In January ACCESS launched a global initiative which connected young global agents of change to leaders in the diplomatic community for thoughtful conversations on world events. This national collaboration will increase the impact ACCESS has on global Jewish diplomacy as never before.
Get first impressions of the Dinner with Italian Consul General, Mauro Battocchi in San Francisco...
“What an amazing opportunity, I cannot wait to come to the next dinner. Where can I learn more about AJC and how to get involved with diplomacy?” - Dinner attendee Evan Scher
"The Consul General spoke about Italian culture, industry, politics and economics. Learning about Italian resourcefulness and entrepreneurial dynamism helped us recognize and understand how Italy and Israel are natural partners in the world...In attending Dinner with a Diplomat last night, those gathered took a big step in helping to shape the international perception of the American Jewish community. They saw how AJC’s diplomatic work develops relationships, strengthen ties and fosters understanding. It is because of local action right here in the Bay Area that AJC is able to make a global impact." - Jennah Craig, Assistant Director at AJC, San Francisco Bay Area
...or the first Dinner with with Lithuanian Consul General to the Midwest Marijus Gudynas in Chicago...
“Spending an intimate social evening with a Consul General is a fantastic way to practice diplomacy. Dinner with a Diplomat provides an opportunity to begin building friendships with the diplomats living in our community, which can lay the foundation for more fruitful advocacy throughout the diplomat’s appointment. In addition to being a savvy way to conduct diplomacy, Dinner with a Diplomat is quite fun and a great way to build stronger connections with other ACCESS members.” - Aaron Rice, ACCESS Chicago Co-Chair & host of dinner with Lithuanian Consul General Marijus Gudynas
“As a Jew and someone interested in advancing Jewish causes, I recognize the importance of building personal relationships with members of other communities. The best relationships typically start by getting together in informal settings and learning about each other and our respective cultures. The Shabbat dinner with CG Gudynas is a terrific example of just such an occasion. I look forward to attending an event that celebrates Lithuanian culture and continuing to build a relationship with CG Gudynas and others in the Lithuanian community.” - David Rotenberg, ACCESS Chicago Steering Committee member
...or the first Dinner in Houston with the Egyptian Consul General, Alaa Issa:
Other dinners included:
...And coming in April: Dinner with a Community Partner.