ReFuel - September 2018: Summer's Over, Back To Work

Welcome to ReFuel, the monthly newsletter of ZOA's Fuel For Truth. Check your inbox on the first Tuesday of each month to find out what's happening in the FFT universe. Let us know what you love/hate by reaching out to Arielle Holstein.

ReConnect: Announcements & Events


On behalf of the entire 700+ members of the FFT community, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and sweet new year.



We are happy to announce that the inaugural Chicago Boot Camp class will take place in Wrigleyville on Thursdays, November 1 - December 6, 6:30 - 9:00 PM.

We will be holding an info session in early October for prospective participants and community members so they can learn more about the program and how it will revolutionize the Jewish and pro-Israel landscape in the Windy City. The date and registration info will be announced in the next two weeks, so keep an eye on your inbox.

Boot Camp


Over 100 prospective participants have already applied for our upcoming Boot Camp classes in October and November! Seating is limited for each class and we review applications on a first-come-first-serve basis, so spread the word to your friends and family and tell them now is the time to apply. Learn more and apply here or go straight to the application below.








ZOA Gala Promo
ZOA Gala Speakers Promo


The fall's biggest gathering of Zionists is just two months away! Join us and hundreds of others for the ZOA's Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award Dinner, aka ZOA Gala, aka Zionist Prom, to celebrate Israel and honor some of the most committed supporters of the Jewish state.

Amb. John Bolton, United States National Security Adivsor
Amb. Danny Danon, Israel's Permanent Representative to the UN
Amb. Richard Grenell, United States Ambassador to Germany
Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor & The Case For Israel author

Sunday, November 4
4:30 - 10:30 PM
Marriott Marquis Hotel
1535 Broadway, NYC

**Special drink reception for young professionals following the program**


FFT Members: Check out the FFT Members-Only Facebook group for your city or email Justin Ellis to learn about your special rate

Non-FFT Members: Register here for general admission, as well as discounted young professional and student tickets


ReCap: August 2018


More than 90 young professionals came out to enjoy a beautiful summer evening on the roof of the Revere Hotel near the Boston Common to schmooze with other members of the pro-Israel community and to learn more about our Boot Camp program. Special thanks to CAMERA Boston Young Leadership for co-sponsoring an amazing time. Check out more photos from the party here.

FFT NYC Happy Hour


Going through Boot Camp is more than just taking a class; it's becoming part of a community and something bigger than yourself. Members of our NYC community gathered at The Chester to enjoy refreshments, an evening summer breeze, and, of course, the company of close friends.

ReTold: Annual Reflections

In honor of Rosh Hashanah we thought it would be a special opportunity for you to hear from some of the voices who were impacted by the FFT Boot Camp experience over the past year.

Jon Harari
"Fuel For Truth is awesome. I learned a tremendous amount and think the content is necessary for everyone to learn. It really opened up my way of thinking about Israel and the challenges it faces regarding how it is perceived in the world. I also didn't realize how close and fun the Fuel For Truth community is and enjoyed socializing after class. I highly recommend Boot Camp and already recruited a bunch of friends to sign up for the next class."

Liel Asulin
"I participated in the most recent Fuel For Truth cohort in Boston. As a professional, working in the world of Israel education, I can honestly say that my experience in the class was invaluable. Of course the course provided me the opportunity to review the history of Israel, but it also went a step further. By taking the time teach the techniques and strategies that allow us to best communicate our message to those around us, FFT gave the entire cohort the tangible skills necessary to effectively tell Israel’s story. In my eyes, this approach is unique to FFT and is the very thing that will lead to its continued success. Of course, my experience outside of the classroom was just as important as my time inside. Fuel For Truth gave me the chance to meet like-minded young adults in Boston who I can honestly say have become some of my best friends in the city. I know in my class alone, my peers were able to make business connections, form close friendships, and yes, even find love. Participating in this course has connected me to a network of FFT alumni in an ever-expanding number of cities. We are connected instantly by a love of Israel and from there, forming meaningful connections is a small step away. I am honored to have been chosen to participate in this course. It has allowed me to grow both personally and socially, and I truly believe that Fuel For Truth has and will continue to unite a community of young adults around their love for Israel and each other."

Janice Hussain
"Coming from both Muslim and Jewish heritage, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an issue that I'm highly interested in. Engaging in the Israeli/Palestinian debate is not helpful (nor does it benefit Israel) if you don't know how best to approach these often heated conversations. FFT teaches you not only the information needed to discuss the conflict accurately, but invaluable advocacy skills that will make an impact with Israel's detractors."

Caitlin Whittemore
"ZOA’s FFT Boot Camp class was an impactful way to stay informed on the geopolitics of Israel as it relates to 21st century topics of relevance. The class focused on taking a step back and being a good listener as the most important tool to building bridges. The role plays of potential conversations that could (and often do) occur in most of our everyday lives were especially helpful guides on how to take a difficult conversation and turn it into a positive interaction. My favorite part of the class was the diversity of political views held by everyone present, and how we still managed to come together and find common ground. It was refreshing to see a plethora of individuals, each with different experiences and reasons for being Zionists, learn to be Israel's allies together. In an increasingly partisan world, this class is a great example of what other organizations strive to do."    


ReLearn: Advocacy Tips & Resources

Advocacy Tip
Your initial goal is never to change someone's mind. It is to understand another person, to be liked by them, and to cultivate affinity and trust. Once you know who you are talking toand once the other person likes and trusts youthe persuasion really begins.

Ron's Book Selection

JabotinskyBlind Jump: The Story of Shaike Dan

by Rudolph Steiner

Blind Jump is the story of the amazing exploits of Shaike Dan. During World War II, Shaike Dan volunteered to parachute behind enemy lines in Romania on behalf of British Intelligence. 

His jump had two objectives: to locate the prison camp where 1,400 Allied Air Force crewman, downed when bombing the Ploesti oil fields in Romania, were being held, and also to find ways to get them out of Romania so that they could go back into action and resume their contribution to the war effort. The second objective was to try to rescue Jews from Eastern Europe and get them to Palestine. Thus began his remarkable career of rescuing Jews behind the Iron Curtain, an endeavor that continued almost up to the very present.

What to Watch

The SettlersUnsettled

In 2005, the Israeli government decides to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. The choice impacts all who live in the embattled region, and it earns a variety of reactions.

Some people, like Ye'ela, whose sister was killed by Palestinians, supports the decision, while others, like Neta, a young filmmaker who believes the Gaza Strip belongs to Israel, are staunchly opposed. Regardless of their stance, however, soldiers are charged with forcing other Israeli citizens out of their homes.  


RePost: Articles Published By FFT Members

TOIThe Democratic Party Must Say a Loud NO to Anti-Semitism!

by Daniel Brooks, NYC Boot Camp graduate & class instructor - August 18, 2018

"The Democratic Party is at a crossroads. The rift between centrist democrats and a growing movement of more leftwing progressives threatens to divide the party. This growing progressive movement has also produced another threat to party unity: anti-Semitism."



TOIThe Burning Issue—Israel's Fire Kite Dilemma

by Michael Yadov, NYC Boot Camp graduate & class instructor - Aug 19, 2018

"In the zero-sum game in which a significant portion of the Palestinian society appears to be mired, anything that inflicts damage on Israel is considered acceptable. Thus, the Gazans have embraced environmental terrorism without regard for their own well-being (as neighbors) and without reverence for the land to which they claim they want to return."



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