Mixed Presence

New Challenges to Shared Society: Building Bridges in the Midst of War


November 30, 2023


07:00 PM - 08:30 PM EDT


Mixed Presence


New Challenges to Shared Society:Building Bridges in the Midst of War with Jimmy Taber, International Development Director of The Abraham Initiatives

Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Israeli citizens are still reeling from the devastating human toll of the October 7 attacks, and the ongoing bombing in Gaza has only added to these tensions. As the threat of further violence looms, and many recall the outbreak of inter-communal violence in May of 2021, the crucial work of building shared society between Jewish and Palestinian citizens has never been more important. Historically, NGOs have been the leading voices ensuring that all communities are protected and adequately served during periods of conflict – while they face new and significant challenges to their work, they are also drawing from this experience to break the cycle of violence. 

Over the last 34 years, The Abraham Initiatives has developed evidence-based mechanisms and programs to build and protect shared society. Even as staff members in Israel face the threat of unimaginable violence, they continue to work tirelessly to ensure all citizens of Israel—Jewish and Palestinian—are protected. Join Jimmy Taber, International Development Director of The Abraham Initiatives, at Temple Israel on Thursday, November 30 from 7:00-8:30 pm for a discussion about challenges to shared society in the shadow of October’s violence.

Jimmy Taber: Jimmy Taber serves as the International Development Director of The Abraham Initiatives, an Israeli organization working to build a shared society with full and equal access to citizenship for all Israelis – Jewish and Palestinian. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he earned his BA in Critical Theory and Social Justice from Occidental College and his MA and MBA from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program and The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Prior to joining The Abraham Initiatives, Jimmy worked with organizations including New Israel Fund and Center for International Migration and Integration at JDC-Israel. Jimmy lives on New York’s Upper West Side with his wife Rabbi Mia Simring and two small children, Nava and Ami.

The Abraham Initiatives works to fulfill the promise of full and equal citizenship and complete equality of social and political rights for Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens. Over the past 30 years, the organization has successfully promoted shared society through multiple avenues, including the development of educational programs in which Jewish and Palestinian students learn together; advocacy for investment in Palestinian communities to address the underlying causes of crime and violence; administration of personal security workshops, Arabic lessons, and elections campaign trainings; and implementation of public awareness campaigns to encourage the participation of Palestinian citizens in civic life.

Register Here. Please contact cajl@tisrael.org with any questions.

This event is hosted by Temple Israel of Boston and co-sponsored by ARZA@TBE, Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, J Street@TBE, New Israel Fund, Temple Emanuel, Ohabei Shalom, Temple Beth Zion, Temple Shalom, and Temple Shir Tikvah.

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