid growth established the ILC as the largest Israeli-American organization in the US engaging 50,000 community members through its various activities. In 2013, the organization changed its name to the Israeli-American Council (IAC) to more accurately reflect its mission. By the fall of 2014, the IAC developed a national presence establishing 6 regional offices throughout the United States; Los Angeles (national headquarters), New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Boston and New Jersey. Closing out an impressive year of growth, the IAC held the first Israeli-American Community National Conference in Washington DC. During 2014-15, the organization is serving over 150,000 participants through a wide array of programs and events. The IAC continues its outreach efforts with plans to open more regional offices to meet the growing and evolving needs of the estimated 500,000 – 800,000 Israeli-Americans currently living in the United States.
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