Israeli granting program helps empower women

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In Israel, NCJW does its work through empowering Israeli and American women to improve the lives of women, children and families. NCJW brings a unique Jewish women’s progressive approach to advancing social justice and gender equality. Grants provided to Israeli organizations enable participation in advocacy coalitions, policy statements, and pioneering work in education and research, NCJW is a leader of women’s and gender rights in Israel.  For more than 70 years, NCJW members, throughout the U.S. have been supporting women, children, and families throughout Israeli society regardless of ethnicity, religion and economic status. We advocate for the equal status of women in the face of religious fundamentalism; women’s political leadership; women’s economic empowerment; LGBTQ rights; and educational opportunities for women.  Our Sarasota-Manatee Section will submit a proposal to support this program in the fall.

For the year 2018-2019, Anita Knisbacher and Marcia Schweitzer will present a unique video: PROMISES followed by a discussion. This is a beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children. PROMISES follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Although they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. PROMISES explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors. The children of PROMISES offer refreshing, personal and sometimes humorous insight into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. With remarkable balance and a compelling blend of pathos and humor, this Oscar-nominated Emmy Award winning film moves the conflict out of politics.The date and place has yet to be determined and plenty of notice will be provided.