Task Force Activities
Join us in Washington, DC and Delaware to hear Ifat Baron and Alaa Halumi speak about efforts to integrate Arabs into Israel’s most important industry and the personal journey of an Arab woman who broke through the barriers and is now a role model to others.
Employment among Arab women in Israel has risen 6 percent in the past two years, with 40 percent of Arab women employed as of the end of 2018. This sharp rise in employment results from a major decade-long increase in the education level of Arab women, which has been a focus of the Israeli government.
In November 2018, the Israeli Ministry of Education (MOE) and the organization Social Finance Israel (SFI) established a Social Impact Bond of NIS 22 million entitled “Enhancing Math Achievements for Bedouin Youth,” toward advancing math matriculation exam scores among graduating high school students in the Bedouin city of Rahat.
In early December, controversy surrounded the newly elected mayor of Haifa, Mayor Einat Kalisch-Rotem, over the coalition agreement she signed with the Haifa Front (the local Jewish-Arab party associated with Hadash), and her appointment of its local head, Arab attorney Adv. Raja Za’atara, (previously a spokesman for the Joint List) as deputy mayor for the second half of the term.
Increasing the involvement of Arab children and youth in programs of informal education is a primary focus of Government Resolution 922 (GR-922), the historic five-year economic development plan for Israel’s Arab society. Informal education, encompassing a wide range of educational and social extracurricular activities, is regarded in Israel as an important part of childhood and adolescence, helping to build social, academic and leadership skills; enhancing access to higher education and employment opportunities; and involving children, youth, and adults in community 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.