AJC Leaders for Tomorrow Advocacy Day in Washington
First row – Madeline Brown, Tenafly, NJ; Ellie Minkove, New Rochelle; Yaffa Pressner, White Plains; Meira Pressner, White Plains; AJC Westchester/Fairfield Associate Director Jill Friedman; AJC CEO Ted Deutch. Second row – Yaelli Hoffman, Tenafly, NJ; Eliana Fromer, New Rochelle; Rena Hammerman, White Plains; Mitchell Breakstone, Scarsdale; Lucas Saland, Chappaqua; William Hirsch, Scarsdale; Matthew Hirsch, Scarsdale; Harry Bernstein, Scarsdale. Third row – Ben Siegel, Scarsdale; Gavin Korpi, Rye Brook; Ben Messafi, Rye Brook; Kevin Khitrov, Ardsley; Spencer Sarachek, Scarsdale.
High school students from Westchester and New Jersey were among those who traveled to Washington from March 12-14 to be part of American Jewish Committee’s Leaders for Tomorrow Advocacy Day.
The program brought together Jewish high school students from across the country to meet with Congressional staffers, diplomats from Israel, Bahrain and Morocco—all parties to the Abraham Accords–as well as top AJC leaders, including CEO Ted Deutch.
Deutch served more than 12 years in Congress before resigning to join AJC last October.
More than 120 students also heard from Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, the U.S. Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism and Shelley Greenpsan, President Biden’s liaison to the Jewish community.
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders,” said AJC High School Affairs Director Aaron Bregman. “This is the next generation of advocates who will stand up for American Jews and Israel and lead the fight against antisemitism. This program provides the tools to help them meet those challenges when they head to college.”
To date, the Leaders for Tomorrow program has reached more than 1,900 students.