Task Force Activities
A new study for the Ministry of Finance examines the increasing numbers of Arab students in higher education and continued barriers to their full integration. The study points to gaps in the Arab and Jewish public school systems in preparing students for higher education, and notes that matriculation rates have risen by the same percentage among both Arab and Jewish students. Continued focus among Arab students on healthcare-related fields of study has resulted in about one-quarter of them studying abroad due to lack of spots; the study recommends expanding these fields in Israeli institutions to increase students' employment prospects. The study has not yet been formally adopted by the Ministry of Finance.
Join us for a day of learning with the Society for Advancement of Education, Jerusalem (SAE) and American Friends of Kidum with experts from the US and Israel discussing the latest educational innovations in Haredi and Arab Society in Israel and the challenges of ensuring gender equality.
Join us for the Task Force Annual Meeting, Changing Landscapes in Israel's Jewish-Arab Relations on December 16 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm.
A year of back-to-back, too-close-to-call elections has thrust Israel's Arab parties and electorate into an unprecedented spotlight with political influence. How does this reflect Arab citizens changing interests and priorities? What impact has the drive for deeper Arab political participation had on Israeli discourse overall? How have government economic integration efforts been able to advance in parallel? Join us for an insightful day of shared learning with leading Israeli presenters.
In 2019, Israelis went to the polls–twice. In both elections, Arab-Jewish partnership was a major feature of the political discourse and Arab parties have risen to new prominence in the Israeli political landscape. What do these changes signal about trends within Arab society and Jewish-Arab relations beyond the headlines, and how do they relate to daily realities and ongoing efforts to advance shared society?
Join the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues, the New Israel Fund, UJA-Federation of New York and the Union for Reform Judaism for a morning of learning with leading shared society experts and co-directors of four major civil society organizations. Hear their insights into these developments and continuing efforts to promote equality and partnership between Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Formal Program: 8:30 am-10:30 am ET
Additional discussion time: 10:30 am-11:00 am ET
Location information provided upon RSVP
Please RSVP to [email protected]
Founded in 2007, the Other Israel Film Festival presents high-quality cinema that inspires conversation and takes an in-depth look into Israeli and Palestinian societies, as well as other underrepresented populations in Israel. The festival explores themes relating to human stories and social justice challenges for Israel and its neighbors. The goal of the festival is to use film as a a catalyst for a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of, and dialogue about Israeli and Palestinian societies. With our partners, we aim to engage our community, deepen its view, challenge its perspectives, and drive it to action.
Israeli urban planning experts Dr. Enaya Banna and Dr. Emily Silverman will address the Task Force and Jewish Funders Network about one of the most important and most complex issues facing Israel’s Arab society today, urban planning and its effect on housing and economic development.