American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
|Howard Rosenbloom (President)
Dr. Dr. Daniel Lieber (Vice President)
Mitchell G. Bard (Executive Director)
Zachary Scheinerman, Hanan Alexander, Shlomo Avineri, Gerald Steinberg, Joshua Teitelbaum, Bernice Manocherian
The American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) is a non-profit non-partisan 501(c)(3) U.S. based organization established in 1993 "to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship by emphasizing the fundamentals of the alliance."
AICE Executive Director is foreign policy analyst Mitchell G. Bard, a former editor of the Near East Report, a weekly newsletter published by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and the author of many books. AICE has been praised and cited by major news networks, including CNN, Yahoo news, Haaretz, and others. A member of the Israel on Campus Coalition, AICE is independently supported by donations from various foundations and individuals.
AICE's goals are enhancing the understanding and appreciation of Israel through social and educational programs in the United States, disseminating information about Israel; aiding efforts of students and faculty attempting to counteract anti-Zionist rhetoric and activities; promoting the study of Israel’s political system, culture, and society; and developing American universities’ appreciation of Israel as a subject worthy of serious attention. AICE's goals also include highlighting areas where Israel might contribute to the betterment of America, and publishing studies to identify specific programs and approaches that can benefit Americans. Its mission statement is:
- To provide a vehicle for the research, study, discussion and exchange of views concerning nonmilitary cooperation (Shared Value Initiatives) between the peoples and governments of the United States and Israel.
- To facilitate the formation of partnerships between Israelis and Americans.
- To publicize joint activities, and the benefits accruing to America and Israel from them.
- To explore issues of common historical interest to the peoples and governments of the United States and Israel.
- To sponsor research, conferences and documentaries.
- To serve as a clearinghouse on joint U.S.-Israeli activities.
- To provide educational materials on Jewish history and culture.
- To promote scholarship in the field of Israel studies.
Projects and activities
Accroding to AICE, it has built and maintains a database that contains all joint U.S.-Israel activities conducted on both a governmental and non-governmental level. The database contains more than 4,000 entries, including all recipients of grants from the three binational foundations: the Binational Science Foundation (BSF), the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Foundation (BARD) and the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD). Its Economic Partnership Databank contains information on more than 10,000 U.S. companies doing business in or with Israel, and is the most sophisticated and comprehensive collection of data on U.S.-Israel cooperation. To address the critical need to develop new scholars and place established Israel scholars on campus, AICE has created the Israel Scholar Development Fund (ISDF). Some of their other major projects include bringing Israeli professors to teach Israel-related courses on U.S campuses, supporting visiting Israeli scholars teaching in the US.
Jewish Virtual Library
AICE's largest and most notable project is the Jewish Virtual Library (JVL), an online encyclopedia covering Israel, the Jewish people, Jewish culture, Jewish history, and everything from anti-Semitism to Zionism. The Jewish Virtual Library claims to be the most comprehensive online Jewish encyclopedia in the world. Containing over 26,000 articles and 7,000 photographs and maps, the Library has 13 wings: History, Women, The Holocaust, Travel, Israel & The States, Maps, Politics, Biography, Israel, Religion, Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress, Vital Statistics and Reference. Each of these has numerous subcategories.
Visiting Israeli Professors (VIPs)
The purpose of the AICE fellowships (Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professors and the postdoctoral teaching fellows) for both the Israeli postdocs and U.S. graduate students is to further the development of future professors of Israel studies and ensure that expertise in the field will continue to be available from Israel while expanding within the United States. The primary goal of the postdoctoral fellowships initiative is to advance the professional development of recent Israeli PhDs, thereby creating a future cadre of Israel studies professors, helping many graduate scholars.
AICE has organized and implemented a program that brings Visiting Israeli Professors (VIPs) and postdoctoral fellows to the United States and supports graduate students working in the field of Israel studies. AICE draws visiting professors from preeminent Israeli universities: Hebrew University, University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University, and Bar Ilan University, and those who meet high academic requirements, many of whom with degrees from universities such as Oxford, Harvard, and Stanford; and have previous experience studying or teaching in U.S. universities. There are different categories assigned by the research team based on title and goals listed by the Visiting Israeli Professor and the Postdoctoral Fellows.
In 2008, AICE had 29 visiting senior scholars and postdoctoral teaching fellows offering 70 courses in 27 universities throughout the United States, 11 graduate fellows and two postdoctoral research fellows in a range of top-tier academic institutions. AICE arranged for 29 Israelis, 26 professors and three postdoctoral fellows, to teach in U.S. institutions in 2007-08, which tripled the number of universities with Visiting Israeli Professors and teaching postdoctoral appointments from the previous year. During that year, AICE also hired public relations consultants to help visiting professors.
AICE has fully implemented its program and reportedly demonstrated a clear record of accomplishments. AICE has succeeded in placing highly qualified VIPs at a variety of campuses. The Visiting Israeli Professors (VIPs) impact on the program were reportedly achieved by offering courses that provide high quality learning experiences, exposing faculty and students to the human side of Israel as well as to Israeli scholarship, and disseminating education about Israel throughout universities and local communities. VIPs activity reports and interviews with chairs of host departments elucidate ways in which the visiting professors have achieved these objectives: delivering academically rigorous courses about Israel, working with students outside of class in advisory roles, helping educate the faculty of their departments about Israel and Israelis, and enriching the discourse about Israel on and off campus through guest lectures and media appearances and contributions.
"AICE has established a record of impressive achievements. As a result of AICE initiatives, Israel has moved from its place as an isolated “extra-curricular” topic into mainstream classrooms and core curricula. In addition, the way Israel is discussed on college campuses has shifted. AICE programs have succeeded in incorporating rigorous scholarship and debate into discussions on Israel that were previously dominated by polemical hyperbole. It is still too early to know the ways in which the program is affecting individual students but, as the following report documents, the climate of college campuses and their surrounding communities has clearly been profoundly affected by AICE’s efforts."
In the 2014-15 academic year, AICE will reportedly have 20 VIPs.
Intelligence on Iran
Directed by Eli Berman, the Intelligence on Iran claims that their "project provides expert analysis, primary and secondary source material, and a vast news archive covering all the major aspects and issues related to the Iranian drive for nuclear weapons".
Launched in 2010, the "Stop BDS project" is an online resource for students on campus and a resource for those who wish to fight the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in their communities and engage in a dialogue of reconciliation, tolerance and peace in the Middle East.
The Israel Calendar
"The Israel Calendar", a web-based calendar, was designed to provide the pro-Israel community a clear area of focus each month to structure Israel activism on college campuses and in Jewish communities. Its goal is "to create opportunities for cooperation and collaboration across campuses, communities and countries and encourage everyone to be talking about similar aspects of Israel at the same time to reinforce positive messages."
Books published by the American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise include:
- Mitchell Geoffrey Bard (2006). Myths And Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict. American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. ISBN 978-0-9712945-4-7.
- Mitchell Geoffrey Bard; Jeff Dawson; American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (2012). Israel and the Campus: The Real Story. American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.*
- Mitchell Geoffrey Bard; Israel on Campus Coalition; American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (2004). Tenured Or Tenuous: Defining the Role of Faculty in Supporting Israel on Campus. Israel on Campus Coalition.
- Irvin M. Asher (1995). Breakthrough Dividend: Israeli Innovations in Biotechnology that Could Benefit Americans. American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.
- "Little Anti-Israel Activity On Campus". The Jewish Week. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Shoshana S. Cardin - Board of Trustees". Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "Howard Rosenbloom Named Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Shoshana S. Cardin School". Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "Zachary Scheinerman's profile". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "AICE Conference Participant Bios 2013-2014". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "AICE - board of directors". Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- Sandomir, Richard (June 19, 2005). "Trade You One Babe Ruth for Two Arthur Balfours?". New York Times. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "About AICE". JVL. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- Bard, Mitchell (June 15, 2001). "Empty slogans don’t help Israel - The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
- "Mitchell Bard - Books". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Rabbi, wife 'spread Jewish pride' in Mumbai". CNN - Asia. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Vasilogambros, Matt (January 28, 2013). "Could John Kerry Broker a Mideast Peace Deal? Probably Not". Yahoo. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Neistat, Aimee (March 22, 2012). "Israeli photo exhibition opens a window into the lives of Georgian Jews". Haaretz. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "Tenured or Tenduous: Defining the Role of Faculty in Supporting Israel on Campus". JVL. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Koren, Annette (September 2008). "Advancing Israel Studies in U.S. Universities 2005-2008: The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise". Brandeis University. Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "What is Jewishvirtuallibrary.org?". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "THE AMERICAN–ISRAELI COOPERATIVE ENTERPRIS". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "Israel". Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "iranintelligence - About". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "STOPBDS.COM and BDS Cookbook Developed to Fight Boycotts on Campuses". Jewish National Fund. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Andre Oboler (September 3, 2012). "Joe’s Israel: Empowerment through Social Media". Jpost. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "The Israel Calendar - About". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "AICE - Publications". Retrieved 5 February 2014.