The New Israel Fund Comes to Beth David
Tuesday May 23, 2017 7:30 PM
Over the past few months, Americans have organized against shocking policies that strike at the heart of American, Jewish, and democratic values. Overseas, Israelis have confronted the erosion of democratic values by successive extreme right-wing governments.
Civil liberties groups in both countries have mobilized to defend democratic values – and even the very rule of law. Blunting xenophobic and ultra-nationalist overreach time and again, legal advocates have emerged as preeminent protectors of equality, justice, and democracy.
One of Israel’s foremost civil liberties litigators and the executive director of ACRI (Israel's equivalent of the ACLU), Sharon will share insights from the struggle to protect democracy and equality in Israel and open a conversation on how our two communities can work together to advance our shared values.
Sharon Abraham-Weiss is the Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). Previously, she represented ACRI in such landmark cases dealing with family unification, social welfare, and state land distribution. She has also served on the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission of the Ministry of Economy. Ms. Abraham-Weiss is a founding member of Itach-Maaki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice and co-founder of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Breira Center, which coordinates law students volunteering in the community. Ms. Abraham-Weiss holds LL.B. and B.Sc. degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an LL.M from Tel Aviv University. She also holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Wexner Fellow.
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), established in 1972, is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of human rights and civil liberties issues in Israel. More about ACRI here: www.acri.org.il/en/
The New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided millions of dollars to more than 900 organizations since our inception in 1979. More about NIF here: www.nif.org