New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed
to equality and democracy for all Israelis.
Friday, August 9
6:00pm Shabbat Service
6:30pm Lecture and Discussion
Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center
130 Center St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
In recent years, religious extremists in Israel have taken bold steps to remove women from the Israeli public sphere. Many public places are increasingly gender segregated. The vandalism and eventual removal of photographs of women from advertisements in Jerusalem reached a flash point last year. Women have been made to sit at the back of the bus on numerous public bus lines and required to walk on separate sidewalks in certain neighborhoods. Although these efforts by segments of the Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) minority have gained momentum in recent years, they have been met with push-back from Israelis of all Jewish backgrounds, including those within the Orthodox community. NIF CEO Daniel Sokatch will give an overview of these issues, outline what is being done to combat discrimination against women, and provide examples of how Israelis are successfully working together to promote tolerance, inclusion, and respect for diversity.
Daniel J. Sokatch is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Before joining NIF, Sokatch served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Prior to his tenure at Federation, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles based Progressive Jewish Alliance. In recognition of his leadership, Sokatch has been named to the Forward newspaper’s “Forward 50,” an annual list of the fifty leading Jewish decision-makers and opinion-shapers, in 2002, 2005 and 2008 and 2010. Daniel has an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and a BA from Brandeis University. He is married with two daughters and resides in San Francisco.