Seventh Annual Shira Herzog Symposium Announced

Every day, extraordinary and committed people devote themselves to creating a more just and equal society in Israel.

Meet three individuals whose powerful work alters the way he see and understand social change in Israel. Ayelet Waldman, writer and editor of Kingdom of Olives and Ash; Mutasim Ali, leading activist of Israel’s African asylum seeker community; and Peter Beinart, well-known political commentator and author of The Crisis of Zionism will join us for this seventh annual Shira Herzog Symposium. Continue reading

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50 Years at the Crossroads Live Stream

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Israel Travel Diary

Last month, I had the privilege of joining 18 old and new friends of New Israel Fund of Canada on an eye-opening and profoundly inspiring tour of Israel. We did not swim with dolphins in Eilat, read a newspaper while floating in the Dead Sea, or see the sunrise from Masada. Continue reading

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Jerusalem Day Flower Parade Promotes Solidarity

Dozens of Israelis handed roses to Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City on Jerusalem Day as NIF-sponsored organizations countered the extremist marches with a show of solidarity. Continue reading

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Reform Movement Holds Egalitarian Ceremony at the Kotel

Hundreds of Reform Jewish men and women gathered at the Western Wall on May 18 to hold an egalitarian Torah-service without hindrance, an unprecedented event. Continue reading

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Pushing for More Tolerant Jewish Spaces in Israel

In an unusual step, a top kashrut official from the Israeli Rabbinate, Rabbi Dr. Oren Duvdevani, left his post in the Rabbinate to become kashrut supervisor for Hashgacha Pratit (Private Supervision) Continue reading

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Uncovering Sexual Harassment of Israel’s Poor

An attractive single mother who sports a blond ponytail, Sara Assolin grew up sleeping on the floor of a two-room public housing apartment with her parents and 12 siblings. Continue reading

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The Freedom to Tell Our Stories

A good story can change the way we see each other.

Whether it is fiction, a memoir, or even the daily news, we find our hearts and minds opened when we hear about others’ experiences. Storytelling is integral to understanding the people around us, and broadens our perceptions of different cultures, moving us to connect. Continue reading

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Creating a Peaceful Future One Pupil at a Time

It’s common for Israelis to create WhatsApp groups to keep in touch. What’s uncommon is for a group of eighth and ninth grade Jewish and Arab high school pupils from Rosh Ha’ayin and Tira, to have met regularly over two years, and to have created a WhatsApp group together on their own initiative. Continue reading

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AG to Jerusalem Mayor: You Can’t Limit Freedom of Expression

In Israel, if you oppose a government policy and really want to make a point, the place to protest is Jerusalem, outside the Knesset or opposite the prime minister’s residence. Continue reading

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