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The American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) U.S. based organization established in 1993 "to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship."[3]

The American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise logo.jpg
Founded 1993[1]
Founder Mitchell Bard
Key people
Howard Rosenbloom (President)
Mitchell G. Bard (Executive Director)
Dr. Arthur Bard (Vice President)
Dr. Daniel Lieber (Secretary)
Norman Goldstein (Treasurer)[2]


Organization structureEdit

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. According to its mission statement, AICE aims to provide a vehicle for research, study and discussion between the peoples and governments of the United States and Israel; to facilitate of partnership between both nations; organize and publish joint activities that benefit the two; and provide resources, material, and more to promote scholarship in the field of Israel studies.[4]

Over the years, AICE's material has been cited by news and media outlets such as CNN,[5] Yahoo news,[6] Haaretz,[7], USA Today[8] and others.

A member of the Israel on Campus Coalition,[9] AICE is independently supported by donations from various foundations and individuals.[10] Shlomo Avineri, Gerald Steinberg, Joshua Teitelbaum,[11] Bernice Manocherian[12] are among the organization's board members.


AICE maintains a database that containing joint U.S.-Israel activities. The database includes recipients of grants from the Binational Science Foundation (BSF), the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Foundation (BARD) and the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD).[4] Its Economic Partnership Databank contains information on more than 10,000 U.S. companies doing business in or with Israel. 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 LibraryEdit

A division of AICE[13] and its largest project, the Jewish Virtual Library ("JVL") is an online encyclopedia covering Israel, the Jewish people, culture, history, and everything from Anti Semitism to Zionism.[14][15]

Visiting Israeli Professors (VIPs)Edit

AICE fellowship program, "Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professors",[16] brings Israeli academics to American campuses[17] in order to ensure that expertise in the field will continue to be available from Israel while expanding within the United States. Visiting Israeli professors come from the Israeli universities Hebrew University, University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University, and Bar Ilan University. In 2008, AICE financially assisted 29 Israelis (26 professors and three postdoctoral fellows) offering 70 courses in 27 universities throughout the United States and a further 11 graduate fellows and two postdoctoral research fellows. In the 2014-15 academic year, AICE reportedly selected 20 VIPs.[18]

Other ProjectsEdit

AICE's initiatives also include:

  • The Dream Team Initiative and Campus Intelligence Project: An initiative created with the purpose of countering the boycott Israel movement and other attacks against Israel, and investigating the subject.
  • Joe’s Israel: A social media campaign launched on the web, which provides a platform to empower college students in North America for a dialogue on Israel.[21]
  • "The Israel Calendar": A web-based calendar, was designed to provide the pro-Israel community a monthly focus to structure Israel activism on college campuses and in Jewish communities.[22]


Books published by the American–Israeli Cooperative Enterprise include:[23]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Arnold Dashefsky; Ira M. Sheskin (3 February 2016). American Jewish Year Book 2015: The Annual Record of the North American Jewish Communities. Springer. pp. 525–. ISBN 978-3-319-24505-8. 
  2. ^ "Board of Directors". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved December 31, 2017. 
  3. ^ "American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise". Crunchbase. Retrieved December 31, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "About AICE". JVL. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rabbi, wife 'spread Jewish pride' in Mumbai". CNN - Asia. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Vasilogambros, Matt (January 28, 2013). "Could John Kerry Broker a Mideast Peace Deal? Probably Not". Yahoo. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Neistat, Aimee (March 22, 2012). "Israeli photo exhibition opens a window into the lives of Georgian Jews". Haaretz. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jerusalem timeline: a city rich with history, steeped in change". USA TODAY. June 8, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Tenured or Tenduous: Defining the Role of Faculty in Supporting Israel on Campus" (PDF). JVL. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "AICE Conference Participant Bios 2013-2014" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "AICE - board of directors". Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Mora, Edwin (March 28, 2017). "In Rare Move, Pakistan Allows 'Last Jew in Pakistan' to Legally Practice His Faith". Breitbart. Retrieved December 31, 2017. 
  14. ^ "What is". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "THE AMERICAN–ISRAELI COOPERATIVE ENTERPRIS". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Israel". Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "The year BDS became the number one concern for American Jews". December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2017. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "iranintelligence - About". Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "STOPBDS.COM and BDS Cookbook Developed to Fight Boycotts on Campuses". Jewish National Fund. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  21. ^ Andre Oboler (September 3, 2012). "Joe's Israel: Empowerment through Social Media". Jpost. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "The Israel Calendar - About". Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "AICE - Publications". Retrieved 5 February 2014.