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, [email protected]
ReConnect: Events and Announcements
FFT-DC’s Summer 2017 Boot Camp begins on July 25!
Learn more about Boot Camp here.
FFT-DC Party for Truth
Thursday July 6, 2017
Dirty Martini | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased here.
FFT-DC Washington Nationals Baseball Game
Pre-Game fun at the Bullpen 12 PM, Game Time - 1:35 PM
Please contact [email protected] for ticket information.
ReTold: Daniel Flesch's Story
On a frigid January evening last year, I met with the Fuel For Truth leadership during one of their Boot Camp sessions in New York to discuss the possibility of expanding FFT to Washington, DC. Less than two months later, with the help of Jen Dekel (FFT-DC President and Co-Founder), Fuel For Truth-DC kicked off with an inaugural five-week, mini-Boot Camp. We just wrapped up our fifth Boot Camp and FFT-DC now has over 100 members.
Fuel For Truth has succeeded in DC because it offers young professionals a new paradigm of what it means to be an Israel advocacy organization. We offer an environment for young professionals to relax, learn, improve their persuasion skills, schmooze and socialize. We also give our members the ability to directly impact FFT’s operations. Other organizations are about supporting their bigger picture; our bigger picture is the individuals in our Boot Camps.
I didn’t fully appreciate the lack of knowledge many in the Jewish or pro-Israel community have about Israel until becoming involved in FFT. Most applicants, it appears, have not had formal or semi-formal education about Israel since high school or Hebrew school. Yet, we also have applicants and participants who have worked in the Israel advocacy world. Former IDF soldiers, former US Army soldiers, Israelis, and embassy personnel have all applied and many have gone through Boot Camp. Everyone seems to have a reason for why they can benefit from FFT, and then how they can contribute to its mission. And this is another highlight of my experience: the level to which Boot Campers become committed members. Many alumni have taken on volunteer roles and made them their own. They see FFT as a way to build a community, and a place where participants and alumni become fast friends.
I’ve been impressed with the ability of Boot Campers and alumni to operate in an extremely politically charged environment. During our Fall Boot Camp, we had participants who worked for the campaigns and organizations on both sides of the aisle. Most people in this city have strong political opinions, but when we come to FFT every Tuesday night, we agree on Israel’s importance and are seeking the facts to make informed opinions.
FFT has shown me that there are a lot more Zionists in such a small community than I first thought. I’ve met people whose paths I might not have otherwise crossed. I’ve come to realize that this city needs FFT just as much as FFT needs this city. Over the next year, we plan to hold community-wide events and partner with more established organizations. We have ambitions to reach out to the colleges and conduct programs tailored to students. We want to hold mini-Boot Camps for Capitol Hill staffers, journalists, and other niche professions. There is much work to do and plenty of opportunity to make FFT-DC a recognizable institution in this city. And we’ve only just begun.
ReCap: FFT Last Month
FFT-DC Discussion: 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War
FFT-DC held its “50th Anniversary of the Six Day War” event on June 29. The event brought together over 40 young professionals to hear Herb London, President of the London Center for Policy Research, and Shoshana Bryen, Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center, discuss the legacy and impact of the 1967 War. FFT-DC’s Daniel Flesch moderated the event.
Both scholars discussed how the creation of the Jewish state was crucial to their identities and how the geo-political landscape has changed since the 1967 Six-Day War. Mr. London explained that the successive wars Israel fought were to protect the Jewish state. While the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) fought previous engagements, today diplomacy is the main “front.” Mrs. Bryen discussed the importance of United Nations (UN) Resolution 242. She described this resolution as the “linchpin document” for Israel in the UN because it narrates the correct story of the Arab-Israeli War and it guarantees security and grants recognition of sovereignty for Israel. The panelists also took questions from FFT-DC alumni and other attendees.
FFT-NYC Party for Truth
FFT-NYC's Party For Truth took place on June 7th with over 200 tickets sold. FFT Alumni, Boot Camp members, supporters, and pro-Israel young professionals came together to enjoy food, drinks, tunes by DJ Yuriy Good, and awesome silent auction items. The party raised over $10,000 to help fund the NYC Boot Camp program. Congratulations to our newest class of Boot Camp graduates on becoming FFT members and hosting an awesome party for the entire FFT community!
ReLearn: Advocacy Tips & Resources
Facts are an integral component of advocacy; however, we also must recognize the importance of emotions. Advocacy conversations do not just involve emotions, at their very core they are about emotions. As advocates, we need to address the unmet core emotional needs of those we’re talking to. This means respecting their autonomy and role in the conversation and expressing appreciation for their perspectives. We need to uplift positive emotional stories and narrative.
Ron's Book Selection
The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership
by Yehuda Avner
The Prime Ministers is the first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day.
It reveals stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, top-secret military operations and high level peace negotiations. The Prime Ministers brings readers into the orbits of world figures, including Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Written in a captivating literary style by a political adviser, speechwriter, and diplomat, The Prime Ministers is an enthralling political memoir, and a precisely crafted prism through which to view current Middle East affairs. The Prime Ministers is the basis of a major documentary produced by Moriah Films, the Academy Award-winning film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
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Daniel Flesch - FFT-DC Executive Director
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The Newsletter Team - Tali Schwartz, Ariel Kreisler, Zach Schaffer, Arielle Holstein, Sam Wechsler