Y2I Alumni Lobby Congress on Israel

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Ten North Shore teens attended AIPAC’s High School Summit. Participants, from left, are: Abi Cohen, Andover; Ariel Friedman, Ariella and Gabe Salter, Swampscott; Trevor Brown, Georgetown; Ari Carlat, Newburyport; Zachary Levenson, Andrew Jacobson, Elizabeth Finer, Swampscott; and Rachel Maglio, Lynnfield.
Ten North Shore teens attended AIPAC’s High School Summit. Participants, from left, are: Abi Cohen, Andover; Ariel Friedman, Ariella and Gabe Salter, Swampscott; Trevor Brown, Georgetown; Ari Carlat, Newburyport; Zachary Levenson, Andrew Jacobson, Elizabeth Finer, Swampscott; and Rachel Maglio, Lynnfield.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ten North Shore teens, all alumni of the Lappin Foundation’s 2013 Youth to Israel Adventure, traveled to Washington, D.C., November 3-5 to join more than 400 Jewish teens from 181 U.S. high schools for the Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit, sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Teens attended workshops designed to educate and empower them to engage Congress by seeking support for a strong US-Israel relationship. The teens also had the opportunity to meet Congressman John Tierney.

"It is heartening to see how interested teens are in leadership development and advocacy," said Robert I. Lappin, president of the Lappin Foundation and founder and funder of Y2I, "The summit trains teens to turn their newly-discovered passion and love for Israel into becoming engaged and effective leaders of the American Jewish community."

Y2I sends about 100 teens to Israel every year. The delegation of 10 teens was one of the largest at this year’s summit. Close to 40 teens applied for the limited slots.

Y2I continues to develop substantive pre-and post trip programs, with the goal of preparing participants for leadership on college campuses and in Jewish communities.

In November, the Lappin Foundation launched a new Teen Israel Advocate program scheduled to meet once a month over the next four months.

"It is exciting to see how Y2I has evolved into a onestop program for North Shore Jewish teens that provides travel, social, learning and community service opportunities for North Shore Jewish teens," Lappin said.

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Ten North Shore teens attended AIPAC’s High School Summit. Participants, from left, are: Abi Cohen, Andover; Ariel Friedman, Ariella and Gabe Salter, Swampscott; Trevor Brown, Georgetown; Ari Carlat, Newburyport; Zachary Levenson, Andrew Jacobson, Elizabeth Finer, Swampscott; and Rachel Maglio, Lynnfield.

Ten North Shore teens attended AIPAC’s High School Summit. Participants, from left, are: Abi Cohen, Andover; Ariel Friedman, Ariella and Gabe Salter, Swampscott; Trevor Brown, Georgetown; Ari Carlat, Newburyport; Zachary Levenson, Andrew Jacobson, Elizabeth Finer, Swampscott; and Rachel Maglio, Lynnfield.

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