Task Force Activities

All-Members Meeting: State-Minority Relations in Israel in 2017 | Dec 4
December 4, 2017

The morning session will begin with opening remarks recorded by President of Israel Reuven Rivlin for this meeting, followed by our keynote speaker, the recently retired Honorable Supreme Court Justice, Salim Joubran. Justice Joubran will discuss his experience as the first Arab citizen on Israel's Supreme Court and serving as the only Arab judge on some of Israel's most sensitive cases.

Later, we will be joined for a panel discussion on state-minority and Jewish-Arab relations with Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Meir Elran, from Israel's Institute for National Security Studies, and Dr. Maram Masrawi, Director of the Program for Conflict Resolution at Ahmad Hijazi Peace College at Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam.

Bedouin Philanthropy in the Negev | Oct 18
October 18, 2017

In recent years, a small but growing number of Israel's Arab entrepreneurs are becoming involved in philanthropy to advance social change and development of Arab society. Traditionally a charitable practice in Arab culture, a new generation of business leaders is bringing their resources and know-how to strategic giving, and working to expand philanthropic networks in the process.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Israel's Arab Society
October 9, 2017

This year, as part of Israel’s nation-wide Pink October, Mariam will bring its educational campaign to ten different Arab and mixed communities from the center to the north of Israel. On October 18, Mariam will light Israel's Rambam Hospital in pink and hold a public breast cancer awareness conference with Rambam medical experts. On October 19, Mariam will light the US Embassy building in Tel-Aviv, an annual tradition, and conduct roundtables on the disease with representatives from Israel's major hospitals and provide women with references for mammography testing. Mariam's events attract large crowds ranging in size from several hundred to nearly 3,000 participants. 

Youth Village in Triangle Region a First for Arab Society
October 3, 2017

At the beginning of September, the Society for Advancement of Education (SAE) alongside Givat Haviva, Menashe Regional Council, and a group of local Arab entrepreneurs and educators, opened the Sindiana Youth Village: the Arab Youth Village for Young Leadership. The Youth Village, the first of its kind for Arab society in Israel, includes both a junior high and high school as well as a residential campus for students.

This year, the school will enroll 180 students in three classes in the seventh grade and two in the ninth and tenth grades and is expected to grow each year. At present, there are 25 students enrolled in the boarding school. In addition to promoting educational excellence, the school emphasizes informal education, social activity and involvement, and identity and culture. According to SAE, Sindiana is “part of a comprehensive plan for leadership development for Arab youth” that first started with the Jafra Leadership program for high school graduates in Sakhnin.

Pittsburgh Community Education Day on Arab Citizens in the Jewish State | Oct 23
October 2, 2017

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will hold their third annual Pittsburgh Community Education Day on Arab Citizens in the Jewish State featuring a screening of the documentary film "77 Steps", by Ibtisam Mara'ana, followed by a discussion with Ghaida Rinawie-Zoabi, Founder of Injaz Center for Professional Arab Local Governance, and Myriam Darmoni Charbit, Director of Civics and Shared life Education, Center for Educational Technology in Tel Aviv.

Task Force Update on CHE Plans to Enhance Arab Citizens Access to Higher Ed
September 26, 2017

This update provides a brief look into the current status of Arab citizen representation in Israel's higher education institutions, following completion of the CHE's first six-year plan to enhance access launched in 2011. It then outlines developments in the plans major programs and how the second six-year plan, launched in 2016, builds on and expands the these efforts.

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