Speaker tour: Nasreen Hadad Haj'Yahya on forging a stronger ...
Speaker tour: Nasreen Hadad Haj'Yahya on forging a stronger shared Israeli society
Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya is the Director of the Jewish-Arab Relations Program at the Israel Democracy Institute. As an Arab woman from the mixed city of Ramle, Nasreen has broken numerous social and cultural barriers to become one of the leading civil society figures looking at developing Arab leadership and socio-economic participation in Israel as part of building a more shared and equitable society. Host her in your community to hear her personal story, professional insights, and for a "behind-the-headlines" discussion of Jewish-Arab relations, challenges and opportunities in Israel.
- February 25 7:00pm at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis | Sh’ma: Listen! Event – The Arab Minority in the Jewish State: Realities and Visions or a More Shared Society
- February 27 at 7:00pm in partnership with the Jewish Federation of New Haven, JCRC and the Yale Hillel | Jewish Community Relations Council of New Haven Event at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, 80 Wall Street, New Haven, CT
Since 2015, Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya has served as the Director of the Arab-Jewish Relations Program at The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) where she was previously a researcher. Prior to her work with IDI, Nasreen directed the Merchavim Institute’s initiative, Diversity in the Teachers’ Room, collaborating with the Ministry of Education to integrate Arab teachers into Jewish schools. A native of Ramla and an expert in the field of Arab-Jewish relations, Nasreen works to bridge socio-economic gaps between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. In particular, she has expertise on efforts to advance informal education in Israel’s Arab society, lift the socioeconomic profile of Arab youth, improve integration of Arab citizens into higher education and the job market, and increase representation of Arabs in Israel’s civil service and decision-making circles. Nasreen has won numerous academic distinctions and scholarships, including the University Merit Scholarship of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Geography and Human Environment (2012) and a Merit Scholarship from the Bikura Science Foundation (2011-2012). A current Doctoral candidate at Tel Aviv University, her thesis examines “The contemporary impact of social space barriers on the inaction and future orientation of young Arabs aged 18–22.” She holds an MA in Education and Social Geography.