As Israelis try to decipher the recent election results, the New Israel Fund will host a conversation April 29 on the implications and a look at the path ahead. A panel of experts, including AJT freelancer Dave Schechter, will discuss what lies ahead for Israeli democracy and explore which issues will define the struggle for equality and democracy in the new Knesset.
Panelists include Mikhael Manekin, Israeli director of The Alliance for Israel’s Future, and Libby Lenkinski, New Israel Fund’s vice president for public engagement, in conversation with Schechter.
NIF advances and defends democracy in Israel. The organization is credited with building Israeli progressive civil society and has provided more than $300 million to more than 900 organizations since its inception in 1979.
NIF doesn’t support or oppose any candidate or political party for election. “We look at the big picture and share the most important stories about issues that affect Israelis from all walks of life,” the organization reports.
The event, 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shearith Israel, involves these panelists:
Mikhael Manekin is an Israeli-American Orthodox activist and strategist based in Jerusalem. He represents The Alliance for Israel’s Future, a consortium of donors and organizations focused on building new, progressive political leadership in Israel. Through the Alliance, Manekin established the Shutafut fellowship, a yearlong program for up-and-coming progressive leaders from diverse backgrounds to deepen political analysis and skills. Shutafut is rapidly becoming a catalyst for political change on the municipal and national levels.
Libby Lenkinski represents NIF, where she leads all aspects of the organization’s public efforts in the United States, including communications, digital, programs, events, leadership, community partnerships and engagement, New Generations and fellowships. Prior to joining NIF, Libby lived and worked in the Israeli non-profit field for almost a decade.
Dave Schechter became a newspaper reporter in the late 1970s in the Midwest and then a local television assignment manager. Moving to Israel, Schechter joined CNN as Jerusalem bureau producer. A few years later, he returned to the U.S. and worked for the network in Atlanta. He served on the national news desk for more than 26 years including as weekend national editor, Southeast region editor, and senior national editor. For the past five years, he has been freelancing. He writes a regular column and in-depth articles for the AJT and writes for other Jewish and secular publications.
You can learn more about NIF at www.nif.org.