ReFuel - August 1, 2017

ReFuel

Welcome to the official newsletter of Fuel For Truth: ReFuel. On the first Tuesday of each month, be sure to check your inbox for the latest edition. To provide feedback or suggestions, please reach out to Tali Snow Schwartz, talis@fuelfortruth.org. 

ReConnect: Events and Announcements



FFT-NYC Shabbat Dinner

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Join Fuel For Truth for a young professionals Shabbat dinner! The night includes delicious kosher food, wine, shmoozing, and great company. Wine will be provided but BYOB is encouraged! 

August 18, 2017 | 7:30 PM
The Brownstone - 224 E 12th St., New York, NY 10003

Purchase your ticket here before they sell out! 
Only 50 spaces available.


FFT-NYC Party for Truth

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Save the Date!
Tuesday September  26, 2017 

Details will be announced soon on the FFT Facebook page and in the September edition of ReFuel



FFT-NYC Speaker Highlight


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We're almost half way through this current Boot Camp class and tonight have the pleasure of hosting Marc Ginsberg, former US Ambassador to Morocco, as our speaker. Ambassador Ginsberg served during the Clinton administration and was the first Jew to be appointed US ambassador to an Arab country. He is one of the many accomplished and insightful speakers who donate their time to FFT because they recognize the importance of our program.

Reminder! All FFT Members are welcome to attend current Boot Camp sessions for lessons, speakers, and of course for socializing after class. Check the Fuel For Truth: Members Only Facebook group for each week's Boot Camp event listing to RSVP if you intend to arrive for dinner.

ReTold: Shimrit Adika's Story

shimrit1.pngThey say that when you put three Jews together, you get four opinions. Now imagine seven million Jews in one place. As an Israeli, having a view on Middle East conflict is pretty much a given; I was no different. I knew what I thought, knew where I stood, and knew I was right. However, after coming to New York, I realized I needed to know a whole lot more.

No matter where you are in the world, being an Israeli doesn’t quite leave you. You always get asked about the recent flare-ups, the chances of peace, or “why the whole thing even started” and “why it can’t be solved already.” Those questions didn’t scare me; having lived through the conflict, my answers were detailed and well-crafted. Only after moving abroad and discussing the issue with non-Israelis did I encounter a new question: Does Israel have a right to exist?

For many living in Israel, regardless of your political orientation, one thing is indisputable; Israel deserves to exist. As vehemently as the left and right argue their differences, they do so on the basis that Israel is here to stay, and that whatever policies are put in place, they must ensure its continuation as a sovereign nation. However, for many the debate starts at a more fundamental level and includes the idea of removing Israel from the list of nations. Needless to say, I was unpleasantly surprised and had to quickly adjust my approach to the topic, to include this new question.

This is where Fuel For Truth came in. Going into Boot Camp, I had my share of doubts. I was unsure what a red-blooded Israeli from Jerusalem like me could learn about how to advocate for my country. Nonetheless, I was determined to see it through. Before the 10 weeks ended, that determination paid off. FFT gave me the tools to take on difficult, and sometimes confrontational, conversations and be able to successfully advocate for Israel without getting into the typical screaming match we all know too well. The emphasis the program puts on knowing the history, providing that context during the conversation, and asking questions to keep people honest about the depth of their own knowledge, helped me tremendously. Moreover, there were plenty of opportunities to rehearse and practice different responses to common situations, which made the real thing much easier. An additional perk of the program were the guest speakers. Having the opportunity to meet with and listen to a wide array of experts, each a distinguished member of his or her community, was a catalyst for learning. Hearing firsthand experiences of people who proudly, actively, and daily advocate for Israel was a great inspiration for both myself and my classmates.

Looking back, FFT gave me much more than the ability to better articulate my point and develop my advocacy skills. Through this amazing organization, I made friends who became my second family, and made me feel welcome in my new city. Almost four years later, I continue to appreciate how much FFT contributed to my life, both for Israel advocacy and my ability to feel at home, 5,000 miles away from home.

 

ReCap: FFT Last Month

FFT-NYC Beerfest
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A group of FFT members gathered at Bohemian Hall, New York City's oldest beer garden, for an afternoon of brews, laughs, and board games. FFT is more than just an Israel education organization. It's a an ever-expanding community filled with awesome and diverse people who enjoy being with each other.

 

ReLearn: Advocacy Tips & Resources

Advocacy Tip

Internalize empathy for the Palestinian people. It is not a political statement, nor is it damaging to Zionism, to recognize that many innocent Palestinian civilians are suffering today. If we are not able to recognize the suffering of many Palestinians, and express our empathy for that suffering, then nothing else we say will be heard. You can always have a conversation about who and what has contributed to that suffering, but you need to admit that it is there.   


Ron's Book Selection
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Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal

Mossad unveils the defining and most dangerous operations, unknown heroes, and mysterious agents of the world's most respected—and most enigmatic—intelligence service. Here are the thrilling stories of daring top secret missions, including the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the eradication of Black September, the destruction of the Syrian nuclear facility, and the elimination of key Iranian nuclear scientists.

Drawn from intensive research and exclusive interviews with Israeli leaders and Mossad operatives, this riveting history brings to life the brave agents, deadly villains, and major battlegrounds that have shaped Israel and the world at large for more than sixty years.

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Acknowledgements

Jon Loew & Joe Richards - Fuel For Truth Co-Founders
Ron Wasserman - Chairman & CEO 
Justin Ellis - President
Jeremy Meller - COO 
Daniel Flesch - FFT-DC Executive Director
Jen Dekel - FFT-DC President
The Newsletter Team - Tali Schwartz, Ariel Kreisler, Zach Schaffer, Arielle Holstein, Sam Wechsler

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