A Shared Struggle: Liberal Values in Israel and America / A Shared Struggle: Israeli and American Progressives in a New Era
The Jewish community is coming to terms with today’s political reality and its implications for Israel and here at home. Over the past months, American Jews have mobilized against shocking policies that strike at the heart of American, Jewish, and democratic values.
For Naomi Chazan and veteran progressives in Israel, this is not new. For years now, they have confronted the erosion of democratic values by successive right-wing governments. So where are we today? What does the struggle to uphold Israel’s democracy look like at this moment? What are its implications for Jewish life in the US?
Join us and Naomi Chazan – life-long champion of democracy, professor of political science, NIF board member, and former Deputy Speaker of Knesset – who will shed light on developments in Israel, their implications here in the US, and vice versa.
Naomi Chazan, former Israeli Knesset Deputy Speaker and leading human rights activist, served as president of the New Israel Fund from 2008-2012. 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. She has also been a Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University, a Robert Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies at MIT, and Dean of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel Aviv. Chazan is currently co-director of the Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and sits on the boards of a variety of civil society organizations, including the New Israel Fund.
The New Israel Fund is the leading organization advancing and defending democracy in Israel. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided hundreds of millions of dollars since our inception in 1979. Learn more here: www.nif.org
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