Update: National Security & Global Affairs Task Force June 2012
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Update: National Security & Global Affairs Task Force June 2012

The focus operation this month within Reut's National Security and Global Affairs Sphere advanced our work to promote the role of Israelis abroad as catalysts of Jewish peoplehood.

National Security and Global Affairs
Impact and Activities Update

The focus operation this month within Reut's National Security and Global Affairs Taskforce advanced our work to promote the role of Israelis abroad as catalysts of Jewish peoplehood. Alissa Littmann and Eran Shayshon conducted a 10-day study visit to the Toronto, CA and interviewed more than 40 community leaders, activists, and experts on this subject. The focus of this trip was on understanding what it means to build a thriving Israeli community, with a strong connection to both the Toronto Jewish community and the state of Israel. We believe this work will bring value in the context of countering the assault on Israel's legitimacy and promoting Tikkun Olam. The report on this visit will shortly be published.

We are also happy to welcome two outstanding interns to the taskforce, Sybil Ottenstein and Yoav Schaefer, who will be working with us throughout the summer and who have already contributed greatly to our work.

Delegitimization Challenge

The Reut team is continuing to work to cultivate a response to the global assault on Israel's legitimacy. Reut's CEO, Roy Keidar, participated in a government forum that brought together Jewish leaders from all over the world to cultivate an effective response to meet this challenge. We continued to meet with government officials and conducted several seminars with groups of students and activists spending time in Israel on special programs. Eran Shayshon and Yoav Schaefer participated in a StandWithUs advocacy seminar to prepare Israeli students for their studies abroad.

We also completed, and circulated to a select group of professionals, a first draft report on findings on the political assault on Israel in Toronto, which is based on our study visit there that took place in We expect to release the final draft shortly.

Tikkun Olam

The team's efforts this month focused on engaging key stakeholders in Israel and the Jewish world and developing operational strategies in key areas. In particular, the Tikkun Olam team focused on building cooperation and partnerships with leaders and senior executives of leading organizations and initiatives in the U.S., UK, and Israel. We made significant progress in talks with a leading U.S-based Jewish organization involved in international development work, an Israeli policy advisor, an institution that promotes research on the connection between Jewish values and humanitarian service and that implements Tikkun Olam projects in more than two dozen countries, a former U.S. government representative heading entrepreneurship initiatives, and an influential Jewish spiritual leader. In parallel, the team has undertaken a targeted knowledge creation effort aimed at developing structural and functional parameters for the leadership mechanism that can guide a Jewish and Israeli, high-impact Tikkun Olam mission.

Jewish World

Aside from our Toronto project (see above), the team has been continuing work with key organizations, with the aim of aiding their shift to the new paradigm in relations between Israel and the Jewish world. The team worked with the JCCA to run regular webinar sessions throughout the year, based on the six pillars of a renewed Israel-Jewish world relationship, and this week is facilitating and presenting at the closing session of their year-long process, and opening the first session of next year's program.