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What’s Happening at the Kotel?

What’s Happening at the Kotel?

Last week the Israeli government reneged on its pledge to implement an agreement to open a mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall. The agreement for a pluralist Kotel has a long history. After three years of negotiations, then Prime Minister Benjamin...

Young Jewish donors picked Tag Meir for their Giving Circle pool

Young Jewish donors picked Tag Meir for their Giving Circle pool

On December 14th, a group of New Generations (20s and 30s) donors met online for a Giving Circle -- a process in which a group decides together which NIFC project partner will receive its pooled donations. The group, led by the New Generations Leadership Council,...

A Note from our President, Linda Hershkovitz

A Note from our President, Linda Hershkovitz

Dear Friends, You don’t hear from me too often so let me start by introducing myself. My name is Linda Hershkovitz and I am the President of NIFC’s Board of Directors. This is my second year as President, but I’ve been an NIFC donor for 18 years. I grew up in downtown...

Fighting the Monopoly on Jewish Conversion

Fighting the Monopoly on Jewish Conversion

The NIF global community views the new Conversion Law promoted by Israel’s Minister of Religious Affairs Matan Kahana as a very small step in the right direction, but recognizes that it leaves out many important elements, including the right of all citizens to a civil...

Protecting Reproductive Rights

Protecting Reproductive Rights

Amid Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz’s efforts to reform Israel’s outdated abortion policies, NIFC project partner Physicians for Human Rights-Israel has published a position paper on the issue, entitled Access to Terminating Pregnancy: Abortion and Equality....

Strengthening Palestinian Israeli Social Change Organizations

Strengthening Palestinian Israeli Social Change Organizations

Israel’s “government of change” presents a unique opportunity for Palestinian-Israeli social change organizations to advance progressive policies related to health, land, education, personal security, and much more. But, as NIFC project partner Shatil’s own research...

Combating the Erasure of Women by Religious Extremists

Combating the Erasure of Women by Religious Extremists

The Jerusalem District Court has ordered the Jerusalem Municipality to hire inspectors to handle widespread incidents of ultra-Orthodox Jews defacing billboards depicting images of women. Judge Shirley Renner also ordered the municipality to meet with the local police...

The New Israel Fund “Treats Israel’s Soul”

The New Israel Fund “Treats Israel’s Soul”

By Daniel Sokatch, International CEO of the New Israel Fund Earlier this month, Achinoam Nini, the fabulous Israeli singer and longtime NIF board member was asked to explain what makes the New Israel Fund unique. Allow me to paraphrase her words: When Israel was...

Advancing Workplace Diversity in Jerusalem

Advancing Workplace Diversity in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, a local subsidiary of an American software design company is working to improve diversity in its 500-person workspace thanks to Shatil. As part of Shatil’s “Diversity in the Workplace” project, the company is working to increase the diversity of staff...

Exposing Settlement Expansion

Exposing Settlement Expansion

A new report by NIFC project partner B’Tselem: The Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories documents how Israeli settlers have taken over large sections of land in the West Bank with the assistance of the IDF. The report entitled “State...

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