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A Message From our Chief Executive, Adam Ognall- September 2014

 Throughout this difficult summer NIF’s work for social change continued unabated. As well as our work responding to the conflict and addressing the tensions that have, our longer-term work has continued with some notable victories

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"It's moving to see so many people wanting to help"

Amid the falling rockets and a call for reserve duty, activist Erez Nagawker is ensuring that Be'er Sheva residents don't go hungry.

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Righting Injustice

 A new law, which ensures pension payouts to divorced women, is the latest victory for women's rights in Israel. 

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A Push for Tolerance

Tensions between Jews and Arabs within Israel remains high. We're working to defuse the tension and build relationships. 

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Close to the Bomb Shelters

An organization in Ashkelon that works with FSU immigrants has been creating activities for kids in the bomb shelters and giving families a respite from the violence. 

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Public Housing: Three Steps Forward, One Step Back

Affordable housing activists took to the Knesset and scored three victories this week. But another setback illuminates the magnitude of the problem. 

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Bridging the Divides

By Rachel Liel, Executive Director in Israel 

On Sunday, I went down to Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva and met with families of Bedouin Israelis whose children have been injured by rocket attacks. I saw children coping with injuries they could not comprehend. I saw young parents comforting their kids.

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We mourn. We don't avenge

I know you are worried about what's going on in Israel. I am too.

On Tuesday, Israel buried three teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered. It was a devastating act perpetuated by extremists determined to shed innocent blood and to provoke further conflict. 

Daniel Sokatch, CEO
New Israel Fund
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'Revenge won't bring back our boys'

‘Revenge won’t bring back our boys’, read the banner above the rally called by Tag Meir, Light Tag, in Jerusalem yesterday. ‘This gathering brings me hope’

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg (senior rabbi of Masorti UK)

 

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NIF Pesach 2014- Refugees in Israel

New Israel Fund recommended supplements for Pesach 2014. Out of Africa: Refugees in Israel 

 

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Vote for Change Winner Announced

Vote for Change: Congratulations to the African Refugee Development Centre

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NIF Thanks Pears Foundation

NIF is delighted to have received a new substantial two-year grant from the Pears Foundation. NIF greatly appreciates our long standing partnership with the Pears Foundation based on common values and a desire to build strong connections between the UK Jewish community and Israel.

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NIF's Commitment to Being at The Forefront of Civil and Social Justice in Israel

I came away from journalist Ari Shavit’s talk last week hearing his challenge to both Israelis and Diaspora Jews, to ensure that Israel remains a Jewish and Democratic state. As part of NIF's commitment to being at the forefront of civil and social justice in Israel we have recently concluded a year of strategic thinking in regard to the next stage of our journey.

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Third Vote for Change Competition Launched!

 We are thrilled to announce the launch of our third Vote for Change competition! Get involved and vote for your preferred charity to win £1000. The finalists for the 2014 #v4change competition are: African Refugee Development Centre, Atzum, BINA and Yedid. 

This Vote for Change Competition is now closed.

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Press Release from the Refugee Community in Israel

05 January 2014

Press Release

We, the refugees in Israel, are on strike for 3 days in response to Israel’s implementation of new legislation and the indefinite detention of refugees. We call on the international community to urge the Israeli government to stop this new policy, assess our asylum claims fairly, and start respecting our human rights as refugees.


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NIF Statement on ‘Non-Profit Organisations Bill’

The proposed bill which passed today with the support of eight ministers should really be called the 'Law to Eliminate Freedom of Opinion and Expression in Israel'

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Human Rights Awards Winners 2013


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Vote for Change winner announced!

 We are delighted to announce that The Schoolhouse in Tel Aviv was this summer's NIF Vote for Change competition winner, receiving a prize of £1,000 towards their work! 

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Confronting a Racist Election Campaign

Following the unveiling of the mayor of Upper Nazareth’s racist re-election campaign, the NIF network seeks action from Israel’s Attorney General

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Light Tag Continues to Promote Tolerance

Following the recent apparent ‘Price Tag’ extremist attacks on a monastery and in the neighbourhood of Beit Safafa in Jerusalem, the NIF Light Tag coalition held solidarity events with victims.

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To Reach the Glass Ceiling

This activist impacts the lives of countless women, the broader Mizrachi community, and the depth of social justice in Israeli society  

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Discrimination Defeated

A Mizrachi man who scored a job interview – only after resubmitting his resume with a false Ashkenazi name – took the company to court. And won.

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Message from our Chief Executive, Adam Ognall

A Year of Hope, Justice and Change. This is the theme of NIF’s work this Rosh Hashana (New Year). I would like to thank you for your support in the last year and look forward to what we can achieve in this next year.

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Use NIF’s to send your New Year cards

NIF’s Rosh Hashana e-cards service lets you send personalised cards to your family and friends (for free!). There is a choice of different designs and you can send the same card to multiple people or choose different designs. We hope you find the cards useful, easy, time-saving and colourful.

Visit:http://my.newisraelfund.org.uk/rhcard

 

NIF UPCOMING EVENTS

NIF & Yachad special screening at UK Jewish Film Festival

THE GATEKEEPERS + Q&A with Ami Ayalon (former Shin Bet head)

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Followed by Q&A with Ami Ayalon, the former Head of Shin Bet. Booking opens soon.

 

Human Rights Awards Dinner

Save The Date - 24 November 2013.

For more details on NIF's Human Rights Awards Dinner Click Here.

 

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NIF launches Rosh Hashana e-cards service

We are launching today the NIF Rosh Hashana e-cards service. It lets you send personalised cards to your family and friends (for free!) by email. Visit my.newisraelfund.org.uk/rhcards.

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NIF is recruiting for a fundraising administrator. Click here for details.

Ten years that changed the face of Israeli football

We officially celebrated the 10th anniversary of NIF's campaign against racism in football during the European Under 21 Championships in June. Israel and England's finest young stars, Arab and Jew, Black and White came to Netanya to celebrate the inclusiveness of football and how its camaraderie cuts through racial, ethnic and religious lines.

 

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Voting now open! NIF’s ‘Vote for Change’

Today, New Israel Fund UK launched the second of our quarterly competitions to support grassroots social projects in Israel. Four amazing organisations are up to win £1,000. Their work spans the land and the lives of different people in Israel.

 

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Responding to Price Tag violence in Abu Ghosh

The NIF-supported Tag Meir coalition held a solidarity event in the Palestinian-Israeli village of Abu Ghosh in the immediate aftermath of the recent Price Tag attack.

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Israel to Look Poverty in the Face

 A special inter-ministerial committee to combat poverty was formed this month, which will be tasked with setting measurable targets for reducing poverty and social gaps – which are exactly the demands of the SHATIL-led Social Budget Forum.

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