Twenty young Australians visiting Israel on IBC, AUJS Aviv or Bnei Akiva shnat Masa programs dedicated three days to an intensive seminar, preparing them to be activists and advocates for Israel upon their return to Australia.
The future of Australia’s Israel advocacy activity now looks even stronger, following the second instalment of the Zionist Federation of Australia’s Israel Advocacy Seminar for long term Israel program participants.
The seminar program was developed and implemented in conjunction with Michelle Rojas Tal from StandWithUS, who has visited Australia several times in recent years, impressing us with her knowledge and ability to present Israel’s case.
As advocacy evolves from newsprint to new media, the session from Neil Lazarus on Digital Diplomacy was crucial. Not only did Neil sketch the map of the new media, he provided tools to not only navigate within it, and also direct the agendas. By the end of his session, participants had set up their own websites, newsfeeds and blogs.
Headline Media, a company specialising in training public speakers for television, worked with the participants on their presentation skills – getting the message right and presenting it in the best possible ways. Challenging them to be videoed and analysed, the session leaders took the participants to a new level of experience and confidence.
Aussie Oleh Mark Regev, who serves as PM Netanyahu’s advisor, tested the participants’ skills and responses in a high energy, interactive session.