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Love, Hate and the Jewish State 5.0: Gender Discrimination in Israel

The home of nonpolitical, non-persuasive dialogue on the intersection of social justice and Israel

Sponsored by the New Israel Fund. Co-sponsored by Hazon.

March 22, 2012, 7-10 PM

Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn
274 Garfield Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Cost: $10
Emceed by Liz Nord
filmmaker and producer of MTV’s Emmy award winning 2008 election coverage

For many of us, gender inequality describes unfair salary disparities, constricting gender norms or under-representation.

We couldn’t imagine a situation where we would be harassed if we didn’t sit at the back of the bus or were forced to use a different sidewalk because of our gender. We couldn’t imagine a system that would allow, in response to pressure from religious extremists, the removal of images of women from advertisements.

Yet headlines describing precisely these phenomena and worse are coming out of Israel, despite its notable history of women’s accomplishments. Some have pointed to religious extremism as a culprit in these events.  However, government policies and public disinterest have enabled the exclusion of women from many public spaces for decades.

How do these events influence the way we see ourselves as part of a global Jewish community? Does it change our relationship to Israel? What is appropriate for Diaspora Jews to do about these issues?

Join NIF for the fifth in a series of highly interactive, non-persuasive, non-political discussions with a diverse group of people in their 20s and 30s*. Followed by a reception.

*Please note, this event is for people in their 20s and 30s. Stay tuned for NIF’s many multi-generational New York events!

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