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Tuesday, March 19 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Hosted Breakfast Social Inclusion and Cohesion in Israel: Sustaining the Momentum

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Hosted by Alan B. Slifka Foundation and the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
Over the years, the NGO sector's advocacy of productive engagement between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens has made it an essential player in recent Israeli Government decisions to invest in the Arab sector. In many cases, NGOs supported by private philanthropy have led the way to positive change through research, advocacy, and pilot projects, enabling the Government to commit substantial resources to implement some of the best ideas on a national scale. There are many opportunities, however, to develop the Arab sector and to prioritize social inclusion and cohesion in Israel. Continued NGO activity and philanthropic support, with an eye towards future government engagement, will help Israel meet these challenges. Questions the panel will address include:

  • What areas of need are not yet being addressed adequately?
  • How can the NGO sector be most effective to make progress in these areas?
  • What are implications of new government coalition for organizations and philanthropists committed to these issues?
  • How can Jewish communities and philanthropists outside Israel be most helpful?

Presenters
avatar for Amnon  Be'eri-Sulitzeanu

Amnon Be'eri-Sulitzeanu

Co-Executive Director, The Abraham Fund Initiatives
Amnon Be'eri-Sulitzeanu has been the co-executive director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives since 2004. Before that, he served as the director of marketing and communications at the Jerusalem Foundation, under the leadership of Teddy Kollek and Ruth Cheshin. Among other tasks, Amnon was active in developing and communicating public policy during the massive waves of immigration from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia.
avatar for Mohammad  Darawshe

Mohammad Darawshe

Co-Executive Director, The Abraham Fund Initiatives
Mohammad Darawshe is the co-executive director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives. He previously worked as deputy director general of the Givat Haviva Institute. Mohammad has lectured and presented papers at many international and academic institutions, including the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament, NATO Defense College and the World Economic Forum, and he has won numerous awards, including the Peacemaker award bestowed by the Catholic... Read More →
avatar for Shalom (Shuli) Dichter

Shalom (Shuli) Dichter

Executive Director, Hand in Hand
Shalom (Shuli) Dichter is a civil society activist and expert on Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. Since January 2011 he has been the executive director of Hand in Hand, the center for Jewish-Arab education in Israel that operates bilingual schools and establishes joint community activities for Arab and Jewish citizens in Jerusalem, Kfar Kara, the Galil, Haifa, and Jaffa. From 1998–2008 he was the co-executive director of Sikkuy, a... Read More →
avatar for Aiman  Saif

Aiman Saif

General Director of the Authority for Economic Development in the Minority Sectors, Prime Minister's Office--Israel
Aiman Seif has worked in Israel's Prime Minister's Office for 14 years—first as senior economist, and since 2008 as the director of the authority of economic development of the minority sectors. Aiman sits on the boards of the Investment Centre, the Authority of Planning and Construction, and the Authority for Advancement of the Status of Women.


Tuesday March 19, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Brighton Room Beverly Hilton

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