What can we learn from Israel? A lot! Many of the cultural topics at the center of American thinking are the exact same topics that Israeli social innovators are hard at work on. Of course, common issues do not necessarily lead to common solutions. We hope, though, that by hearing what has been tried in Israel, we might be refreshed and inspired by new ideas. To that end, throughout the year we will host some of the top Israeli thinkers and cultural revolutionaries for a series of truly inspiring lectures. Topics will include: disabilities inclusion and rights, LGBTQIA inclusion and rights, minority women and food insecurity. Check back frequently for updates on our expanding year-long program.

Israeli Change Makers Schedule

Amal Elsana Alh'jooj

January 17, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Temple Beth Zion - Beth Israel

Amal Elsana Alh’jooj is a renowned activist in the Bedouin community in Israel. She began her career as a community organizer at age 14. At 17, she established the first Arab Bedouin women’s organization, and ever since her work promoting women’s rights, Arab citizens’ rights and Jewish-Arab relations in Israel has helped to revolutionize public opinion for minority groups in Israel. She is a former candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Commission for Economic Development of the Arab Sector, the Steering Committee of Shutafut-Sharaka, and the professional committee of the Employment Creation Division of the JDC. Amal is currently completing her PhD in the philosophy of social work at McGill University. Join us to hear Amal discuss her amazing personal journey, her work and her continuing vision for civic activism.