Out Loud

  • Developments in the Knesset

    14 July 2016

    We witnessed a setback for Israeli democracy when the Knesset passed legislation intended to stigmatize progressive critics of the current government’s policies. But, the partnership that is NIF — that fuses together those of us who care about Israel’s future with the smartest and most determined Israeli social change activists — is the path forward for a better Israel.

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  • More Hate, More Firepower

    16 June 2016

    The hatred and divisiveness that is pulling Americans and Israelis apart is not only unnecessary and immoral but terribly damaging to both national projects.

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  • So Few Safe Places

    2 June 2016

    It is precisely now, when there is so much at stake and so few safe places, literally and politically, in which we can find refuge, that we must take a stand for our values.

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  • Video: The Shampoo Summit

    24 May 2016

    Iris Zaki made this documentary about a special hair salon called Fifi’s, which is owned by two Christian Arab women and is beloved by Jewish and Arab women alike.

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  • The Hope is Still Here, We Just Have to Make Room for It

    19 May 2016

    I want to draw your attention, for a moment, from the headlines to the grassroots. Because underneath the radar, tens of thousands of Israelis are working to protect liberal democracy and to build a truly shared society. Their stories often go unnoticed and unremarked on.

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  • On Israel’s 68th birthday

    12 May 2016

    We at New Israel Fund are in the social change business, meaning that we talk a lot about what needs to be changed in Israel. Today, it’s worth thinking about some Israeli qualities that needn’t be changed, because they are what made Israel the vibrant and interesting society it is.

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  • A Redemption Tale for Some, but Not for All

    6 May 2016

    It was only two weeks ago that many people in Israel and America sat around their table celebrating Passover, a holiday that commemorates our redemption as a Jewish people. “For you were a stranger in the land of Egypt”- an illustrious tractate that was uttered in many households- which we say to remind us as a community about the oppressive treatment we experienced as slaves in Egypt and our call to extend kindness to the other.

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  • The Call of “Never Again”

    5 May 2016

    I vividly remember Simcha “Kazik” Rotem, leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, as he went around the table, turned to each of us with his piercing stare and asked: “What was the lesson of the Shoah?” I’ll never forget his answer.

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