Rachel is a reporter/contributor for the AJT and graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. After post graduate work at Columbia University, she teaches writing at Georgia State and hosts/produces cable programming. She can currently be seen on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters.
In recognition of their roles as young leaders and founding members of AJC’s LFT program, five LFT alumni (three students from LFT NYC and two from LFT Chicago) were invited to Jerusalem for a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in May.
Leaders for Tomorrow, which centers on issues affecting the Jewish people and Israel, is accepting applications until Friday, Aug. 18, from high school sophomores and juniors.
Applicants should be high achievers who are eager to learn about issues related to past and current Israeli affairs, challenges facing the global Jewish community, and anti-Semitism, among other topics.
While participants will learn about the issues, the program also focuses on teaching advocacy skills so today’s high school students will have the knowledge to educate others as they move into college and beyond.
Julie Katz, an AJC Goldman Bridge fellow, said the program is a prime opportunity for high school students to engage with issues they haven’t dealt with.
“LFT is really a great way for high-achieving high school students to gain insight on issues affecting Israel and the Jewish people, as well as gain critical advocacy and leadership skills,” she said.
LFT also fosters connections among teens in the Jewish community and provides some resources for their future.
Although the initiative is new to Atlanta, LFT succeeded in New York two years ago, then moved to Chicago last year.
The Atlanta program will consist of seven or eight training sessions at the AJC Atlanta office in Buckhead on Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m., beginning Oct. 15. The program is free for the students.
Admission is competitive and is limited to 25 to 30 students this year. Participants are selected based on the application and an interview.