Press Releases

Read NIF's latest press releases and statements. For press inquiries, please contact Elisheva Goldberg at: ‪917.740.4031 phone or [email protected].

  • Former MK, Naomi Chazan Takes Over As President of New Israel Fund

    15 December 2008

    Jerusalem, Israel: Naomi Chazan, former Israeli Knesset Deputy Speaker and outspoken human rights activist, began her new role as president of the New Israel Fund’s (NIF) board of directors today at the organization’s board meeting in Jerusalem.  Chazan served on the NIF Board from 1992-93, resigned upon being elected to the Knesset for the Meretz party, and rejoined the NIF Board in January 2007. She is Professor Emerita of Political Science and African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she served as Chair of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, and has been a Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University.  Chazan currently serves as Head of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo and spent the academic year 2004-2005 as the Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies at MIT.

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  • Israeli Psychologists Who Trained Army For ‘Disengagement’ to Head Panel at APA Conference

    8 August 2008

    As the crisis in Israel wears on, two Israelis who are internationally recognized specialists in non-violent confrontation and “constructive struggle” will lead a symposium at the convention of the American Psychological Association in New Orleans. The panel is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th at 12 PM in Room 35 of the New Orleans Convention Center.

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  • New Israel Fund to Launch ‘Virtual’ International Town Hall

    8 May 2008

    As Israel turns 60, the New Israel Fund is providing a very special opportunity to join a provocative discussion of the grave threats to religious and political freedom in Israel – and on the choices Israel must make to guarantee its future as a successful democracy.

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  • New Israel Fund To Hold National Series Of Events

    10 October 2007

    Washington, DC.  As Israel nears its 60th anniversary, the New Israel Fund (NIF) will challenge progressive Americans to imagine a more just, equitable and pluralistic state of Israel.  NIForum 2007 will initiate a frank dialogue on the choices Israel faces on human rights, social justice and religious pluralism issues.  The national series of events will include a full-day symposium in New York on Sunday, October 21, and other thought-provoking programs around North America, including a half-day symposium in San Francisco on October 28.  The NIForum is the only North American event focusing on social issues in Israel; the now-annual event was inaugurated in New York in 2006.

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  • Ford Foundation and New Israel Fund announce $20 Million Fund For Grant Making In Israel

    6 September 2007

    NEW YORK / JERUSALEM, 6 September 2007 – The Ford Foundation today announced a $20 million grant to extend its partnership with the New Israel Fund to support civil society, human rights and social justice organizations in Israel.

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  • First Feminist Orthodox Group Recommends Boycott Of Rabbinic Marriage

    30 March 2007

    Washington, DC: As fewer and fewer secular Israeli couples register for rabbinic marriage, the founder of Israel’s first feminist-Orthodox group, “Kolech,” recommended that secular Jewish women boycott the institution entirely. In a recent conference on “chained women” who cannot obtain religious divorces, Kolech leader Chana Kehat raised a stir by stating that the more distance women maintained from the rabbinate, “the better for the whole nation.” Kolech, known in English as the Religious Women’s Forum, aims to improve the status of women by deep-seated change in the Orthodox community, is a major grantee of the New Israel Fund, and also participates in NIF/SHATIL’s Pluralism Project.

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  • Sukkot and a “Precarious Roof:” The Shame of Arab Housing in Israel

    25 August 2006

    The Arab-Israeli A. R. family, until recently, lived in a small house in Gan Khakal Aleph, Israel. A neighborhood located in the mixed city of Ramle, Gan Khakal Aleph was built in the early 1950s, but on the master plan that controls all building in Israel, it has been designated as open public space since 1972.

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  • New Israel Fund Provides Special Assistance to Disadvantaged from North of Israel: Refugees Tell Their Stories from Relative Safety

    4 August 2006

    Washington, D.C. As the crisis in Israel wears on, the New Israel Fund is acting quickly to assist Israel’s most vulnerable people, and ensure their needs are met, their voices heard, and their rights respected.

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  • MEDIA ADVISORY: The New Israel Fund and the Current Crisis

    25 July 2006

    Washington, D.C., — The New Israel Fund, the preeminent funder and founder of social change organizations and coalitions in Israel, today announced immediate plans for providing special assistance to targeted grantees and sectors in Israel to respond to the current crisis.

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  • Foremost Progressive Zionist Group Leads LGBT Tour for Jerusalem World Pride 2006

    26 May 2006

    Washington, D.C. The New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading funder and founder of progressive civil society in Israel , is leading a special LGBT tour in Israel August 2-11, including participation in the World Pride events in Jerusalem . NIF was the first funder of Jerusalem Open House, Israel’s leading gay rights organization and lead organizer of Jerusalem World Pride, and has worked in Israel for 27 years for civil and human rights, social and economic justice, and religious pluralism and tolerance.

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