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  • 2-active-listening
  • 3-diverse-conversations
  • 4-scholars-and-thinkers-updated
  • 5-change-makers
  • Our strength is the ability to create safe places for civil, nuanced, and indepth conversation.
  • Active listening and empathy are critical to any meaningful interaction.
  • We are a convener of diverse conversations.
  • Program participants engage with outstanding scholars and thinkers.
  • We empower students to be change-makers.

  • "Seek peace and pursue it."

    - Psalm 34

  • “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I?”

    - Hillel

  • "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

    - Ghandi

  • “Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die tomorrow.”

    - James Dean

  • “Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

    - Albert Camu

  • “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

    - Aristotle

  • “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

    - John F. Kennedy

  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

    - Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “An enemy is someone whose story you have not yet heard.”

    - Gene Knudsen Hoffman

  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

    - Margaret Mead

  • “Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.”

    - Thomas Merton

  • “Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.”

    - Phil Jackson

  • “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

    - Winston Churchill

  • “Peace-building is one person, one heart at a time.”

    - Leah Green

  • “We must love them both, those with whom we agree, and those with whom we disagree. For both have labored in the search of truth, and both have helped in the finding of it.”

    - Thomas Aquinas


Be A Change Maker

Applications are now being accepted for our 2017 Avi Shabbat Micro-Grant Program.

The Avi Shabbat Program was created by ASF nearly seven years ago, in memory of Avi Schaefer, for the purpose of bringing together students on college campuses for a communal meal and shared conversation that incorporates one of the following themes:

  • Promoting open and respectful discourse within the Jewish community, specifically surrounding conversations about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.
  • Fostering interfaith understanding and cross-cultural encounters.

Nearly 100 campuses across North America have participated in an Avi Shabbat since its inception. We invite you and to join our movement to empower young people and apply again – or for the first time – to host an Avi Shabbat in 2017.

Applications accepted through February 10th, 2017.

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