"My connection with Israel has always been strong, despite concerns about growing socio-economic inequality and the increasing marginalisation of non-orthodox streams. It is also concerning that the peace camp is failing to advance a narrative that Israel’s long-term security depends on its ability to build ties with its neighbours. I have long admired the work of NIF in support of Israeli civil society, and applied for the Fellowship so I could gain a greater understanding of these issues. I was also keen to learn how liberal Zionists in the Diaspora could support grass roots movements in Israel which are advancing a more progressive agenda. As a result of the Fellowship, I have a deeper understanding of the complexities of Israeli society and feel privileged to share my knowledge and experiences with others in the Sydney Jewish community."
Eli Oshorov, Sydney
"I applied for the Naomi Chazan fellowship because I wanted to experience Israel through the lens of the New Israel Fund and learn more about the complexity of contemporary Israeli society. I have always appreciated how invested our diaspora community is in the future of Israel, and that our voices count, my issue was the predominant voice did not represent mine. Being able to connect with a community that believe in the same Israel as I do has provided me with a framework to stand up and inspire change. The combination of actively experiencing the work of NIF grantees in Israel and the provision of skills and knowledge received from NIF Australia has also given me the confidence to discuss complex and multi layered issues."
Elysheva Elsass, Melbourne