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7 December 2010 E-Newsletter


The Fire This Time

 As soon as we in the U.S. heard about the terrible fire in the Carmel, we knew our Israeli colleagues would be working with the affected communities, engaging with the authorities and thinking long-term about both the problems and solutions presented by the emergency. Our Haifa office, which served such a key role during and after the second Lebanon War, has particularly deep and extensive partnerships in the community, and it is our on-the-ground presence, our credibility and communication with the many grassroots organizations we support that continues to make a difference.

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On the Fire’s Front Line: NIF/SHATIL Ensures the Safety of Tirat HaCarmel's Ethiopian Immigrant Community

From the moment news broke the story of the Carmel fire, Shlomo Berihun, Coordinator of SHATIL’s Assistance to Ethiopian Immigrants Project, took responsibility for the Ethiopian immigrant communities under threat.

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Thousands will march for Human Rights this Friday

On Friday, December 10th, on International Human Rights Day, NIF flagship grantee the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) will lead hundreds of organizations in reminding Israel of our shared values of democracy, freedom of conscience, human rights, and most of all, justice.  The plan is to bring buses from all over Israel to help contribute to the event's diversity and to ensure that people from the Negev, the Galilee, and all across the country can attend. Last year’s March attracted thousands of participants to the Tel Aviv event; this year, NIF president Naomi Chazan is one of the keynote speakers.

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Court Ruling Keeps Israeli-born Patrick in Israel for Hanukkah

Patrick attends a public kindergarten in South Tel Aviv, the city of his birth. A lively, curious child, he speaks fluent Hebrew and looks forward to celebrating the Jewish festivals.

When asked about Hanukkah, he explains that he loves eating sufganiot (jam doughnuts) and dons a kippa to recite the blessing for lighting the Hanukkah candles that he has learned at kindergarten. "We are having a huge party for Hanukkah at gan (kindergarten)," he said, "There will be lots of sufganiot there."

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“Twenty Years Later: Between Belonging and Alienation”

On September 29th, SHATIL celebrated 20 years of immigration from the former Soviet Union (FSU) alongside 200 people at Hebrew University. The gathering addressed the central issues facing FSU immigrants today: questions of identity, under-employment and the challenges facing Russian-speaking youth.

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