ACCESS: Global Action for a New Generation


ACCESS logoACCESS Chicago is a cadre of young Jewish professionals interested in being diplomats and advocates to international, religious, and civic leaders around issues of concern to the global Jewish community. We encourage you to learn more about and join ACCESS by visiting our website and Facebook page.


For information about ACCESS Chicago contact Jon Schweitzer 


What ACCESS Chicago Members are Saying


   Amy Katz   

 "I had the privilege of celebrating Polish Independence Day alongside the Polish Consul General and other local, national, and international leaders.  As a member of the AJC's ACCESS Chicago group I had an incredible opportunity to not only partake in this joyous celebration and to learn more about Poland's political history, but also to meet and mingle with other international diplomats.  It was a wonderful experience and one that reinforced the idea that we, as global citizens, have many more commonalities than we do differences." 


  Sara Shapiro

 "I was invited to join the American Jewish Committee at the 85th Anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.  With a background in social work and an emphasis on multiculturalism, this experience was truly meaningful in a number of ways.  Not only did I learn a lot from speaking with so many different consuls general, but I also felt the importance of being one of AJC's next generation of leaders.  I could feel the diplomats' excitement as they learned about this group of young Jews that are interested in international issues!  I encourage you to join the Chicago Chapter of AJC ACCESS to experience it for yourself!"


  Daniel Klaff

"This past October, I attended a reception at the home of AJC Board Members Maia and Jerry Mullin honoring Marica Matkovic, the outgoing Consul General of Croatia in Chicago who has since become the Croatian Ambassador to Israel.  At the event, I had the opportunity to meet Consul General Matkovic, her Deputy Consul General, as well as the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, Orli Gil.  I enjoyed meeting these diplomats, especially in a less formal and social setting, where I discussed affordable housing with Consul General Orli Gil, an area in which she has been active in the past."


Mat Bloom

"ACCESS provided me the opportunity to attend the Set America Free conference, which was a unique gathering of former national intelligence and security leaders who served under Clinton and Reagan, alternative energy innovators and entrepreneurs, journalists, business executives and activists.  Despite the participants' various backgrounds and sometimes conflicting political views, everyone shared the same goal that America achieve energy independence from oil.  The conference convincingly demonstrated the current existence of viable energy alternatives needed to provide us independence from oil, how the energy alternatives work, as well as how they can ultimately be implemented into the American way of life.  More importantly, the conference provided the tools and training to effectively advocate for policies and pursue energy independence at the local and federal level."