Who We Are
Founded in 2016, the Association of Jewish Aerospace Professionals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement of equal opportinities for minorities in aerospace industry. We provide year-round resources to assist jewish professionals in aviation and to encourage young members to consider aviation as a career. AJAP offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members and young people nationally and internationally. Collectively, we seek to promote increased diversity in aerospace and aviation industries through training, mentoring and scholarships, while honoring the achievements of pioneers in aviation through our organization and jewish community.
AJAP promotes public understanding of the accomplishments and contributions of Jewish people in aviation. This includes historic notables such as Milton Rubenfeld, a former stunt pilot who served in the British Royal Air Force and the U.S. Air Force in World War II, flew on a critical combat mission that stopped the advancing Iraqi army; Lou Lenart, who led the IAF’s first combat mission on May 29, 1948; Sir Ben Lockspeiser, who was deputy director at the British Ministry of Aircraft Production in the critical years of the war from 1941; René Bloch, who was director of aviation in the French Navy and later in the Ministry of Defense; Erich Schatzki, who was a pilot and then chief engineer of Lufthansa in pre-Nazi days, and an early general manager of Israel's El Al; Benedict Cohn, who was head aerodynamicist for the Boeing Company, and Benjamin Pinkel headed the Rand Corporation's aero-astronautical department; Richard Shevell, who helped design the DC-10 at Douglas Aircraft and taught aeronautics at Stanford; and many more notable jewish aerospace professionals.
Through education, outreach programs, and social events, we promote our primary organizational goals:
To encourage members of the the Jewish community to engage in aviation and aerospace careers.
To foster equal treatment of Jewish aerospace professionals through advocacy and outreach.
To promote overall aerospace industry safety.
To provide a social and professional network for Jewish professionals.
AJAP is a true non-profit organization, where managing members and directors do not draw salaries. We are running organization on initial donations from our private sponsors and business benefactors, primarily Raich Aerospace Group LLC. However, raising funds for charitable causes is difficult: a full aviation training scholarship could run as high as $100,000 per student. Therefore, we welcome our member and anyone who is interested in supporting AJAP, it drive to provide free education and support Jewish cause, to make donations and allow organization to continue channeling its funds exclusively for charitable causes. Donors are always thanked in our monthly newsletter and company sponsors have their logos and links published on our web site.
What We Do
The AJAP has set up and Education Fund, which provides scholarships to aspiring aviation and aerospace professionals with the desire to develop professional aviation skills and ratings beyond the private pilot certificate, and sponsor education for those who seek advanced degree in aviation field, such as aeronautics, aerospace engineering, human factors, aviation management, and many more. The scholarships will be avaiable for those who have demonstrated community involvement, including support of the Jewish community. Since 2016, we are targeting ourselves to award 12 scholarships annually.
Our scholarships will be fully funded by AJAP member contributions along with our airline and aviation company partners. These are some of the many ways members can support the Jewish aviation community.
At AJAP we consider availability of aviation career mentorship program to be a significant factor contributing to the final decision of young professionals to get into aviation field. Lack of clear career pathway, deficit of information of career benefits and challenges, may be discouraging. AJAP's career mentoring program involves taking a critical look at the knowledge, skills, attitudes and desires of interested individuals and helping them to make strategic decisions, based on personal career goals, towards becoming aa true aerospace professional: be it a pilot, an engineer or even an academic. Our mentouring involves the following areas:
Timeframe for entry into a particular aerospace field and advancement.
Personal professional aspirations and goals.
Development obstacles and measures to overcome them.
Industry academic and educationals demands and measures to achieve them.
All professionals who have access to specialized networking tools, such as attendance of certain industry events, membership in professional associations (such as AJAP) and networking through social media, are able to develop their careers at a much faster pace, achieve their professional aspirations and, in return, become involved in charitable causes that may help the next generation of professionals in their field, to achieve their goals. AJAP strives to ensure that such networking instruments are readily available to our members by organizing and offering the following services:
Career and Job fairs.
Member's meeting and other networking venues.
Facebook and LinkedIn social networking groups.
Most American Jews are descendants of the great migration of Jews to the U.S. from 1880 to 1920. Today, they make up little more than 2 percent of the population, but their influence is outsized. Jews make up 10 percent of the U.S. Senate, and they lead major cities, corporations, philanthropies and arts organizations. And yes, still, more than four in ten (43 percent) Jewish Americans who see Jews facing “a lot” of discrimination in the U.S. is still a very substantial proportion. An ABC News report in 2007 recounted that about 6% of Americans reported some feelings of prejudice against Jews. According to surveys by the Anti-Defamation League, antisemitism is rejected by clear majorities of Americans, with 64% of them lauding Jews' cultural contributions to the nation in 2011, but a minority holding hateful views of Jews remain, with 19% of Americans supporting the antisemitic canard that Jews co-control Wall Street in 2011. As well, Holocaust denial in recent years has been only a fringe phenomenon with an estimated one percent of Americans expressing opposition to the historical record.
The above statistics supports multiple claims and complaints from the Jewish professionals who work in the aerospace industry, that they have been discriminated against, in one way or another, just because they were of Jewish background. Such discriminatory practices are more common then you think, especially in the industry where Jewish professionals are not as common as in finance, law and medicine.
One of AJAP's core missions is to serve as a discrimination watchdog, allowing Jewish professionals to submit their complaints regarding possible discrimination cases, which are then referred to our partner law firms. Victims of discrimination cases are consulted free of charge, issues being reviews and offered optimal ways to persue the cases, in hopes of exposing the guilty parties and compensating the victims. AJAP strongly believes that there should be no place for any type of discrimination on the modern professional workplace, against any minoroties, especially in the aerospace industry.