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“More than 3,000 Israeli Americans gathered to celebrate “Israeliness” and to profess their unconditional support for the State of Israel at the fifth annual Israeli-American Council convention for three days in Hollywood, Fla.
A population of first- and second-generation Israelis soaring to more than 10 percent of the overall Jewish population in the United States—at 600,000 and growing—Israeli Americans now see themselves as a bridge that can help close the widening gap between the Israeli and American Jewish populations.
IAC chairman Adam Milstein told JNS: “We are a new power in the Jewish Diaspora. We are here to create a Zionist Diaspora. We are creating a community nationwide, from coast to coast with two big missions. The first is to ensure that our next generations are Israeli Americans, which includes being Jewish, and the second is to be a Zionist power that strengthens the State of Israel from abroad.”
Now in its 11th year—and its fifth as a national organization—the IAC has quickly burgeoned into one of the Jewish community’s most prominent organizations, with an annual conference that is now among one of the largest in the Jewish world.
For the IAC, the growth has come largely at the hands of philanthropists and mega-donors Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, who had already committed a substantial $63 million to the organization.”
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