• Emunah on Mimouna

    5 April 2021

    Many of us eagerly anticipate the meal at the conclusion of Passover. Finally, we can eat pizza, cake, and all of the hametz-filled carbohydrates we’ve been missing. For North African Jews, this time takes on heightened meaning with the celebration of Mimouna, a joyous day-long celebration of the end of the prohibition against eating bread that includes eating traditional Mizrahi Jewish foods. Yet this special tradition has become intertwined with debates over the use and abuse of Mizrahi culture in Israel.

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  • NIF Film Club: Comrade Dov

    23 March 2021

    As part of a special Israeli Leaders on Film series, NIF Film Club watched Comrade Dov this week. Watch the post-film discussion with director Barak Heymann and special guest former MK Dov Khenin.

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  • Israel’s Spring and the Long Road to Recovery

    18 March 2021

    As elections near and Israel emerges from the pall of pandemic, civil society must ensure that Israel’s government addresses the long-term effects of the crisis, which have disproportionately fallen on marginalized communities.

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  • NIF Film Club: Golda

    10 March 2021

    As part of a special Israeli Leaders on Film series, NIF Film Club watched Golda this week. Watch the post-film discussion with directors Udi Nir and Shani Rozanes.

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  • 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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