WHAT IS BOOT CAMP?
Boot Camp is an intensive, multi-week training program that takes 20-35 select candidates and equips them with the tools they need to effectively advocate for Israel and impact their peers. The program features a combination of lectures, speakers and interactive sessions that raises participants' Israel IQ and teaches them how to go on the offense in their discussions. We do this in a fun and unique way that balances educational and social components, while building future leaders of the organization and active Pro-Israel advocates.
Kosher Dinner: You can't learn on an empty stomach. Each session begins with a buffet-style meal where you get to schmooze with fellow participants, Boot Camp alumni and organization leaders.
Historical Analysis: Our trainers provide deep, historical knowledge and context about the Middle East leading up to establishment of the State of Israel, major events that shaped the Jewish State over the past seven decades, and analysis into the major topics that often come up in conversation today.
World-Class Speakers: In an intimate setting, Boot Camp participants hear from experts in international relations, politics, media and education. Past speakers include Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, Israeli diplomat Ron Prosor, former US Ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg, New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
Proven Communication Skills: We teach participants how to have conversations with different audience personas using principles of game theory and experiential memory.
Mock Simulations: We provide participants social scenarios replicating real-world environments in order for them to practice and build upon the methodologies taught in class.
Socialize At Bar: Following each session, program participants and alumni gather at a local bar to hang out and have fun. Best part about it - the tab is on us. This is where members of the FFT community get to know each other on a personal level, forming lifelong relationships which has even resulted in marriages.
IS BOOT CAMP RIGHT FOR ME?
This program is specifically designed for young professionals in their 20s and 30s who are committed to becoming better advocates for Israel, as well as being part of a community and something bigger than themselves.
What if I'm "just Jewish" and not a religious Jew?
- The overwhelming majority of Boot Campers are secular Jews with varying levels of observance, but we provide an inclusive space that's friendly to people of all backgrounds, including orthodox Jews and non-Jews.
What if my Israel experience is limited to the one time I went on Birthright?
- Perfect! Boot Camp is a great follow-up for people who recently connected with Israel and want to take their connection and understanding to the next level.
What if I work in the Jewish/Pro-Israel world and already know a lot about Israel?
- You can never stop learning and Boot Camp is an excellent supplement for those already familiar with Israeli history and current issues. Often we hear from people fitting this category that they long sought a space where they could have deep conversations about Israel and found it here.
What if I'm Israeli?
- Sababa! Just like not every American knows US history, many Israelis aren't familiar with their own. One of the biggest benefits of Boot Camp for Israelis is learning how to talk about something very emotional and personal with people who aren't familiar with the Israeli experience and the threats targeting the Jewish State.
WHERE/WHEN IS BOOT CAMP OFFERED AND HOW DO I APPLY?
We currently have four chapters and are in the process of expanding to our fifth. Boot Camp is offered 3-4 times per year during winter, spring and fall. To apply, click the link for your city and fill out the application form.
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WHAT IF I DON'T LIVE IN THOSE CITIES?
We are determined to expand to more cities in 2019 and beyond, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. Additionally, we offer workshops to Jewish community centers, college campus groups and high school students across the country. If you are interested in bringing Boot Camp to your city or a workshop to your community, please contact us.