New Israel Fund

How To Speak Truth To Israel


I have been a fan of Daniel Sokatch since his days at the Progressive Jewish Alliance in Los Angeles, even before he became the C.E.O. of the New Israel Fund.

Promoting Disunity


Wednesday, June 3 was designated this year as “Jewish Unity Day,” established by the City of Jerusalem and Gesher, an organization that seeks to close the gap among Jews of different denominations. It comes a year after the kidnapping and murder of three teenage boys in Israel, a tragedy that, however briefly, brought the country together and linked Jews of the diaspora with their brothers and sisters in the Jewish state.

New NIF Campaign Adopts Tools Of The Right


Washington – In a strategic shift, the New Israel Fund is arming itself with a set of sharp political tools and picking a fight.

The Parade Is About Israel, Not Us

When will we learn that no one group or ideology owns 'love of Israel?'

Jewish Week Online Columnist

As the June 1 Israel Parade draws closer, some organizations are threatening not to march. They are protesting the decision of parade sponsors to allow organizations like the New Israel Fund– a favorite target of the right wing of the Zionist movement– to be included in the parade, because of its alleged sympathy for the BDS strategy (boycott, divestment and sanction) designed to modify Israel’s position on settlements in the West Bank. The NIF steadfastly denies supporting BDS. They (the more right-wing organizations) feel that the NIF and its friends should have no place at the Zionist table, or at a parade that salutes Israel. And as long as they do, these more right-wing organizations won’t march.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Why New Israel Fund Is Marching For Israel

Our entire strategy has been based on investing in Israel, not divesting from it.

Special To The Jewish Week

On June 1, tens of thousands of New Yorkers will gather for the annual Celebrate Israel Parade. As in previous years, we at the New Israel Fund (NIF) will be there, leading a group of progressive, pro-Israel activists. We will take our rightful place alongside the many others dedicated to the Israel that is, as well as the Israel that ought to be.

Stephanie Ives

The Most Jewish Thing

An American in Israel asks why, after 'Save Darfur,' we don't pay more attention to African refugees in the Jewish state.


When I made aliyah more than two years ago, I was shocked to discover a community of Darfuri asylum seekers living in Israel. Like so many American Jews I was active in the Save Darfur campaign; I wrote letters, sent money and prayed in synagogues waving green “Save Darfur” banners. Yet to this day, I do not fully understand why I, like so many American Jews, had little awareness of the African asylum seeker situation in Israel.

Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg

400-plus Jewish Clergy Press Netanyahu On E1 Construction


More than 400 American Jewish clergy asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to go ahead with new construction in a corridor connecting eastern Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim.

Women, Religious Freedom Groups Stake Victories

Grass-roots campaign in Jerusalem reverses some haredi-imposed gender segregation and discrimination.
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Passing through Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station a few months ago, Rachel Jaskow decided to stop at the station’s synagogue and pray Mincha.

New Jerusalem bus ads featuring women read, "It's Nice to Know You: Jerusalem is a Town for Us All."

Vilification Has No Place In Debates On Israel

Special To the Jewish Week

When our Brooklyn synagogue recently hosted two former State Department veterans, Elliot Abrams and Robert Malley, a few congregants and even a local merchant objected to our having invited Mr. Abrams, a known “war criminal.”  

Similarly, when our synagogue hosted Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian academic, others claimed our pulpit now had “Jewish blood on its hands.”  Another congregant asked, “How can you invite Malley?  He and the president hate Jews.”

Rabbi Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.

Nearly 4,000 US Jews Back Israel's J14 Movement


Nearly 4,000 American Jews have signed a petition from the New Israel Fund in support of Israel's social justice movement.

The petition was published Sept. 2 in the International Herald Tribune in advance of the movement's major demonstration on Sept. 3, which brought out 400,000 Israelis in what some say was the largest protest in Israel's history.

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