Through its ‘people-to-people’ programs, the Cultural Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Israel supports a rich variety of cultural, educational, and professional exchange programs. Our public engagement activities span a wide variety of themes, including women’s empowerment, and youth leadership, entrepreneurship and employment opportunity, arts and culture, science and technology, sports diplomacy, and more. We also have programs to engage alumni of our many exchange programs.
The efforts of the Cultural Affairs Section contribute to goals such as enhancing educational opportunities and English language skills, promoting conflict mitigation and management, fostering shared society values and respect for diversity, promoting democratic values, enhancing the U.S.-Israel security partnership, and fostering mutual understanding among Israel’s wide diversity of communities as well as between the Israeli public and the American people. Many of these programs are focused on school children, NGOs, women’s organizations, young entrepreneurs, Model UN groups, current and future leaders, as well as leading experts, scholars, policy makers, and opinion leaders in academia, think tanks, and government. The Cultural Affairs Section administers several grants programs to support these many efforts. The Cultural Affairs Section also sponsors conferences, roundtables, art performances and workshops, and other outreach activities that address U.S. policy, U.S.-Israeli relations, regional affairs, terrorism, security issues, environment, health and American history, government, economics, culture and society.
The Cultural Affairs Section works from two offices: the U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Section, and the American Center in Jerusalem. The following links describe a number of programs that are led by each office.