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Opportunity to work with a social justice organisation making a real difference

NIF Australia (NIFAu) is the Australian affiliate of the New Israel Fund (NIF), which is based in the USA and Israel and is the leading organisation committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. It is a partnership of Israelis and supporters of Israel worldwide, dedicated to a vision of Israel as both the Jewish homeland and a shared society at peace with itself and its neighbors.  NIF strengthens organisations and leaders that work to achieve equality for all the citizens of the state, to realise the civil and human rights of all, including Palestinian citizens of Israel, to recognise and reinforce the essential pluralism of Israeli society and to empower groups on the economic margins of Israeli society.

NIF Australia is seeking an administrative officer in Sydney or Melbourne for thirty hours per week (worked flexibly) to  provide administrative support for its activities which centre on fundraising around events and associated activities, including publicity for events, updating supporters through newsletters, email and social media, and providing administrative support for an energetic and committed honorary Board and committees.

Main skills required:

  • Excellent administration skills gained in working for organisations;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Good IT skills including database management (experience in NationBuilder an advantage), NIFAu Facebook site administration and NIFAu website content publishing (training for website and database will be provided);
  • Experience in event management, including publicity and advertising for events.

Some knowledge of business finance an advantage.

To express your interest, and to see a detailed job description, e-mail info@nif.org.au.

High-profile patrons sign up for NIF Australia

Martin Indyk, raised in Australia and two-time United States ambassador to Israel, and Ronni Kahn, founder and CEO of the food rescue organisation OzHarvest, have become inaugural patrons of the Australian branch of the New Israel Fund. 

The co-patrons met recently in Sydney and accepted the unanimous invitation of the NIF Australia board, its president, Robin Margo, said this week. 

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Response to Smear Campaign

Certain groups are alleging that an NIF-backed group, Adalah, is participating in a global BDS event. That charge has garnered the attention of bloggers and media outlets.

Here are the facts:

1) As a matter of policy, the New Israel Fund does not fund global BDS activities. Nor do we support organizations that have global BDS programs. The New Israel Fund has always supported Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

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Support for the Green Network on Tu Bishvat

Green NetworkOn Tu Bishvat, NIF Australia records with gratitude that the children of the late Marie Clare Frankel have donated a substantial amount from of her estate to NIF Australia for the Green Network.

Green Network, a project supported by NIF through the Green Environment Fund, aims to instil environmental understanding, awareness and sustainability as core values in education and works in 100 schools throughout Israel, both Jewish and Arab, and through twelve regional networks. Marie Frankel was a trained horticulturist who cherished values of pluralism and tolerance.

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Updates from David Landau's Speaking Tour for New Israel Fund Australia

David LandauAll the tweets, Facebook posts, blog entries and news clippings from David Landau's speaking tour for New Israel Fund Australia. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates. You can also donate to New Israel Fund Australia.

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Fighting back against incitement

Israel's Education Ministry decided Tuesday to close down an extremist yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar because its students were attacking Palestinians and the Israeli army. 
 
Attacks from extremists on Palestinians, on Israeli peace activists, and on Israeli soldiers are on the rise. Shutting down the yeshiva in Yitzhar is an overdue -- but welcome -- sign that the Israeli government may be stepping up to address the issue.
 
It’s vital that we show Israel’s political leaders that supporters of Israel worldwide stand with them when they do the right thing.

Sign this NIF letter and show Israel’s education minister that we’re paying attention.

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Former Haaretz Editor-In-Chief David Landau to Visit Australia Next Month for New Israel Fund

David LandauThe New Israel Fund’s Australian branch confirmed today it is bringing former Haaretz Editor-In-Chief David Landau to Australia on a speaking tour next month. This tour coincides with NIF Australia's first project funding drive that supports important programs across the spectrum of Israeli social causes.

View all the running updates from David's speaking tour.

Mr Landau – who appeared on ABC’s Lateline tonight to discuss the release of Gilad Shalit – will make several addresses to a variety of audiences in Sydney and Melbourne between November 14 and 27.

To receive details about his speaking engagements, click here.

NIF events with David Landau:

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Shana Tova from NIF Australia

Dear friend -- 

The year that is drawing to a close brought increased uncertainty in the Middle East but it has also seen dramatic, positive developments within Israel.

What started with one grew quickly to tens, then hundreds, then thousands, culminating in over 400,000 Israelis - of all ethnic origins, all ages, all religions and none – participating in the biggest demonstration in Israel’s history, chanting together “The People Demand Social Justice.”

There is greater recognition now that, despite the excellent performance of the economy, the gap between the 'haves' and the ‘have-nots’ of Israeli society has grown unacceptably large, that the equality and social solidarity that was once a distinctive characterisitic of Israeli society has been progressively undermined.

Despite the many challenges that continue to face Israel in the region, there has been a flowering of renewed concern with social justice – the need to ensure equality, basic human dignity and a fair and democratic society.  And Israel and supporters of Israel can justly be proud of that.

It is a credit too to the New Israel Fund, which has identified and championed such issues for years, and will continue to do so long after the tent cities have all been packed up.

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The new leader of the New Israel Fund

Isi Leibler has been a dedicated Zionist for his entire career. I know that he loves Israel and is dedicated to its future. So am I. Which is why, next June, after a career that has included stints running the national UJA and a major Federation, I will become the next chair of the New Israel Fund.

“I am taking this on as the capstone of my career because I believe that the New Israel Fund is the most important organization helping Israel realize its founding principles.  And thus I must address recent attacks on the New Israel Fund, including that of Mr. Leibler’s (“The Two Faces of the New Israel Fund” September 15.)

First, it’s important to understand that Mr. Leibler’s viewpoints are embedded in a right-wing ideology, one which I’m sure he thinks necessary to ensure Israel’s survival. That said, his writings exculpating settler behavior, attacking other progressive organizations and supporting problematically anti-democratic legislation in the Knesset are a matter of record.

He should have, however, in praising NGO Monitor, acknowledged that he is on the board of International Overseers and chairs the Israel-Diaspora Committee of the Jerusalem Council on Public Affairs, the body that founded NGO Monitor.  Perhaps relying overmuch on that organization, which has long justified its existence by targeting the New Israel Fund, many of Mr. Leibler’s facts are wrong.

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Adalah at work as High Court orders Jewish Galilee town to accept Arab couple

Arab couple in IsraelHa'aretz reports on a victory for New Israel Fund grantee Adalah:

An Israeli Arab couple from Sakhnin won a six-year battle yesterday to build a home in the Galilee community of Rakefet when the High Court of Justice ordered its community association and the Israel Lands Administration to provide them with a plot of land within 90 days.

The couple, Fatina and Ahmed Zabeidat, had been rejected twice by the Rakefet community association in their bid to move to the Jewish Misgav area village but they were told that they were not compatible with the life of the community. [...]

Suad Bishara, an attorney for of Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights, expressed the hope that the Zabeidats' case would buttress prospects for the court to invalidate the admissions committee law itself. "We regret that the couple had to go through about six years of legal battle after they were not accepted into the community just because of their Arab background," the lawyer added.