14th of January 2012 / Serving Oregon & Southwest Washington since 1959

AIPAC trains teenagers

By JEWISH REVIEW

article created on: 2010-10-15T00:00:00

Nine Oregon teens accompanied Meira Spivak , Jewish Student Union and NCSY Portland teen programming director, to the Oct. 3-5 American Israel Public Affairs Committee High School Summit in Washington, D.C.

“Thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, I was able to bring seven JSU presidents from Portland to the summit,” said Spivak. “In addition, two NCSY students from Eugene joined our delegation. As always, the teens gained tremendous knowledge and confidence in discussing up- to-date current event issues with their peers and teachers. “

Each fall, AIPAC brings outstanding high school student leaders to Washington, D.C. for high-level Israel advocacy and political activism training. Through its High School Summit, AIPAC identifies and mentors high school students from across the country who are considering academic, internship, and career tracks in the arenas of politics, public policy, media, and Israel advocacy. This fall AIPAC partnered with Jewish day schools, synagogues, youth groups and teen leadership organizations to train 400 outstanding high school students and their chaperones.

Spivak said the teens learned about the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, the threats of nuclear Iran and the importance of resuming peace talks.  

“The climax of the summit was on the last day, when I, along with the students had the opportunity to lobby with Sen. Wyden’s staffers Joel Shapiro and Andre Nakazawa in the Senator’s DC office,” said Spivak.

She said students have begun to work on articles that they hope to publish in their high school newspapers, their synagogue newsletters and Jewish and secular papers.

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