Dorothy and Julius Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations of the American Jewish Committee
The Dorothy and Julius Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Is-raeli Relations, founded in 1982 as an arm of the American Jewish Com-mittee, is an interpreter of Israeli and American Jewry to each other, andseeks to build bridges between the world’s largest Jewish communities.Speciﬁcally, its goals are achieved programmatically through a variety of undertakings, including:
An intensive immersion seminar for American college faculty inthe history, politics, culture, and society of modern Israel, con-ducted by Brandeis University. The goal is to enable college pro-fessors to teach courses on their home campuses on modernIsrael, in all its complexity, as a Jewish and democratic state.
Exchange programs over the years bringing Israeli politicians, aca-demicians, military ofﬁcers, civil servants, and educators to theUnited States to study the diversity of the American Jewish com-munity and its role in American politics and society. Hundredsof Israelis have participated in these dialogue-oriented missionscosponsored by the Institute and its Israeli partners, the JerusalemMunicipality, the Oranim Teacher Training Institute, the Jewish Agency, the Israeli Defense Forces, and the Ministry of Educa-tion, Government of Israel.
Studies of the respective communities, particularly of their inter-connectedness, published in both Hebrew and English. Thesehave included monographs, among others, on “Who Is a Jew,”“Post-Zionism,” and Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel.The Koppelman Institute has succeeded in reaching out to leaders whoultimately will shape the minds of thousands of followers in developing amore positive and productive relationship between Israel and American Jewry.Harold T. Shapiro, Ph.D.Steven Bayme, Ph.D.Chairman Director