Tickets Now on Sale: NIFC’s 2018 Symposium


The 8th Annual Shira Herzog Symposium
Saturday, October 20th
Doors open 7:30 PM
Program starts 8:30 PM
Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street

Recent events are worrying for liberal supporters of Israel: the passing of the Nation-State Law, violence in Gaza, corrosion of LGBTQ rights, asylum seekers in limbo, and more. Israel’s democratic character is being called into question there and in Canada. What’s happening to Israel’s democracy?

On October 20th, one of Israel’s most prominent celebrities visits Toronto to share a message of hope. Along with thousands of others in Israel, Noa relentlessly stands up for human rights, shared society, and peace. She does so despite bullying from illiberal forces there and here — and naysayers who believe there’s nothing we can do.

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NIFC 2018-2019 fellows’ op-ed in The CJN

Tour confirmed we can criticize Israel because we care about it


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Press release: Israel Passes Dangerous Nation-State Law

Thursday, July 19, 2018

For immediate release:

Late last night in Jerusalem, the Israeli Knesset passed the Jewish Nation-State Bill into law. Lawmakers voted 62 to 55 to legally cement Israel as the sole national homeland of the Jewish people and national self-determination as a right exclusive to Jews.

The New Israel Fund of Canada (NIFC) joins a chorus of progressive and moderate voices – in Israel and the Diaspora – emphatically condemning the Nation-State Law. We believe it’s a frightening affront to Israel’s democracy, and to any prospect of peaceful co-existence between Arabs and Jews.

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Meet our 2018 Naomi Chazan Fellows

Naomi Chazan Fellows 2018

The Naomi Chazan Fellowship is a year-long program that begins with a subsidized, 10-day study tour in Israel this summer. New Israel Fund of Canada’s four 2018-19 fellows will join two dozen changemakers in their 20s and 30s from across the UK, Australia, and the U.S. Through their tour, they’ll explore social justice issues in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The fellows will then return home to Canada and work to engage Canadian Jewry on the issues, as well as take part in leadership seminars, and become part of a global network of young Jewish progressives. Continue reading

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