September 12, 2019
by Cantor Cheryl Wunch, NIFC Naomi Chazan Fellow
Published on Reformjudaism.org
This year, I was chosen by the New Israel Fund of Canada as one of three “young” adults to be the country’s Naomi Chazan Fellows. Honoured to be selected, I am charged to learn about the work of some of the New Israel Fund (NIF) grantees and share that knowledge within my own community. Continue reading
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Israel’s election campaign may have ended, but in many ways, it has ended with a giant question mark. Israel’s politics are tied in a political knot — and possibly deadlock. Neither side — the center-left nor the right-wing-haredi bloc — has emerged with the capacity to form a coalition of 61 Members of Knesset. Though Benny Gantz emerged narrowly ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu, neither one emerged after the elections as a clear designee who could reliably form a government.
In November, the New Israel Fund in the UK will bestow upon Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) their Human Rights Award for 2019. As chair of the PHRI board, Dr. Mushira Aboo Dia will attend the ceremony and accept the award on behalf of the organization. It would be hard to think of a more deserving candidate. Continue reading
Your intrepid reporter is interviewing Shmuel Shattach in the Hebrew University cafeteria when he gets a WhatsApp that MK Bezalel Smotrich, chair of the Union of Right-Wing Parties, is suing his organization for libel. There’s no basis to the claim, says Shmuel. But it’s all in a day’s work for the director of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avoda (NTA.) Continue reading