This year marked the first Naomi Chazan Activism Fellowship cohort to include American participants in this global New Israel Fund initiative. On July 13th, 2017, thirteen fellows flew in from Australia, the UK, and the US to Tel Aviv and began a 10-day trip in Israel and the occupied territories. The fellowship tour met with NIF’s grantees and discussed a wide range of social justice issues. The topics included shared society, religious freedom, anti-democratic legislation, combating racism, and more.
On the trip, the group was exposed to a range of conversations with leading activists and experts. Fellows considered the components of campaign building with Raluca Ganea, head of Zazim – Community Action, the Israeli MoveOn. They took time to tour in the West Bank with Breaking the Silence and witness the realities of an occupation that is 50 years in.
Photos by Graham Carpenter
For a look at how some of the fellows reacted to some of the more difficult issues the cohort wrestled with, check out this photo essay published in Jewschool.