Monday, December 8, 2014

Deadline for JITLI 2015 Is Closing Soon

By Ian Kornfeld - 2015 JITLI Teen Counselor 

Founded in 2000 with the assistance of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs International Teen Leadership Institute (JITLI) has quickly become one of the most highly regarded and selective programs offered to Jewish teenagers in San Diego. The Institute realizes the vision of its founders to create a program dedicated to the education and leadership development of young people in the context of interaction with other cultures.

JITLI is a year long educational leadership program that culminates in an unique and unforgettable trip to the State of Israel. This experience offers San Diego participants the chance to travel and form lasting connections with Israeli teenagers from three drastically different communities. Each year JITLI consists of 10 American Jews from San Diego, 10 Israeli Jews from Sha'ar HaNegev and 20 Arab-Israelis from the communities of Lakiya and Segev Shalom.

Participants are also expected to attend periodic meetings in the months leading up to their summer experience. These meetings serve to prepare for the trip, develop leadership and communication skills, promote education and discussion on contemporary and historic issues relating to Judaism and Israel, and to bond the San Diego participants into one cohesive group.

JITLI is currently accepting applications from Jewish 11th graders living in the San Diego area. Applications can be submitted at and are due before December 24th, 2014. Parents and potential participants can contact for questions about the program.

Ian Kornfeld, is a senior at Coronado High School and was a participant in last year's JITLI program. He is honored to have been chosen as this year's teen JITLI counselor for San Diego.  


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