Our Work

L to R: Ken Kahan, Member of Board of Directors; Gary Jacobs, Chair of International Relations; Rabbi Mark Diamond, former Regional Director; Ambassador Yeon-sung Shin, Consul General of Korea

The International Relations (IR) Program of AJC seeks to foster productive dialogue and good relations with diplomats posted in Los Angeles. Because of AJC’s well-earned reputation as a trusted partner, we have a unique opportunity to befriend, inform and advocate with the consuls general and their staff during their time in Los Angeles. Our objective is simple; to create a positive image of Jews, the American Jewish community and AJC. Additionally, the relationships we build enable us to communicate AJC’s concerns on issues of critical importance to the American Jewish community. Thanks to our efforts AJC is the preeminent Jewish organization dealing with international affairs locally in Los Angeles.

International Relations Program

Marcie Goldstein, Chair   Julie Bram, Vice Chair  
Gosia S. Weiss, Associate Regional Director

A lunch briefing with His Excellency György Szapáry, Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S.

Over the past year, our International Relations program fostered relationships with diplomats from 38 Countries, including Australia, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa , Switzerland, Thailand, Togo and the United Kingdom. Our advocacy efforts included supporting Israel in the wake of Operation Pillar of Defense, addressing Iran's nuclear threat through advocating for increased sanctions, and advocating for the inclusion of Hezbollah on the EU terrorist organizations list.

For more information or to become involved with AJC-LA's International Relations program, please contact Gosia S. Weiss, Associate Regional Director, at weissg@ajc.org or (310) 282-8080.