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Welcome to AFCLI!

  American Foundation Creating Leadership for Israel

  “The newest voice for Americans for Israel”
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It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Lou Balcher, Founder and Executive Director of AFCLI, is now in home hospice and is being cared for by family and friends.

We are extremely proud and appreciative for everything Lou has accomplished in the American Jewish community.  At the end of 2021, he was lively and schmoozing with people at the AIC conference in Florida.

The AFCLI Board of Directors and Lou’s family plan to continue his mission of developing leadership for the American Jewish community.  More details will be posted here at a later time.

We appreciate all prayers for Lou’s comfort and peaceful transition.

To make a donation to AFCLI, please use this form.


  • We were created in the Spring of 2021 for a fresh outlook on improving the relationship between America and Israel
  • We have a national board of recognized leaders and do-ers who demonstrate a love for Israel
  • We develop leadership for the future support of Israel
  • We emphasize collaborations among national Jewish and Israel support organizations

Our Objectives

  1. Building a bridge of connection between America and Israel through AFCLI creative and collaborative programming
  2. Focusing on young leadership development to guarantee a future of Jewish connection to Israel
  3. Building collaborations with national Jewish and Israel support organizations
  4. Fundraising for Israeli medical innovation projects and American young leadership projects, in collaboration with our national partners and philanthropic leadership

What We Do

Creative Programming and Leadership in Zoom Events

See our recent events

Our Launch Event

“Miracle at Entebbe” – American National Community Commemoration – 45th Anniversary – Monday July 5, 2021

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