More than 400 Israeli-American and Jewish-American students will gather to learn, engage, and teach at the largest-ever Israeli-American Council Mishelanu Leadership Conference, set to fun from February 17 to 19 in Los Angeles.

The conference has doubled in size, reflecting the overall growth of IAC Mishelanu, which now includes more than 1,000 students on 100 campuses in 17 states.

Mishelanu aims to bridge the gaps between Israeli-American and Jewish-American college students, serving as a hub and a home for both communities. The students explore and strengthen their Israeli, American, and Jewish identities through Israeli culture, Hebrew language, Israeli- and American-style Judaism, and shared heritage and activism.

To encourage further connection, this year the conference will include student-led activities such as “Students Speak,” short TED-style talks about Jewish life on campus, and U.S.-Israel relations, as well as social activities with a purpose, such as “Madah Al HaBar,” in partnership with ScienceAbroad, which will bring Israeli-American post-doctorals and professors together with students interested in science.

The conference will include breakout sessions on initiative-building, networking, policy and political organizing, strategic leadership, social media campaigning, Israeli-American media, and even Israeli music.

Over the last 10 years, the IAC, headquartered in Los Angeles, has grown to include 12 regional offices, including one at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly. It is among the fastest growing Jewish organizations in America.

For information about the Israeli- American Council, go to www.israeliamerican.org. For conference information, call (617) 795-3400, ext. 205, or email shani@israeliamerican.org.