Westchester Jewish Council Israel Connection: Building a Democratic and Inclusive Israel in the Time of COVID-19 with NIF

January 12, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join Westchester Jewish Council and the New Israel Fund (NIF) for a conversation with Shira Ben Sasson Furstenberg, NIF’s Associate Director in Israel, to learn about the fight for democracy and equality in Israel. NIF has continued to support activists and organizations even with the ongoing battle against COVID-19. For more than 40 years, NIF has led the way to achieve equality and justice in spite of the many challenges that face Israeli society, which today include a democracy under stress and a global pandemic. Come learn more about how NIF has risen to meet these challenges and to wrestle with the big questions that Israelis — and American Jews — are grappling with today.

Shira Ben Sasson Furstenberg is the Associate Director of NIF Israel and Director of the Development and International Relations Department. She previously served as Chief of Staff and spent ten years working as a grants and program officer at NIF and Shatil (NIF’s action arm in Israel), focusing on issues of Jewish pluralism and religious freedom. Shira was the director of the Jewish Pluralism Watch, the Masorti (Conservative) Movement’s Knesset watch. She also served as the director of iRep — Israel Religious Expression Platform — at the Jewish Federations of North America. She had additionally worked at the Knesset research and information center. Shira holds BA and MA degrees in sociology and anthropology from the Hebrew University and