High school seniors in the New York metropolitan area, including New Jersey and Connecticut, will unite this Sunday night, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m., for an advocacy training webinar with Neil Lazarus of Awesome Seminars, one of Israel’s leading educators and communication experts.
The event is a joint effort of Write On For Israel, an advocacy program for teens through journalism, of The Jewish Week, and of JerusalemOnlineU.com’s Step Up For Israel campaign, designed to equip teens with the knowledge and tools to defend Israel. The program will include a screening of the award-winning documentary film, “Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference,” and a discussion of how such messages can help change the way the world views Israel.
High school seniors are invited to register for the series at: http://www.stepupforisrael.com/write-on-for-israel.
“As a participant in a two-year Israel advocacy training program, I know about the challenges that Israel supporters face at many college campuses around the country,” said Leeza Hirt, a Write On For Israel student. “I am excited that now my friends will also have the opportunity to learn how to defend Israel before we go off to college, next year.”
The webinar is the first in the three-part advocacy-training series Lazarus will run for high school seniors. Upon completion of the seminar, students will receive an official certificate from JerusalemOnlineU.com, signed by Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz and Ambassador Dore Gold, the co-chairs of Step Up For Israel.
“Our goal is to educate teens about Israel,” said Andrea Gottlieb, executive director of Step Up For Israel. “Israel has an amazing story to tell which is not seen in the headlines. It is critically important that students feel a pride and connection to their heritage and homeland.”