The Avi Schaefer Fund held its inaugural Young Leadership Summit from January 31st to February 3rd 2016, at the Leichtag Foundation in San Diego, California.
We took great care to invite a diverse group of dynamic and inspiring young leaders to the Summit. Participants represented a broad range of Jewish institutional and communal affiliations, professional backgrounds, and geographic regions. The participants held a wide range of views on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The purpose of this forum was to gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing a younger generation of Jewish leaders, particularly as it relates to the relationship between Israel and the North American Jewish community, and to develop ideas and strategies in response to them. So often this discussion causes extreme reactions and increasing polarization. We are committed to creating a space for respectful and civil dialogue around such a fraught issue.