Federation campaign director named Israel Policy Forum fellow

Israel Policy Forum has announced its 2020 cohort of Charles Bronfman IPF Atid Conveners, and Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley’s Director of Campaign and Security Planning Aaron Gorodzinsky has been chosen as one of them. This group of young professional leaders will receive training on pragmatic policy and modeling informed discourse in order to make them sharper analysts and more confident champions of a sustainable two-state solution.

Gorodzinsky and the rest of this year’s Charles Bronfman Conveners were selected via a rigorous application process and represent a diverse group of academics, entrepreneurs, lawyers, writers, Jewish communal leaders and policy professionals. Many have strong connections with major North American Jewish community institutions, including ADL, the American Jewish Committee, Hillel, IsraAID, Jewish Community Relations Councils and Jewish Federations of North America. 

“This is a very well-deserved and earned honor that brings pride to Aaron, to the Jewish Federation and to our community,” said Federation Executive Director Jeri Zimmerman.

Gorodzinsky manages the Lehigh Valley Federation’s Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs, the Community Relations Council and Partnership2Gether. A native of Mexico City, he came to the Lehigh Valley after receiving his master’s degree from the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College – JIR, where he interned for the ADL and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. 

As with previous cohorts, this year’s Conveners will meet with current and former senior government officials and top policy analysts from the U.S. and the region, as well as American Jewish community leaders. They will also participate in professional and leadership development workshops.

Upon completion of the program’s signature summit, Conveners will each develop their own projects. These initiatives bring the lessons Conveners learned home, building support for a viable two-state solution and a more nuanced dialogue on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in their respective communities.

Now in its third year, the IPF Atid Charles Bronfman Conveners program empowers emerging Jewish community and policy leaders by equipping them with the resources to advance Israel Policy Forum’s vision of a Jewish, democratic and secure Israel. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s summit will take place virtually, with ongoing opportunities for Conveners to engage with one another remotely.