Israel: From Democracy to Theocracy? Championing Religious Freedom in Israel Featuring Mickey Gitzin, New Israel Fund’s newly appointed Executive Director in Israel

October 17, 2017 Free

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Refreshments will be served.

As a liberal, openly gay son of Russian immigrants, newly appointed NIF Executive Director in Israel, Mickey Gitzin, recognizes both the great leaps forward that Israel has made in advancing equality for all its citizens and the challenges that remain.

That’s why Gitzin is leading the charge as part of a new wave of young Israeli leaders fighting for the soul of their country. Before joining NIF, Gitzin founded and directed one of Israel’s most prominent religious freedom organizations and galvanized thousands of young Israelis. Now at the helm of NIF’s operations in Israel, he comes to our community as American Jewry grapples with pressing questions about our relationship to Israel.

At a time when Israel’s government continues to cede power to the ultra-orthodox, what does the future of Israel look like for Jews around the world? Which past victories do we take for granted? And which issues are the most important for Israelis and Americans to solve in the coming years?

Join us for a fascinating conversation with one of Israel’s most prominent civil society leaders about how Americans and Israelis can unite to solve Israel’s most vexing challenges.

About Us

Mickey Gitzin is the newly-appointed Executive Director of the New Israel Fund in Israel. Mickey also serves as a city council member in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, where he chairs committees for diversity and public housing. He is also the Mayor’s advisor for global development and innovation.

Prior to joining NIF, Mickey was the founding director of “Israel Hofsheet” (Be Free Israel), a leading grassroots organization fighting for separation of religion and state in Israel. Previously, Mickey was the spokesperson for MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz) and the Associate Director of “Festival BeShekel,” an organization advancing arts and culture in Israel’s geographic and socioeconomic periphery. After completing his military service as an intelligence officer, he served as a shaliach (emissary) in South Bend, Indiana for the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Mickey holds a Master’s in Public Policy from University College-London, for which he received a Chevening Scholarship from the British Foreign Office and the British Council.

In 2013, Mickey received NIF UK’s Human Rights Award, and in 2015, NIF’s Gallanter Prize for Emerging Israeli Social Justice Leaders.

The New Israel Fund is the leading organization advancing and defending equality and democracy for all Israelis. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided over $300 million to more than 900 organizations since our inception in 1979. Learn more about NIF on our website —

Organized by: Mordy Labaton

Location: 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Atlanta, GA 30360 United States

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