Refuel - January 3, 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


D.C. boot camp application deadline is January 9th.
NYC boot camp application period is officially open!
 Apply Here Today!


FFT Chairman Ron Wasserman on 2017 & some thoughts on the recent activity @ the United Nations

Ron Wasserman I want to start by wishing the entire FFT family a Happy New Year. I hope 2017 will be even better for all of you, your family and loved ones, and of course the Jewish State. It was another incredible year for our organization. We have a full-on Boot Camp program up and running in DC, having just recently completed their third Boot Camp. We are in discussions with leaders from the Jewish communities in Boston, Philadelphia, and Denver to bring our program to their respective cities. In NY our current Boot Camp program culminates with our Party For Truth, taking place on January 19th at the Madison Square Tavern. We hope to see as many members as possible in attendance!

It's important that we all support the organization that has given so much to all of us. This support can be made in many ways, the first of course, being a donation to FFT. We have no staff and every dollar given goes directly to programming. Support by way of connecting us with a restaurant that can give us a deal on kosher food, a bar by the Brownstone or speakers for the BC are some alternate ways to support the organization. For those of you who we haven’t seen in a while, I hope we get an opportunity to see you again in 2017 and please know the FFT door is always open.

Meanwhile, as you probably know, a US abstention allowed a resolution to pass at the UN. The resolution is unprecedented, period. The linguistic Jiu jitsu that the administration is using ...   READ MORE.....



FUEL FOR TRUTH EVENTS

Party For Truth - Click here to purchase your ticket before they sell out!Party for Truth photo

  • January 19th @ Madison Square Park Tavern | 7-10pm
  • 1 Hour Open Bar | Drink Specials, Food, Silent Auction | Music and mingling with other young professionals


Speak Up For Israel - 3-part workshop series. A joint effort of Fuel For Truth and CAMERA Young Leadership.

  • Part I: "Righting" the Writing - How you can respond to media bias | Feb 7th, 7:00 PM | Click here for tickets. MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE | Light dinner provided | Contact: Allie Zur allie@camera.org
  • Save the dates! Part II: March 7th- Social Media and Israel, Part III: April 4th- U.N. and Israel

     

OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST

CAMERA Young Leadership Israeli Trivia Bar Night - January 29th @ Promenade Bar & Grill - Event Details Here

2017 American Society for Yad Vashem YLA Winter Gala - February 2nd @ The Prince George Ballroom  - Event Details Here

ReTold: Ben Badejo's Story 

I recently returned from an intensive educational tour of Israel sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC. This experience demonstrated the importance of experiential learning and direct engagement for promoting pro-Israel advocacy, as well as the impact of educational and advocacy training programs like Fuel for Truth’s Boot Camp.

In December 2016, I traveled across Israel on a study tour sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC. AIEF makes grants to AIPAC to support educational programs and funds educational seminars to Israel for members of Congress, political influentials and emerging leaders. These seminars are intensive programs in which the participants take part in meetings, briefings and tours across Israel for up to fourteen hours a day. Both the geographical setting of these activities and the expertise of the individuals we met were key to making the seminar an impactful one. During our program, we met with members of Israel’s political and military elite, including Knesset members, several IDF officials, a representative from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office and the Prime Minister himself, ...   READ MORE...

ReLearn: Advocacy Tips & Resources

Advocacy Tip
Avoid “beyond the conflict” arguments.

No amount of Israeli technological innovation or medical breakthroughs will justify perceived Israeli human rights abuses. Trying to steer the conversation away from the heart of the issue and into non-conflict related arguments often fall on deaf ears.
Video Learning
PragerU Video
 
Ron's Book Club
THE REVOLT,
The Story of the Irgun

by Menachem Begin

The book traces the development of the Irgun from its early days in the 1930s, through its years of violent struggle in the Palestine Mandate against both British rule (the "revolt" of the title) and Arab opposition, to the outbreak of the Israeli War of Independence in 1948.

The book is also part autobiographical, tracing Menachem Begin's own political development.

ReHelp: Support FFT

Fuel for Truth is looking for a few volunteers! Please email talis@fuelfortruth.org if you are interested: 

Fundraising/Development Committee:
 Keep FFT going! Identify, set up meetings, and meet with prospective FFT donors, attend networking events to develop relationship networks, and fundraise through one-on-one solicitations, and work with alumni chair to put on philanthropic events for current and past members of FFT.

Graphic Designers: Help with various projects including social media, newsletter, event promotion.

Social Media Managers: Help set strategy and post content for FFT Social on Facebook, Instagram, and more.

ReView: Stay up to Date

What’s new and what’s not in the U.N. resolution on Israeli settlements - by Natan Sachs, December 26, 2016

The long-anticipated coda of the Obama-Netanyahu relationship did not disappoint in its drama: With a U.S. abstention, Ambassador Samantha Power allowed U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 on Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to pass 14 votes to 0. This was a major diplomatic defeat for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and a major blow by President Barack Obama to the Israeli government, but it was not a surprise, nor was it unavoidable.

PM hails Azerbaijan cooperation as beacon of Jewish-Muslim coexistence - by Raphael Ahren, December 13, 2016

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday hailed Israel’s multi-billion dollar military cooperation with Azerbaijan as a positive example of Muslim-Jewish coexistence. “Israel is the Jewish state and Azerbaijan is a Muslim state with a large Muslim majority,” Netanyahu said after meeting with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev. “Here we have an example of Muslims and Jews working together to promise a better future for both of us.”

The UN’s resolution on Israel doesn’t include any sanctions. It could hurt Israel’s economy all the same. - by Zeeshan Aleem, December 29,2016

The high-profile United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements that passed last week does not impose any kind of financial sanctions or other punitive measures on Israel. What it does do, though, is essentially give the green light to activist groups and countries to accelerate campaigns aimed at striking Israel’s economic interests and weakening its international reputation. And that could potentially prove to be just as damaging.

Acknowledgements

Joe Richards & Jon Loew- Fuel For Truth Co-founders
Ron Wasserman - Chairman and CEO 
Alex Kantor - President
Jeremy Meller - COO
The Newsletter Team - Tali Schwartz, Adam Engel, Ariel Kreisler, Zach Schaffer, Stephanie Merkrebs


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