New York, NY September 3, 2009 - Thousands of university students across North America are once again receiving Israel-related news and opinion through the Israel Campus Beat, a bi-weekly e-mail resource from the Israel on Campus Coalition and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
The ICB features concise summaries of top news stories, analysis and opinion pieces from various points of view compiled from American, Israeli and international media, campus publications and think tanks with hyperlinks to the original sources. Student-authored articles and reports on current Israel-related issues and activities on campus are included along with links to informative Israel-related internet sites. The ICB is distributed every other Sunday; the current edition and ICB archives can be found on line at www.israelcampusbeat.org.
The ICB is geared especially to college students and campus professionals, as well as alumni, faculty and interested community members. A joint initiative of the Conference of Presidents and the ICC, the Israel Campus Beat is prepared by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. The ICB helps educate students by offering reliable information, context and perspective on vital issues of the day. Campuses have seen sharp increase in anti-Israel sentiment and activity and the return of the ICB is an important component of a broader coordinated program to help strengthen Israel advocates on campus.
Between its first launch in 2003 and 2007, the ICB's subscriber base grew to 50,000 students on nearly 1000 campuses across United States; its readership resided in 34 countries around world. The e-newsletter's readers also included staffers in US governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, Congressional offices and diplomatic embassies.
"The ICB is a companion to the Conference of Presidents' highly acclaimed daily Middle East information source, the Daily Alert," said Carolyn Greene, Conference of Presidents Associate Executive Director. "The Daily Alert offers an international readership a broad scope of news and compelling commentary from around the world. Students need an additional resource geared to their particular needs, as well as access to news and opinion from their peers on campus," she noted.
"The Israel Campus Beat is particularly unique because it provides student journalists with a national media outlet for discussion of campus Israel issues," said Tamara Sharon, Senior Associate for Operations at the Israel on Campus Coalition. "We are thrilled to re-launch this project and hope that many students take full advantage of the ICB and use it as a resource for pro-Israel activism on campus."
The Israel on Campus Coalition is a partnership of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, in cooperation with a network of 34 national organizations committed to promoting Israel education and advocacy on university campuses across America.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations speaks for organized American Jewry on vital issues of international and national concern. Representing 52 national Jewish organizations, the Conference provides a common voice for affiliated American Jews from across the political and religious spectrum, forging diverse groups into a powerful, unified force for Israel's survival, and for protecting and enhancing the security and dignity of Jews abroad.
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is an independent non-profit institute for policy research and education that seeks to influence global opinion on key issues affecting Israel's security and international standing.