Task Force Activities
Join us for the Task Force All-Members Meeting, Jewish-Arab Relations: In Israel and in American Jewish Discourse on December 5 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm.
In the year of Israel's 70th anniversary, the spotlight on Arab citizens and Jewish-Arab relations has intensified in Israel and in the Diaspora. Join the Task Force for a day of shared learning on recent developments in the field and North American Jewish educational priorities on these issues.
The Task Force will present to the St. Louis Jewish community on developments in Israel’s Jewish-Arab relations over the years and trends in Israel's Arab society. Discussion will include some of the most inspiring changemakers and projects on the ground with a focus on how this work relates to American Jewish interest and understanding of Israel.
On October 22, 2018, academics and civil society leaders gathered at a seminar organized by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Abraham Initiatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities prompted by the radical increase in the number of Arab students in Israeli academia, a result of the Council for Higher Education's plans to enhance Arab citizens' access to higher education. The Israeli government has allocated substantial funds toward this goal since 2011.
Since 2009, Project Wadi Attir has worked to become a model for sustainable development in an arid region, fusing traditional Bedouin pastoral and agricultural practices with cutting-edge technology. In recent months, the Project reports significant expansion of its educational programming; an increase in ecotourism and additions to its tourism infrastructure; festival celebrations for Ramadan and Sukkot; and developments in its unique and delicious dairy products.
See Wadi Attir’s recent newsletter for more about these and additional developments.
A Task Force report on the significance of local elections in Arab society, the major issues that influenced campaigns and outcomes, and the internal trends and dynamics at play.
Join us for a conference call on Monday, November 19, with former mayor and former MK, Dr. Hanna Swaid, and Ola Najami Yousef, Director of Leadership Initiatives of the Abraham Fund. They will share insights into the campaigns, outcomes and reactions in Arab society, and the possible implications for ongoing social and economic trends in Israel's Arab society.