Reflections on Refugees, in Israel and Beyond
September 13, 2017
At a time when over 60 million people in the world have no place to call home, this is the time to be educated about the global refugee crisis and find out what we in Canada can do. On September 13, 2017, young leaders in Toronto joined us for an intimate conversation with Mutasim A. Ali, Dawit Demoz, and Enbal Singer about refugee policies in Israel, and the tools to be an effective agent for social change.
Mutasim is a community organizer, political activist, and leader of the Israeli African asylum seeking community in Israel. As the first Sudanese national to have been awarded refugee status in Israel, he now works to educate the public about the bloodshed in Darfur and advocates for the rights of his fellow asylum seekers in Israel.
Dawit Demoz escaped Eritrea to Israel, where he became a community leader who fought for the rights of his fellow asylum seekers. Dawit resettled to Canada in April 2016 through the refugee sponsorship program, and remains passionate about fighting for human rights and democracy.
Enbal Singer is a dedicated social activist who has worked at the Kav LaOved (Worker’s Hotline) in Israel as an NIF/Shatil Social Justice Fellow and is currently studying at the University of Toronto faculty of Law.
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Food for Thought: A New Generations Shabbat dinner series
Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver
November 11, 2016 at 7 PM
Topic: The Social Safety Net
We return with another evening of community-hosted Shabbat dinners across the country.
These dinners provide a relaxed, social setting for facilitated discussions combined with food, friendship and fun.
In this session, participants will explore the concept of a social safety net in Israel. Government-funded social programs exist to help Israel’s weakest and most vulnerable. What are our obligations to care for these people? What are our obligations to one another and those around us? This interactive session will look at these and other questions.
For participants under 40.
May 2015 – May 2016
Food for Thought: A New Generations Shabbat Dinner Series
Over the year, many young supporters of New Israel Fund of Canada came together for an evening of community-hosted Shabbat dinners across the country. These dinners combined facilitated discussions with food and friendship. More to come in 2016.
September 22, 2013
Make the Case
When we discuss human rights in Israel, we often have views that we feel strongly about. But what if you had to defend the opposing position?
On September 22, 2013, New Generations Canada gathered with Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director of ACRI (Association for Civil Rights in Israel) to debate a human rights issue from divergent views. Taking the issue of Haredim in the army, the group split up into groups to make the case about why Haredim should be exempted or why they should be obligated to serve.
Here are some of the arguments.
Haredim should serve because:
They need to share the civic responsibility
They need to integrate into Israeli society
Their demographics create a larger group to defend
Haredim should not serve because:
The risk to Israel’s security
Out of respect for their culture
The challenges that it would pose to the cohesiveness of their community
After all arguments were presented, the group voted for drafting Haredim into the army. We’ll keep you posted about whether the Supreme Court of Israel agrees with New Generations Canada.
June 17, 2013
Careers in Social Change
Many of us grow up with an idealistic vision of how we want to change the world. As we reach the beginning of our professional lives, some of us begin to contemplate a career in social change. But which path to take? Is creating and enacting legislation the way? Or, does the path lie with small-or-large scale activism?
The New Israel Fund of Canada was proud to invite former Member of Knesset Dr. Yossi Beilin, NIF Women’s Rights activist Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg and 2012 NIFC Social Justice Fellow Samara Carroll to talk about their experiences achieving social change in Israel.
The event started with a series of directed questions from NIFC Executive Director Orit Sarfaty. Our speakers were asked about what led them to careers in social change and what they thought the best avenue was to achieve it. Participants had the opportunity to engage with the speakers and discuss how they are looking to achieve social change in Canada and abroad. The event was an excellent segue into the broader discussion that took place afterwards.
April 23, 2013
Israel: Perceptions vs. Reality
New Generations Canada of New Israel Fund of Canada (NIFC) was pleased to host Israel: Perceptions vs. Reality, an interactive discussion about young Canadians’ trans formative experiences in Israel.
The event brought out five diverse and engaging speakers who all spent time living, working and volunteering in Israel with a wide variety of organizations.
Moderated by Rabbi Aaron Levy of Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, the discussion focused on many of the domestic issues facing Israel today from Bedouin land rights to religious pluralism. The speakers spoke of their experience working and dealing with these issues and how this perception of the country came to change as they faced many of the realities of living in Israel. This NIFC New Generation event provided a jumping off point for individuals interested in learning more about the many domestic issues facing Israel.
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Toronto, March 26 2012
New Generations: How Would You Build a More Inclusive Israel?
With former IDF Brigadier General Israela Oron, several dozen New Generations (20s & 30s) debated about how we might establish greater gender equality and religious freedom for all in Israel. Groups explored current events with on-the-ground perspective and context from General Oron. Touching on the social housing protests over the summer of 2011, Oron commented on Israeli social justice, domestic issues and peace.
February 10, 2011
New Generations Informal Discussion with Nabila Espanioly
NIFC New Generations Canada partnered with Yalla Journal to present NIF Board Member Nabila Espanioly in downtown Toronto. With a crowd of over 40 people and standing room only, Nabila spoke about her life as a Palestinian-Israeli and the challenges she has faced throughout her life, all which have compelled her to establish many civil society organization in Israel. A fervent feminist, advocate for Palestinian-Israeli preschool children and citizens, Nabila spoke about the impact her work has had on her community and addressed the work that lies ahead.
July 14, 2010
Whose Zionism? A Conversation on Israel, Liberal Values and Jewish Community
New Generations Canada and Makom partnered to bring Whose Zionism? to young people in Toronto’s Jewish community. The event was an opportunity for participants to discuss their thoughts on the intersection between Israel, liberal values and Jewish community, in the inclusive and open setting of the Kiever Synagogue in the heart of Toronto’s developing Jewish downtown core.
With 60 participants, the discussion was dynamic and lively, using Peter Beinart’s ground-breaking article The Failure of the Jewish Establishment as a springboard. The program provided a safe space for young people in their 20s to 40s to engage each other and explore what Israel means to them, what struggles have developed in their relationship to the State, and how they view Jewish community in Toronto and beyond.
The participants were broken up in small facilitated dialogue groups, and within these clusters the range of discussion was diverse. Some groups discussed their relationship to the Jews in Israel as part of the Diaspora, and in others, the discussion focused more on recent political events and individual reactions.
The program, a New Generations Canada initiative, exceeded expectations both in terms of the number of attendees and the scope of discussion. Participants voiced their enthusiasm, commenting on the “need in the community for events like these,” and affirming that the event was “very engaging”.