About Us



The Bob and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative was created to deal with a number of efforts both locally and abroad.

These efforts include:

 Advocate for peace and security in Israel through education, information and community awareness.

 Raise awareness of and actively confront anti-Semitism and radical Islam on a global level.

● Directly address anti-Israel activities in Sarasota-Manatee.


IAI will make these efforts through: Educational programs, community outreach and partnerships with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and public officials.
IAI hopes to engage Jews and non-Jews in Israel 3-D: Demonization, Double Standards & Delegitimization

"On one side are Israel's enemies like the Iranian regime - which denies the Holocaust and calls for Israel to be 'wiped off the map' while actively developing the means to do so. On the other side is a response of international silence, coupled with a growing willingness by goverments and media alike to discuss Israel's existence as a mistake, an anachronism, or a historical provocation." 
~ Howard Tevlowitz, Federation Executive Director

The IAI chair is: Rabbi Howard Simon.
The BDS chair is: Jack Steenberger 

Special thanks to Robert & Esther Heller for their unwavering support for Israel and the Jewish people.