Y2I Joins AIPAC’s Efforts Sixty people, 2010 and 2011 alumni of the Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I) and parents, attended the recent AIPAC informational meeting in Marblehead to learn about volunteer opportunities in AIPAC, America’s pro-Israel lobby. Robert I. Lappin, Trustee of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation and creator and principal funder of Y2I, said, “Our partnership with AIPAC is exciting and groundbreaking. Y2I teens return from Israel craving constructive ways to support Israel and stay connected. AIPAC offers teens valuable learning and volunteering opportunities in the political action arena.” Senior AIPAC professionals facilitated the meeting, explaining the power and impact teens can have by engaging in political action, educating their members of Congress about Israel and by lobbying them to support Israel. Teens and parents learned about upcoming AIPAC conferences in Washington specifically for teens, which focus on developing political action and advocacy skills. Jordan Miller (Y2I 2010) of Lynnfield shared her experience at AIPAC’s recent Saban Leadership Seminar in Washington, D.C. for high school and college students. She is forming a committee of North Shore teens to organize a local event to meet our representatives in Congress and to discuss the importance of American support for Israel’s safety and security. Teens who want to get involved with the local Y2I-AIPAC teen initiative, which is open to all North Shore teens, should contact Deborah Coltin at 978-740-4428 or email dcoltin@rilcf.org.

For more information about AIPAC contact Jacob Baime at jbaime@aipac.org.

Political activism matters. This was the message that fourteen Youth to Israel (Y2I) Alumni teens took to heart when they recently lobbied Congressman John Tierney’s Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill as part of AIPAC’s High School Summit. The goal of the summit is to provide teens with tools and techniques that help them to develop political lobbying skills that will be used to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel.

“The High School Summit is a valuable hands-on learning experience where teens learn how to channel their love and support for Israel in a way that engages them as concerned American citizens and supporters of Israel,” said Deborah Coltin executive director of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation. “The Y2I Adventure connects teens to Israel and opens their eyes to the importance of strengthening the U.S.-Israel connection,” said Robert I. Lappin, Foundation Trustee. “Y2I’s newly formed relationship with AIPAC provides teens the opportunity to learn valuable advocacy and lobbying skills which will stay with them for life,” added Lappin.

Mara Tzizik (Y2I 2011), a junior at Ipswich High School, said that the AIPAC High School Summit, which took place from November 6-8 in Washington, D.C., gave her the tools to be a confident and educated advocate for America’s support of Israel. The intense seminar included workshops and role plays about political activism, advanced advocacy, public speaking, political lobbying and more. “The North Shore Delegation did an outstanding job lobbying on Capitol Hill,” said Coltin.

Four hundred-seven Jewish teens from 130 public and private high schools across the country attended the summit. “The Y2I Delegation, the largest from one organization, paid their own travel expenses and took time out of their busy school schedules to participate in the summit. This is a testament to their enthusiasm and leadership abilities,” said Coltin. Zachary Schutzman (Y2I 2010), a senior at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, left the summit with the opinion that “it is important to remember that lobbying is something that anybody and everybody can and should do”.

Pictured is the Y2I Delegation: Y2I 2010 Alumni: Jacob Cline, Hamilton; Gillian Cowen, Lynnfield; Brian Davis, Middleton; Grace Farnan, South Hamilton; Michelle Migdalovich, Swampscott; Jordan Miller, Lynnfield; Danielle Tacheny, Rowley; and Dylan Woodrow, Marblehead.Y2I 2011 Alumni: Danielle Bloom, Danvers; Harrison Bond, Marblehead; Julia Ginsburg, Swampscott; Scott Powell, Swampscott; Mara Tzizik, Ipswich; and Zachary Schutzman, Topsfield.

February 3, 2012
Teen Leadership Development in Action

Gillian Cowen and Dylan Woodrow, alumni of the 2010 Robert I. Lappin Youth to Israel Adventure, recently returned from the Saban Conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. They were invited to attend the conference as high school seniors because of their leadership skills and their passion for political action on behalf of strengthening the America Israel relationship.

“Gillian and Dylan returned from Saban and immediately jumped into leadership mode, organizing a meeting of Youth to Israel alumni to establish a Community Cadre system that would effectively engage high school students to implement AIPAC’s work on the North Shore,” said Deborah Coltin, executive director of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, which supports AIPAC’s teen leadership development efforts. Jordan Miller of Lynnfield, a Saban alumna, also shared her expertise and passion for AIPAC’s work to help the North Shore group establish itself. Gillian and Dylan are committed to matching teens with their skills and interests.

A group of ten Y2I alumni from five North Shore communities attended the organizational meeting, held at Woodbridge in Peabody. “Their excitement is not only heartwarming, it is inspiring,” said Coltin. “AIPAC provides teens with excellent training to develop lobbying and leadership skills, that will serve them well in college and throughout life,” she added.

For more information about the Youth to Israel Adventure or about AIPAC’s high school leadership development, contact Deborah Coltin at 978-748-4428 or dcoltin@rilcf.org.

Pictured left to right

Front: Alice Yufa, Liz Leykin, Amy Langsam, Grace Farnan, Gillian Cowen, Jordan Miller
Back: Dylan Woodrow, Sam Feinstein, Aron Roytenberg, Cam Woodrow