One Year of Israel’s Unlikely Government Part 1: Opportunities for Collaboration between Civil Society and Government

Join us on Wednesday, May 25 at 10am Pacific/12pm Central/1pm ET for the first session in a two-part series exploring the opportunities and challenges that the current government has brought Israeli civil society over the last year. The first session will focus on the opportunities created by the coalition. With center-left and left-wing parties holding […]

One Year of Israel’s Unlikely Government Part 2: Challenges for Progressive Civil Society

Join us on Wednesday, June 15 at 10am Pacific/12pm Central/1pm ET for the second session in a two-part series exploring the opportunities and challenges that Israel's current government has created for civil society organizations over the last year. In this second session, we'll be shifting our focus to the challenges we have faced over the […]

Toronto Jewish Film Festival: Blue Box

NIFC is excited to co-present the Toronto Jewish Film Festival's virtual screening of Blue Box. The film is available online from June 16-June 26. *Ontario residents only This revelatory documentary by filmmaker Michal Weits explores the history of the Jewish National Fund Blue Boxes, which symbolized support of Israeli settlement and agricultural development. Through the […]

Toronto Jewish Film Festival: Tantura

NIFC is excited to co-present the Toronto Jewish Film Festival's virtual screening of Tantura. The film is available online from June 16-June 26. *Ontario residents only Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival. Director Alon Schwarz’s (Aida’s Secrets) provocative new documentary examines the established narrative that has shaped Israeli society since its inception. In 1998, graduate student […]

An Update on Masafer Yatta: What’s Next After the Supreme Court’s Decision?

As US President Joe Biden is set to travel to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, Palestinians in the West Bank face an uncertain and perilous future. In early May, Israel's High Court of Justice ruled on a decades-long case, giving the military a green light to expel over 1,000 Palestinian residents of Masafer Yatta, […]

Reflecting on Tisha B’Av and Present-Day Jerusalem: The Use and Abuse of Jewish Heritage

Virtual

Over the past year, Jerusalem has been simmering with tensions and periodic violence. Especially concerning are acts by Jewish extremists to dispossess Palestinians of their homes, as well as attacks on Reform and Conservative Jews, invoking exclusive heritage over Jerusalem. Each Tisha B’Av, Jewish communities mourn the destruction of the Temple. The rabbis of the […]

12th Annual Shira Herzog Symposium: Shared Society Beyond Slogans

Toronto Reference Library - Beeton Hall 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

Join us in person at the Toronto Reference Library or watch the event live online. A year and a half ago, it would have been hard to imagine an Israeli government with an Arab party in the coalition. As Israel votes for a fifth time in four years, was this Jewish-Arab partnership the beginning of […]

(New Generations) Gaza 101

Online

Described as “the world’s largest open-air prison,” Gaza is home to two million people, more than 80% percent of whom depend on humanitarian aid and two-thirds of whom are under 25. A well-documented humanitarian crisis, Gazans have been living under Israeli military blockade since 2005 and have been the victims of repeated violence between Hamas […]

Progressive Israel Network Post-Election Webinar

Online

Pollster and political analyst Dahlia Scheindlin will be in conversation with NIF’s Libby Lenkinski, J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami and Americans for Peace Now’s Hadar Susskind to assess the election results, their possible impact on Israeli public life and on Israel’s relations with the US and other allies. Register here for this virtual event

NIF Film Club: Cinema Sabaya

A group of Arab and Jewish women attend a video workshop at a small town community center run by Rona, a young filmmaker from Tel Aviv, who teaches them to document their lives. As each student shares footage from her home life with the others, their beliefs and preconceptions are challenged and barriers are broken […]

Fighting the Overrides: Protecting Fundamental Rights in Israel and in Canada

In Israel and Canada, two democratic countries, there is a debate over the right of the legislature to infringe on citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms. Earlier this month, Israel's fifth election in four years resulted in disturbing gains by far-right, anti-democratic politicians. As coalition negotiations continue, some politicians have called to resurrect the "Override Clause," […]

Vigil for Israeli Democracy

Join us this Saturday, January 21st at 7:00 PM Eastern for a vigil for Israeli democracy. Last Saturday, nearly 100,000 Israelis gathered in protest in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa. Many organizations supported by the global NIF family helped organize and participated in the protest — and they're doing it again this Saturday. These Israelis […]