• Purim, Power and Corruption

    25 February 2021

    Purim is a Jewish holiday which commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, an Achaemenid Persian Empire official who was planning to kill all the Jews, as recounted in the Book of Esther.

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  • Democracy and Accountability

    18 February 2021

    In America and Israel, citizens are asking fundamental questions about democracy and systems of accountability. But accountability is not just for those in the spotlight—corruption trials and presidential impeachments. Every day, civil society plays an essential role in demanding accountability in ways big and small.

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  • NIF Film Club: Between Fences

    10 February 2021
    Between Fences film poster

    Avi Mograbi and Chen Alon meet African asylum-seekers in a detention facility in the middle of the Negev desert where they are confined by the state of Israel. Together, they question the status of the refugees in Israel using ‘Theater of the Oppressed’ techniques. Watch the post-film discussion with director Avi Mograbi.

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  • Tu Bishvat: Seeds of Justice

    27 January 2021

    Tu Bishvat is the annual birthday celebration of the trees. Originally a functional date set by the Rabbis legislating when and how to benefit from fruit trees in the Land of Israel, Tu Bishvat is a holiday intimately tied to the land. To celebrate, some folks participate in a ritual with Kabbalistic origins known as a Tu Bishvat seder. For many in the diaspora, the holiday is an opportunity to connect to Israel by planting trees, either directly or by donating them.

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  • NIF Film Club: Kings of Capitol Hill

    27 January 2021
    Kings of Capitol Hill film poster

    For the past 60 years, AIPAC has maintained a strict “no interview” policy, but now, for the first time, the founding fathers of AIPAC speak out in Kings of Capitol Hill. Watch the post-film discussion with director Mor Loushy.

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  • NIF Film Club: Lemon Tree

    13 January 2021

    Salma, a Palestinian widow, is the owner of her late father’s cherished lemon grove. She must defend her lemon tree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down. Watch the post-film discussion with director Eran Riklis.

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  • NIF Film Club: Mayor

    30 December 2020

    Mayor is a real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office. Watch the post-film discussion with director David Osit.

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  • Light and Might of Chanukah

    14 December 2020

    Aaron Portman, a 2020-21 NIF Froman Fellow, reflects on the significance and lessons we can gain from this year’s festival of lights.

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  • Being the Light in Dark Times

    9 December 2020

    As I light Chanukah candles this year, I will be thinking of the miraculous work our grantees in Israel undertake, every day, even in the darkest times. Together, we kindle a light to last until the dawn breaks.

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