New Israel Fund 2015 Annual Report

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A nnua l REPORT 2015

Israel’s democracy has been a pillar of strength through years of siege. It is not always easy to tolerate or defend groups that criticize the state or those in power, but allowing them to function normally is an important test of democracy, and, ultimately, the mark of an open and free society. — “A Danger to Israeli Democracy,” Washington Post editorial


But even as the Israeli government employs Sovietstyle incitement to quiet human rights defenders, Israel is still an open society. And this obliges all Israelis who care about human rights to keep raising our voices against injustice. As the Jewish theologian and philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel

Our society has tremendous social solidarity, and that solidarity is still with us.

once said, “In a free society, some are guilty but all are responsible.” — Michael Sfard, leading human rights lawyer

— NIF President Talia Sasson

Jewish and Arab Shatil staff members declare ‘we refuse to be enemies.’

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2015 Achievements

Human Rights and Democracy Following a legal petition by NIF grantee Emek Shaveh, the Israeli Civil Administration that controls the West Bank cancelled a license that was awarded illegally to Jewish settlers in Hebron to establish an archaeological site in the heart of the Palestinian neighborhood Tel Rumeida. As an association of progressive archaeologists, Emek Shaveh fights efforts like these to use archaeology as a pretense for expanding settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Combating Racism NIF grantee Sikkuy is leading the struggle against discrimination as tensions between Jewish and Arab citizens escalate due to recent violence. In response to several schools banning Arab workers, Sikkuy launched a campaign urging government ministers to oppose the illegal dismissal of Arabs from their jobs. Sikkuy also sent an urgent appeal to the Attorney General and distributed information to Arab workers explaining how to receive assistance from the government’s Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.

Bedouin Israelis Three schools in Umm Batin, a Bedouin village in Israel’s South, are now finally connected to the electricity grid after a Supreme Court ruling. More than 3,000 students are affected by this case, following a petition filed by NIF grantee Adalah in 2013, and 3 other schools are in the process of being connected. Additionally, several indictments against individuals arrested during protests against home demolitions in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al Araqib were dismissed by the Be’er Sheva Magistrate’s Court.

Religious Freedom With the help and guidance of NIF grantee Mavoi Satum, a woman who married outside the auspices of the chief rabbinate was able to get a divorce in an independent religious court. This represents a major victory for alternatives to the chief rabbinate’s monopoly and its state-backed rabbinical courts.


Social Justice Local residents and activists won a decades-long battle to open a nature preserve in the heart of Jerusalem. A coalition of local residents and social justice activists, assisted by Shatil and NIF grantee Bimkom — Planners for Planning Rights, fought to keep the land out of the hands of private interests. In addition to saving this important green space, activists are also promoting a project to repopulate the valley’s near-extinct gazelle herd.

East Jerusalem In a major victory for equality, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the municipal government must maintain roads and infrastructure in Kafr Aqab, East Jerusalem’s northernmost neighborhood. This underserved Palestinian neighborhood is beyond the separation barrier and does not receive basic services from the Jerusalem Municipality, even though it’s located within the city’s boundaries. NIF grantee Ir Amim filed this petition on behalf of Kafr Aqab’s 20,000 residents.

Combating Women’s Exclusion Veteran NIF grantee Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) won a major victory when the court ruled against “modesty signs” — publicly posted signs demanding modest attire for women. The ruling found Beit Shemesh’s municipal government guilty of gross negligence in its failure to act against the illegal signs, awarded damages to the four plaintiffs, and demanded that the city immediately remove the signs.

Economic Justice Thanks to several years of intensive advocacy efforts by flagship NIF grantee the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), as well as a petition to Israel’s Supreme Court, poor families can no longer be disconnected from the water supply due to poverty and inability to pay their bills.

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In response to recent violence and rising tensions, demonstrators declared that Jews and Arabs “refuse to be enemies.�


This is what Shared Society Looks like:

People of all racial and ethnic backgrounds coming together to declare that racism and exclusion have no place in their society.

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Shared Society and Combating Racism


brought another surge in racism and tensions between Jewish and Arab citizens. Leading up to the March elections, ultranationalist candidates openly incited against Israel’s Arab minority, calling for violence, loyalty oaths, and expulsion. On Election Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the threat of Arabs ‘heading out to the polls in droves’ to turn out his base and fan the flames of fear and prejudice. From the Jerusalem Pride Parade to the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel was rocked by terror attacks. These acts of violence against innocent


civilians, including both Jews and Arabs, created a climate of fear and distrust. It’s no wonder that recent polling found that nearly half of Israeli Jews want Arab citizens expelled, and almost as many do not believe that peace is possible. In a year in which extremists tried to tear Arabs and Jews apart, the NIF family was at the forefront of bringing them back together. Behind the headlines and reports of violence, there were ordinary Israelis from all backgrounds who fought back against racism and incitement. They are creating an Israel in which minorities exercising their right to vote is not a threat, but a celebrated symbol of a shared society.

In a shared society, minority groups are not just tolerated — they are valued as an irreplaceable part of the whole. To make that vision a reality, NIF grantees work to ensure that there are public spaces where different sectors can meet and mix as part of everyday life. That’s why NIF grantee Givat Haviva has fostered shared space partnerships between Arab and Jewish municipalities in northern Israel, including shared tourism projects and shared economic development initiatives. This is not just

Ordinary Israelis from all backgrounds fought back against racism and incitement. They are creating an Israel in which minorities exercising their right to vote is not a threat, but a celebrated symbol of a shared society.

NIF organizations led a successful campaign to make civics textbooks more inclusive.

coexistence and meeting the “other” — it’s coming together as equals, based on shared values and interests, and shaping a society that both enriches everyone and is enriched by everyone. But building a shared society also means taking decisive action against those whose agenda pits Israelis against each other. The Coalition Against Racism, which represents nearly 50 organizations, fought back against the hate-filled climate of the elections season by promoting voices against racism across the usual dividing lines, including Mizrahi Jews condemning violence against Arab citizens and Russian-speaking Israeli leaders denouncing racism against Ethiopian Jews.

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NIF proudly supported Ethiopian Israelis when they took to the streets to protest police brutality and racism.

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NIF’s partners in the New Initiatives for Democracy (NIFD) program are also involved. The Shaharit think tank hosts a group of Palestinian Israeli citizens who are in dialogue with groups from other sectors, including the ultra-Orthodox, national religious and Mizrahi Jews. Mitvim, a foreign policy think tank, sponsored a joint project with the Abraham Fund designed to include PalestinianIsraeli citizens in the peace process. The Mizrahi organization Kol Israel Haverim (KIAH) devoted its annual education conference to the subject of shared society, and conducted a campaign for tolerance in Jerusalem based on the writings of traditional Jewish religious sages.


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This is what shared society looks like in practice — people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds coming together to declare that racism and exclusion have no place in their society. Late in the year, the Netanyahu government announced an enormous increase in funding to the Arab sector for education, transportation, and land and housing expansion. Although the agreement remains to be implemented, those involved credit NIF grantee Sikkuy for working tirelessly to develop the new budget blueprint, and for continuing to monitor the political process to ensure that equal funding finally reaches one of Israel’s most underserved communities.

Out of divisiveness, unity. For the first time, Arab and Jewish-Arab parties united in the Joint List, which emerged as the third largest party in the Knesset led by MK Ayman Odeh, a veteran shared society activist. In his first Knesset speech, Odeh declared that Israel’s future depends on Arab and Jewish citizens sharing society as equals.

“Brothers and sisters, do not give in to despair and distrust… our children and our grandchildren will continue to live together in this land, Arabs and Jews. We have no choice but to choose life. Let us choose life.” — MK Ayman Odeh

At a gathering near Wadi Ara, demonstrators declared “Jews and Arabs want peace.”

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Despite the attacks and delegitimization, Israel’s human rights activists are committed to defending the most marginalized. We cannot abandon them.


Tag Meir led an emotional and difficult visit to the scene of the horrific arson attack which killed three members of the Dawabsheh family.

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Human Rights and the Occupation


have warned for decades that the 49-year-old occupation and settlement enterprise erode Israel’s democracy, its safety, and its standing in the world. But only recently have many Israelis begun to see these warnings coming true. NIF-supported human rights groups have tirelessly documented the human, moral, and strategic cost of the occupation, from the testimonies of Breaking the Silence’s combat soldiers to the reports of the Mitivim think tank on Israel’s hawkish foreign policy and growing isolation. The settler lobby has fought back. With an ultra-nationalist message and many allies among Israel’s leadership, it has pushed a crackdown on dissent, attacking and inciting against critics of Israeli government policy. By branding human rights activists as “foreign agents,” “traitors,” and “terrorist moles,” these extremists attempted to silence progressive civil society, a linchpin of Israel’s democracy. In 2015, these attacks escalated. The attacks against the human rights community came at an already anxious time, as the situation in the Occupied Territories continued to deteriorate. Violent acts of terror claimed the lives of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians. The arson attack on the Dawabsheh family home in the West Bank village of Duma killed 3 people, including an 18-month-old child. In the months


that followed, dozens of Jewish civilians were killed and wounded by terror attacks. Instead of addressing the roots of the violence, rightwing extremists doubled down on incitement and fear, scapegoating the progressive camp that seeks to lead Israel out of this cycle of violence and retribution. Rather then give in to intimidation, Israel’s human rights activists understood the importance of these attacks — no one would be trying silence them if their message was not powerful. Michael Sfard, legal adviser to several NIF grantees, wrote in response to the smear campaign, “We

A dangerous smear campaign by ultranationalists defamed human rights activists as traitors.

NIF supporters in Israel and around the world are inspired by these front-line activists. While we cannot end the occupation overnight, we can ensure this threat to Israel’s democratic future does not fade from the public’s view. That’s why NIF grantees like B’Tselem work through the media to expose how the

settlement enterprise drains Israeli society economically, strategically, and morally. They are our partners in holding up a mirror to society and reminding the Israeli public of the costs of the occupation. NIF grantee Tag Meir, a coalition of organizations from across the religious spectrum, continued to raise a voice grounded in traditional Jewish values against violence and hate crimes. Tag Meir not only organized a powerful solidarity visit to the site of the Duma arson attack, but it also raised nearly $100,000 from ordinary Israelis for the surviving Dawabsheh child.

“I’m not afraid of [rightwing extremists]. I’m afraid of the next 50 years of occupation. What are you willing to do to make that future different?” — Hagai El-Ad, executive director of b’tselem photo by cha n dl er we st for irl prod uction s

need to internalize one thing: the strength of both the organizations that are working to end the occupation and their supporters is greater than we think.”

Under the occupation, violence against Palestinians is an all too common occurrence. That’s why Tag Meir activists have called on Israeli society to do more to protect Palestinians’ lives and property, proclaiming ‘do not be indifferent to racism.’

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NIF grantee Emek Shaveh fought back against efforts by far-right settler groups to use archaeological sites as a cover to evict Palestinian families from their East Jerusalem homes. These measures de-escalate tensions, restore calm to the city, and lay the foundations needed for a shared, peaceful city.


Ir Amim, a grantee that works for an equitable and sustainable future for Jerusalem, successfully petitioned the Israeli courts to improve roads and other vital infrastructure in the neglected Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. While the city confronts Jewish-Arab tensions in the present, Ir Amim is not losing sight of a better future for all of Jerusalem’s inhabitants. Emek Shaveh, another NIF grantee, fought back against efforts by far-right settler groups to use archaeological sites as a cover to evict Palestinian families from their East Jerusalem homes. These measures de-escalate tensions, restore calm to the city, and lay the foundations needed for a shared, peaceful city.

If the events of the past year have taught us anything, it’s that this conflict and this occupation cannot simply be managed.

We need longterm solutions for an Israel that protects human rights and guarantees equality for all.

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More than 1,300 people attended HaaretzQ with the New Israel Fund in New York, showing the strength of the progressive, pro-Israel community.


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NIF is based on a simple idea — people who care about equality and democracy can pool their resources and invest in long-term social change in Israel.

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Your Values, Your Voice, Your Community


Israel in the community can be fraught with tension for progressive American Jews. Israelis take a range of positions on their country’s future, while American Jews are often told to follow the party line and refrain from publicly criticizing Israeli government policy. The lively debates of the Knesset only highlight the limited discourse in the American Jewish community, especially when tiny and extreme minorities attempt to exclude liberal organizations like NIF from the debate. As a result, the gap between progressive American Jews and their Israeli counterparts can seem insurmountable. NIF was founded to bridge that gap, and not just as a funder. We are your direct connection to the Israelis who are working on the ground, day in and day out, to uphold the values of liberal democracy.

Right: Israeli President

Reuven Rivlin speaks at HaaretzQ. Below: NIF Law Fellow Mary

Haddad with Professor Herman Schwartz, founder of the NIF Law Fellowship, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


These statements confirmed what we’ve known all along, that in the words of NIF CEO Daniel Sokatch, “there is a hunger among American Jews to engage with Israel in a meaningful way, to connect

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The strength of that connection was on full display at “HaaretzQ with the New Israel Fund,” a gathering of more than 1,300 people, convened in partnership with Israel’s leading newspaper and a slew of American progressive organizations. We brought together Israeli and American journalists, politicians, and civil society leaders to ask the most pressing questions about Israel’s future and to bring Americans into a dynamic conversation with Israel’s most prominent change-makers.

President Barack Obama kicked off the conference with a special video greeting, thanking those assembled for their commitment to justice and democracy and reminding us that, “peace is necessary, just, and possible.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, a man of the Israeli right but a stalwart defender of civil liberties, delivered a keynote address on the importance of dissent and freedom of speech in Israeli society.

We brought together Israeli and American leaders to ask the most pressing questions about Israel’s future and to bring Americans into a dynamic conversation with Israel’s most prominent change-makers.

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to Israelis who don’t share the hardline views that we hear too often from those in power in Israel, and to figure out what we can do together to help Israel live up to the values of a humanist, liberal and democratic Jewish homeland.”

Progressive American Jews have not only proven their strength in numbers, but they have put their values into action. When NIF grantees were threatened by the latest version of the NGO bill, a law designed to weaken only those civil society organizations that criticize government policy, you answered the call. You joined us as we partnered with other progressive American

organizations in standing up for freedom of speech in Israel. While the fight against the NGO bill is far from over, we made it clear that many of Israel’s supporters believe in the values of liberal democracy and the importance of dissent. When Israel is rocked by violence and fear, some would have us quiet down and put the struggle for social change on hold. But it is precisely in those moments of uncertainty when we must double down on the values that we hold dear: equality, freedom, and justice. It is exactly when the future seems most in doubt that we must recommit to a shared future for all of Israel’s inhabitants. And it is surely when the stakes are so high when we owe it to Israel’s progressive camp to have their backs.

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NIF is based on a simple idea — people who care about equality and democracy can pool their resources and invest in longterm social change in Israel. There is no better way to show your support for Israel then by standing with the Israelis on the frontlines of the struggle for human rights, social justice, and religious freedom.

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New Israel Fund Statement of Financial Position As of December 31, 2015 and 2014


2015 2014


Cash and cash equivalents



9,055,126 9,356,879

Pledges receivable, current portion, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $85,139 and $58,780 in 2015 and 2014, respectively












Accounts receivable Prepaid expenses

Total current assets



Furniture, Equipment and Leasehold Improvements, net OTHER ASSETS

Pledges receivable, net of current portion Deposits

Total other assets


123,580 87,966 201,519






Accounts payable and accrued liabilities



Grants payable






Annuity payable, current portion Deferred rent abatement

Total current liabilities

– 3,645 5,982,326



Accrued severance



Deferred rent abatement



Annuity payable



The statement of financial position of New Israel Fund as of December 31st 2015 and 2014 and related statements of activities and changes in net assets for the years there ended are unaudited. For full financial statements, please visit


Total long-term liabilities Total liabilities

364,705 6,347,031

319,290 6,724,569

Unrestricted, Undesignated



Unrestricted, Board Designated


Total Unrestricted



Temporarily restricted




2,108,978 2,127,043


Total net assets






Statement of Activities and Change in Net Assets For the year ended December 31, 2015 with summarized financial information for 2014


Temporarily Permanently Unrestricted Restricted Restricted Total

2014 Total

REVENUE Contributions






Special events




Other revenue






1,000 33,062,783


Net assets released from donor restrictions

Total Revenues




Grants and Shatil










Management and general














Other program expenses

Total program services


Total supporting services

Total expenses

Change in net assets before other items







Investment income


Transfer of assets

Total other items

Change in net assets

Net assets at beginning of year















$2,108,978 $16,098,603









502,898 (780,999)

* These figures are unaudited. For audited financial statements of NIF for 2015, please visit

Program and Support Services Expenditures Grants to Israeli not for profit organizations


Shatil 4,854,874 Program expenses


Management and general


Fundraising 3,435,053 TOTAL $30,976,640

Grants to Israeli not for profit organizations


program expenses

Management and general


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Michel Abitbol

Roger Dreyfus

Dorothy Harman

Barbara Lipman

Robert Rifkind

Simone Susskind

Susan Adelman

Isser Dubinsky

Tova Hartman

David Lipman

June Rogul

Ingrid Tauber

Karen Adler

Sara Ehrman

Shlomo Hasson

Susan Liss

Irwin Rosenblum

Bonnie Tenenbaum

Sari Agatston

Akiva Eldar

Roni Hefetz

Sara Litt

Noreen Sablotsky

Doron Tsabari

Arieh Arnon

Rachel Elior

Jackie Heller

Pierre Loeb

Bettylu Saltzman

Gordon Tucker

Adeeb Awad

Roberta Elliott

Nehama Hillman

Jonathan Lopatin

Itzik Saporta

Karen Tucker

Avner Azulay

Lawrence Englander

Michael Hirschhorn

Yossi Malka

Gerard Sarnat

David Umansky

Mark Baker

Uzi Even

Avraham Infeld

Robin Margo

Lela Sarnat

Sanford Ungar

Maya Bar-Hillel

Sidra Ezrahi

Marvin Israelow

J. Rolando Matalon

Orna Sasson-Levi

Frank Vogl

Mordechai Bar-On

Lois Frank

Haim Izraeli

Ronit Matalon

Naomi Schacter

Al Vorspan

Uri Bar-Yosef

Ellie Friedman

June Jacobs

Kobi Metzer

Joshua Schoffman

Paul Wachter

Eliyahu Bareket

Janine Frier

Daniel Kahneman

Aviva Meyer

Lawrence Schwartz

Irving Wallach

Ilan Baruch

Aviva Futorian

Arlene Kanter

Sami Michael

Daniel Segal

Michael Walzer

Yossef Beinart

Barry Gaberman

Emile Karafiol

Cindy Miller

Amnon Sella

Ami Weinstein

Michael Ben-Yair

Lily Galili

Judith Karp

Dale Mnookin

Hannan Serphos

Sharon Weintraub

Oz Benamram

Linda Gallanter

Jane Katcher

Robert Mnookin

Haim Shachar

Diane Wexler

Melissa Berman

Itzhik Galnoor

Yadin Kaufman

Alla Shainskaya

Carol Winograd

Mindy Berman

Judith Gelman

Leslie Kimerling

Harriet MouchlyWeiss

Frederick Shaffer

Ruth Wolman

David Bernstein

Benny Gidron

Jonathan Klein

Alice Shalvi

Vincent Worms

Michael Bien

Susie Gilbert

Sara Klein

Shimon Shamir

Menachem Ya’ari

Sharon Brous

David Goldberg

Eve Biskind Klothen

Joan Shapiro

Dan Yakir

David Broza

Mark Goldberg

Ken Klothen

Peter Shapiro

Alex Yoffe

Avram Burg

Amiram Goldblum

Yehoshua Kolodny

Aliza Shenhar

Marcie Zelikow

Deborah Bussel

Frances Goldman

Jim Koshland

Ruth Sheshinski

Fred Zemans

Sara Cannon

Phyllis Goldman

Joan Kuriansky

Varda Shiffer

Dina Zisserman

Ruth Cheshin

Joanna Goodwin

Luis Lainer

Jonathan Shimshoni

Neta Ziv

Alan Cohen

Sally Gottesman

Betsy Landis

Steve Cohen

David Gottlieb

Noam Lautman

Yehudah Cohn

Barbara Green

Paul Lehman

Rachel Cowan

Jeffrey Green

Terry Lenzner

James Cummings

Sherri Greenbach

Marion Lev Cohen

Ellen Dahrendorf

Liz Greenstein

Shelley Levine

Jacob David

Lois Gunther

Judith Lichtman

Jerome Davidson

Richard Gunther

Jan Abby Liff

Jacques de Haller

Hanoch Gutfreund

Robert “Bud” Lifton

Avner de-Shalit

David Har’el

Russell Linden

Reuben Dori

Yisca Harani

Bryna Linett

Omri Dotan

Gilad Harish

Nati Linial

Louis Newman Raquel Newman Craig Newmark Lisa Orlick-Salka Bonnie Orlin Israela Oron Amos Oz Sarah Ozacky-Lazar Aaron Panken Ilan Paz Kathleen Peratis Motty Peri Alon Piltz Stuart Pollak Daniel Price Uriel Procaccia Paula Rackoff Frances Raday Claude Rakovsky Elaine Reuben

Avraham Shochat Joel Siegel Gabrielle Sigel Susan Silverman Ilana Snyder Marsha Soffer Howard Sohn Ronny Someck Gideon Stein Marla Stein Nancy Sternoff Shaanan Streett



The following individuals have generously provided for the future of the New Israel Fund by naming NIF the beneficiary of a will, life insurance policy or retirement plan, or by establishing a charitable gift annuity or trust.

NIF Legacy Society

In Memoriam

Planned gifts committed by generous NIF donors

In 2015 NIF received bequests from the following generous donors, may their memories be a blessing.

Anonymous (6) Ralph Alpert John & Betty Ann Altman Robert & Judith Appelbaum Flora B. Atkin Diane & Jean-Loup Baer Philip L. Bereano Howard & Dorothy Berger Joan I. Berger David W. Berkowitz Michael Bien & Jane Kahn Deborah Blank Dr. Ellen Borenfreund Laura S. Brown, Ph.D. Martin & Geraldine Brownstein

Estate of Martin & Ruth B. Fox John A. Franken Henry N. Friedel Sonia Fuentes Sanford & Linda Gallanter Lenore B. Gerstein Ghita D. Ginberg Zelia K. Goldberg Marjory Goldman Sylvia Goldstein Rena G. Golub Lois & Richard Gunther Helen Mayer Hacker Gerald & Carol Halpern Ellen & Ellis (z”l) Harris

Ruth Lederman Pauline A. Lerner Ann Levinson Jan Abby Liff Joan Lipnick Martin Lowenstein & Inbar Telem Ruth B. Lurie Mitra Makbuleh, Ph.D. Judith A. Mann Bernard & Roberta Marcus Daniel & Noémi Mattis The Purple Lady/ Barbara J. Meislin Fund

Claudia I. Chaves

Dr. Gabor T. Herman

Jonathan Cohen & Eleanor Friedman

Juliane M. Heyman Suzanne R. Hirsch

Leila Mustachi

David Hochberg Foundation

Jamie Natelson

Beverly & Stanley Diamond Douglas E. Duckett Isabel P. Dunst Estate of Betty Eldman

Estate of Sidney Hollander Jr. Donald & Mary Ann Horenstein Judith S. Hozore Linda Kacser Karen Kalish Michael Kaplan

Barry L. Nobel Henry & Sophie (z”l) Olshin Rachel Oriel Berg, Ph.D.

Mark Schleisner & Vivien Hoexter Mildred A. Schwartz

David & Lea Soifer Ellen Soren Beda Hilde Staniulis Anita Steiner Martin H Tannenbaum & Alex Ingersoll Steve Teichner Bruce Temkin & Judson Morrow Sandy & Bob Temkin Elizabeth Vorenberg Paul & Dorothy Wachter

Allan & Jane Paulson

Benjamin Ward

Arthur Peck

Monique Weil

Doris Pfeffer

Kayla M. Weiner, Ph.D.

Yahara Katzeff Hadass Kaufmann

Dan M. Pulcrano

Sylvia F. Fischer

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Laurayne Ratner

Eugene I. Fischer

Murray Koppelman

A. David & Esther Redding

Glenn R. Fleischman

Linda & Frank Kurtz

Leon Reinharth

Gail A. Foorman

Alyse Laemmle

Irwin J. Robinson

William E. Leavitt

William Rosen

Barbara & William (z”l) Fairman

Senator Elliot Schewel & Rosel Schewel

Estelle Nachimoff Padawer

Estate of Carol & Edward Plaut

Roberta Elliott Wantman

Hanna Schepps

Emily Skolnick

Harriet MouchlyWeiss & Charles Weiss

Shulamit Decktor

Lela & Gerard Sarnat

Theodore & Marylyn Miller Anne P. Mintz

Leonard Fein

Linda G. Klein

Donald L. Cohen

Lotte Fields

Helen Rehr

Rose C. Edelstein

Martin Hamburger

Norman Rothfeld

Audrey Eisenstadt

Earl Harris

Françoise Rothman

Diana R. Engel

Robert Henigson

Pauline Silverman Daniel A. Sugarman

David M. Saperstein

Estate of Rose L. Shure

Sheldon Hearst

Anonymous (2)

Jane Rubin

Shirley & Mitchell Miller

Natalie Caplin

Stephanie Davis

Lori Roth Gale

Joanne Shapiro

Ruth Harrison

Nathaniel (z”l) & Lotte Hoffman

Howard Rosof

Harold Shames

Norman L. Cantor

Ilana d’Ancona

Molly Rosenthal

Patricia A. Miller

Estate of Sabina H. Harris, Ed.D.

John W. Cotton

Estate of Gerald B. Rosenstein

Linda B. Miller

Marcia E. Burick

Mary I. Coombs

Marcus M. Rosenblum

Raymond L. Weisberg, M.D.

Endowment Funds NIF is grateful to many individuals and foundations for establishing endowments, family endowments, memorial funds and field-of-interest funds. These funds honor or memorialize individuals whose lives and values are reflected in the work of the New Israel Fund. Tzippora & Moshe Ayalon Memorial Fund Rosalyn Amdur Baker Endowment Fund Edith S. Coliver Human Rights Fund Gerald Cromer Paths of Peace Fund The Mitchell & Esther Fisher Law Fellowship Gallanter Family Philanthropic Fund Rita & Herbert Z. Gold Fund The A. Hiatt Fund Richard Israel Social Justice Fellows Fund/ Richard J. Israel Memorial Endowment Fund Toby & Nathan Jelinski Fund

Kahal Foundation Special Fund Karsten Family Philanthropic Fund Naomi Kies Endowment Fund

The Hirsch & Braine Raskin Endowment for Youth and Education Esther Leah Ritz Endowment

Clara Spitzer Lauder (Tanaka) Fund

Elizabeth Seelig Fund Wendy WeikerGordon Memorial Fund

Miriam Fligelman Levy CrossCultural Prize

Marianne Wolman Family Endowment Fund

Linda B. Miller Endowment Fund Raquel Newman Fund for Professional Development

Rudolph & Sarah Wyner Fund Yaffa London Yaari Scholarship Fund

Josephine Bay Paul Endowment for the Center for Law and the Child The Pomegranate B Fund Radov Family Philanthropic Fund

Ginia D. Wexler Stephen S. Winter Gail Bates Yessne & Peter Yessne Margot & Paul Zimmerman Janet Zobel

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2015 DONORS 100,000+ Anonymous (5) S. Daniel & Ewa Abraham Kathryn Ames Foundation, Inc. The Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Foundation The Nathan Cummings Foundation Barbara & Eric Dobkin Dorot Foundation Paul & Joanne Egerman Estate of Audrey Eisenstadt The Everett Foundation Estate of Lotte Fields European Union The Fine & Greenwald Foundation Franklin M. Fisher & Ellen Paradise Fisher Fohs Foundation Sanford & Linda Gallanter William & Serra Goldman

Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation

Libby & Leo Nevas Family Foundation, Inc.

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Barbara & Maurice Deane

Orni & Chen Petruschka

Joan & Irwin Jacobs

Estate of Diana R. Engel

Bill Resnick & Michael J. Stubbs

Robert & Marjorie Feder

Elaine Reuben

New Israel Fund Australia Foundation New Israel Fund of Canada New Israel Fund of Switzerland New Israel Fund of the United Kingdom Debra F. Pell Estate of Helen Rehr Estate of Norman Rothfeld Estate of Françoise Rothman Sylvia Sabel & Joel Rubinstein Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation Bonnie & Marty Tenenbaum George S. Warburg Drs. Carol & Terry Winograd Carole & Saul Zabar

The Lee & Luis Lainer Family Foundation Amy Mandel & Katina Rodis Michael Mor Open Society Foundations Bonnie Orlin

Frankel Family Foundation

The Porter Foundation

Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund

Omer Savir

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Segal Family Foundation Agnes Varis Irrevocable Trust Ruth B. Ziegler

$25,000– $49,999 Anonymous (14)

Izhar Armony & Naomit Armony-Erel

Lois & Richard England Family Foundation

Madeleine & David Arnow

Hiatt Family

Germanacos Foundation

Phyllis K. Friedman

Claude P.J. Ghez, M.D. Jackson & Irene Golden 1989 Charitable Trust Jane Gottesman & Geoffrey Biddle

Fischman Family (Steve, Nancy, Laura, Ben & Wendy)

Robert Pindyck & Nurit Eini-Pindyck

The Morton K. & Jane Blaustein Foundation, Inc.

The Moses Feldman Family Foundation

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

Foundation For Middle East Peace

Stella & Charles Guttman Foundation

Robert & Phyllis Henigson Living Trust

Ossi & Paul Burger

Kathleen Peratis

Ted Arison Family Foundation


Robert Fram & Jeanne Blamey

Stephen Gunther & Linda Essakow

Robert Arnow

Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds

All Voices Welcome

Lisa & Joshua Greer

Susie & Michael Gelman

Lois & Richard Gunther

Caroline & Brian Lurie

Stacy & Keith Palagye

Moriah Fund, Inc.

Anonymous (11)

The Lopatin Family Foundation

Fowey Light Fund, Inc.

The Cannon Family Foundation

Sally Gottesman

The Irving Harris Foundation

Martin & Eleanor Bernstein

Joel & Julia Greenblatt

$50,000– $99,999

Mimi & Peter Haas Fund

Middle East Partnership Initiative

Lisa & Yaron Minsky-Primus

Samuel I Adler Family Supporting Foundation

Tikva Grassroots Empowerment Fund of the Tides Foundation Mindy Berman & Andrew Sumberg Diane & Norman Bernstein Foundation The Beverly Foundation Michael Bien & Jane Kahn

John & Kathryn Greenberg

Joseph & Eda Pell

Nancy & Miles Rubin Frederick Schaffer & Barbara Schatz The Barn Road Foundation Shelley Levine & Larry Schwartz Daniel & Sheila Segal Shepard Broad Foundation Alan B. Slifka Foundation The Sam Spiegel Foundation Olive Bridge Fund

Hellman Foundation

Tides Foundation

The Victor & Lorraine Honig Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation

Sidney & Lillian Topol

Marvin Israelow Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches Jane & Gerald Katcher Jim & Catherine Koshland Landau Family Foundation Winter Cove Foundation Jan Abby Liff David & Barbara Lipman The Longhill Charitable Foundation, Inc. Key Foundation The Purple Lady/ Barbara J. Meislin Fund Estate of Elizabeth Melamid

Amos & Ruth Wilnai Foundation The Bobette Zacharias Trust Marcie & Howard Zelikow

$10,000– $24,999 Anonymous (15) Walter & Alice Abrams Family Fund Sheldon Alster Ronald M. Ansin Aronson Foundation, Inc. Peter & Lucy Ascoli Richard & Eileen Bazelon David M. Becker & Leslie C. Seeman Ron Beller Melissa A. Berman & Richard Klotz

Harvey Bock Sally Weiskopf Bock Gesher Family Foundation Jon & Bobbe Bridge The Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies Beth Burnam The Bydale Foundation Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation Cogan Family Foundation Jonathan Cohen & Eleanor Friedman Marshall & Shirley Cohen Eugene & Janet Lerner Family Foundation Natembea Foundation Congregation Rodeph Sholom Implementation Allies Ilana d’Ancona Hadas & Doron Davidov Ilana DeBare & Sam Schuchat Edmund P. DeLaCour, Ph.D.

Ziva Freiman Katz Glenn & Amy Friedman Jonna Gaberman & Bruce Wintman Elaine & Murray Galinson Benjamin & Rachel Geballe Judith Gelman & Steven Salop Roger & Brenda Gibson Family Foundation Joseph & Leelah Gitler Frances E. Goldman Marcia & John Goldman Natalie & Stephen Goldman Opportunity Fund Richard C. Goodwin Nancy J. Gordon Robert & Doris Gordon James G. Goren Lela Goren Mark & Janet Gottesman David & Rita Gottlieb Carol & Allen Gown Terry E. Grant

Dan & Alisa Doctoroff

The Green Environment Fund

Isabel P. Dunst

Thomas C. Green

Estate of Rose C. Edelstein

Marc & Diane Greenwald

Concepción & Irwin Federman

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America

Estate of Leonard Fein Susan Feit & Eitan Stern Alan & Betty Feldman The Fine Foundation Firedoll Foundation Forrest & Miriam (z”l) Foss

Juliane M. Heyman Independent Charities of America Dr. Sherry Israel Rabbi Richard J. Jacobs & Ms. Susan K. Freedman

More than 500 people attended the Guardian of Democracy dinner, NIF’s largest yearly event in the Bay Area.


Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

PSN Family Charitable Trust

Jeffrey Solomon & Audrey Weiner

Dr. Morton & Merle Kane

Annette Newman Philanthropic Fund

Sparkplug Foundation

Paige Kaneb

Marion Newman Philanthropic Fund

Jim & Debby Stein Sharpe

Louis Newman & Rabbi Amy Eilberg

Aryeh & Betsy Stein

Stuart Katz Steven & Priscilla Kersten Paul & Susanne Kester Eve Biskind Klothen & Kenneth Klothen Kenneth & Naomi Koltun-Fromm Harry Kramer Memorial Fund

Raquel H. Newman Rabbi Suzanne & Andy Offit The Vivian & Paul Olum Foundation Lisa Messinger & Rabbi Aaron Panken Ploughshares Fund

Barbara N. Kravitz

Marc B. Porter

Charles & Naomie Kremer

Frances R. Posel

Lizbeth & George Krupp The Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation Inc The Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation Linda & Frank Kurtz Gordon Lafer Roger Langsdorf Sidney & Ruth Lapidus Harry & Sadie Lasky Foundation Susan Morse-Lebow Legacy Heritage Programming IV LLC The Lehman-Stamm Family Fund Lew & Laurie Leibowitz Elnatan Reisner & Lianna Levine Reisner

Prior Family Foundation Elsbeth Reisen & Mark Dyen David Roberts & Sue Fischlowitz Rothman Family Foundation Samuel Rubin Foundation

Henry Steiner Arthur & Edith Stern Family Foundation Robert Stillman & Janet Surkin Susan Stockel David P. Stone Mr. & Mrs. Edward Streim The Else & David 2009 Charitable Trusts The Jacob & Malka Goldfarb Charitable Foundation Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Karen Tucker & Jerry Avorn

Gaia Fund

Elisabeth & Gareth Turner

Bettylu & Paul Saltzman

Uncle Mike Foundation

Lela & Gerard Sarnat

United Jewish Fund and Council of Greater St. Paul, MN

Stanley & Kay Schlozman Debra R. Schoenberg The Seiger Family Foundation Charles & M. R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc. Ben & Norma Shapiro

Middle Road Foundation Michael & Serene Victor Emily & Frank Vogl Paul & Dorothy Wachter The Chrysalis Fund

Andrew & Sara Litt

Peter Shapiro & Bryna Linett

John Weinstein & Heidi Stewart

Ted Live

Joan Blum Shayne

Helen Lowenstein in memory of Louis Lowenstein

Alan Sieroty

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Weisberg

Walter S. Mander Foundation Dr. Marcia Kramer Mayer MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger Ilse Melamid Beth Sieroty Meltzer

Chris Silbermann & Julie Franz Peter J. Silverman & Janet Heettner Ernest & Judith Simon Karen Sloss Bruce, Steven, Gerald & Diane Solomon Fund

Weisman Discretionary Trust Otto & Marianne Wolman Foundation Stanley Wulf & Linda Press Wulf Gail Bates Yessne & Peter Yessne Robert & Edith Zinn

$5,000– $9,999 William & Susan Abrams Susan Adelman & Claudio Llanos Karen Adler & Larry Greenwald Igou Allbray Alpern Family Foundation Amcha For Tsedakah Deena Aranoff & Adam Berman Joshua & Elyse Arnow Noah & Tamara Arnow David Avital B&D Foundation Nan Bases William & Debbie Becker Froma & Andrew Benerofe Alex Benik & Rebecca Bermont Sandra J. Berbeco Julie & Jeffrey Bercow David Berger Jessica Bernhardt & Theodore Goldstein The Wexler Beron Family Foundation BFK Foundation The Billstein Family Foundation Ernest & Rita Bogen Rabbi Angela Buchdahl Alan Cohen & Robert Bank David Cohen & Ellen Goodman Yehudah B. Cohn William B. Coleman Trust Michael & Rhoda Danziger Renee & Michael Dernburg Peter Edelman Marcy Eisenberg Stanley Eisenberg

Roberta Elliott Wantman

Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Harris

Lisa Erdberg & Dennis Gibbons

James & Marlene Henerson

Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective

Herst Family Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund

Leroy & Edna Mae Fadem Jerome & Nancy Falk Lois & Irving Blum Foundation Rabbi Ted Feldman Sybil Fields Eugene I. Fischer Lois Frank Tom & Myrna Frankel

Pnina Lahav Elliot (z”l) & Frances Lehman Sheldon L & Pearl R Leibowitz Foundation The Leiter Family Foundation

Anita Hirsh

Rabbi Marion & Professor Steven Lev Cohen

Pamela & Steve Hirsh

The Renaissance Foundation, Irving Levin & Stephanie Fowler

Marvin Hoffman & Rosellen Brown Susan Huntting Harry Hutzler

Joshua Levin & Debra Fried Levin

Martin Indyk

Cynthia & Sanford Levinson

Simon & Marie Jaglom Foundation, Inc. Juel M. Janis

Judith Lichtenberg & David Luban

Jewish Community Foundation of Metrowest

Carolyn & Stephen K. Lieberman Family Philanthropic Fund Lisa J. Lieberman

Robert & Janine Frier

Jewish Women’s Foundation of Southern New Jersey

Julie Gal

Joshua Joseph

Jay Geller & Lowell Gallagher

Daniel & Anne Marie Kahneman

The Generations Fund

Kaplan Family Foundation

David Glaser & Leslie Ann Elton

Alan & Carol Kaplan

Peter Frey & Carrie Shapiro David Friedman & Paulette Meyer Thomas & Ann Friedman

Stanley & Ilene Gold Judith F. Goldberg The Marvin Naiman & Margery Goldman Family Foundation Abner & Roslyn Goldstine Robert & Ruth Goldston Betty B. Golomb Nadine Joseph & Neil Goteiner Barry Green & Jennifer Altshuler Alexander Greenbaum Steven Greenberg & Avra Goldman Brenda Gruss & Daniel Hirsch Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund The Lynn Handleman Charitable Foundation

Robert B. Lifton & Carol Rosofsky Dr. Russell M. Linden Phil & Carol Lyons Carlos D. Malamud Ruth Mason Daniel & Lenore Mass

Emile Karafiol

Steven Matthews & Rebecca Stein

Amalie M. Kass Kates Diamond Family Foundation

The Mazur Family Foundation

Dennis & Barbara Kessler

Peter Melnick Rabbi Rachel Mikva & Mr. Mark Rosenberg

David M. Kies Susan L. & James D. Klau

Charles & Nola Miller

Linda G. Klein Charitable Lead Trust

William Mindlin Abigail S. Moore

Sara & Jonathan Klein

Morris Family Fund Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Stella & Leonard Kleinrock

Joshua Musher

Lauren Kogod & David Smiley

Judy W. & Jay A. Nadel

Leslie S. Kogod

Anita Navon

Margaret Kohn J. Hannah Kranzberg

Dr. Hemda Arad & Yuval Neeman

Louis Krupp

Jeffrey Newman

Jeanney & Steve Kutner

John & Kayla Niles

Edward Labaton

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$5,000–$9,999 continued Ilana Nossel & Jordan Kolar Oreg Foundation Donald & Shari Ornstein Beth & Ronald Ostrow Estelle Nachimoff Padawer Partners for Progressive Israel Marilyn Paul & David Stroh Arthur Peck Justin Pollack & Suzanne Reisman Ruth & Stephen Pollak The Honorable Stuart & Lee Pollak

The Robert Russell Memorial Foundation Moshe Safdie Carlos & Tania Rachel Salem David Salem & Laurie Aloisio Steven J. Samuel Senator Elliot Schewel & Rosel Schewel Avner & Rina Schneur Myron Schonfeld Jolie Schwab & David Hodes Hanns Seidel Foundation Deborah Shapira & Barry Stern Adina Shapiro

Suzanne & Harvey Prince

Joan & James Shapiro Foundation

Dorothy Richman & Michael Steinman

Steven J. Shaw

Robert S. Rifkind Victoria Riskin & David W. Rintels Shai & Judy Robkin June & Marvin Rogul Aaron Roland & Annelise Goldberg Tobey H. Roland Susan Romer & Donald Ungar The Joseph & Evelyn Rosenblatt Charitable Fund Lyle & Gloria Rosenzweig Jocelyn Ross & Ben Blumenfeld Arthur E. & Elizabeth Roswell Seymour & Sylvia Rothchild Family 2004 Charitable Foundation Phyllis & David Rothman Hagai Rottenberg The Rubin Family Foundation Toby & Robert Rubin


Steven Sheinkopf Gabrielle Sigel & Howard Epstein The Nancy & Richard Silverman Charitable Foundation, Inc. Jackie & Manny Silverman Estate of Pauline Silverman Susan & James Snider Ilana & Ray Snyder Daniel Sokatch & Dana Reinhardt Gary B. Sokol Eugene & Marilyn Stein Abbe & Peter Steinglass Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Hazel S. Stix Estate of Daniel A. Sugarman The Tartell Family Foundation Arthur Telegen & Abigail Ostow

The Levinson Family Charitable Fund Janet Traub Diane Troderman Robin Weinberg Alan Weiner & Nancy Maizels Whizin Philanthropic Fund Frances A. Wolgin Wolin Family Tzedakah Fund Yad Aaron L.T.D. Allan & Ray Ellen Yarkin

$2,500– $4,999 Anonymous (19) Steve & Joanne Abel Michael Adler Carol & Seth Alberts Arthur Applbaum & Sally Rubin Evan & Pat Aptaker Walter & Diane Ariker

phot o b y c ha ndl e r west for ir l pr oduc tions

Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, speaks to a sellout crowd at HaaretzQ in New York.

Joseph L. Bower Richard & Barbara Braun Laura S. Brown, Ph.D. Rabbi Gustav & Sheila Buchdahl Bradley Burston & Varda Spiegel Amy L. Cahn Norman L. Cantor The Silver Tie Fund Peter & Barbara Cohen Saul & Miriam Cohen Barbara Cohn Edith Simon Coliver Family Compton Foundation Congregation Rodef Sholom Stephan Cotton Claudia Davidoff & Joseph Kahan Mark Davidow Jay & Phyllis Denbo

Alexander Astrakhan

Reuben & Rivka Dori

Paul Ayoub & Jane Cronin

Alan & Shulamit Elsner

Meredith & Andrew Ball

Samuel Fleischacker & Amy Reichert

Frank K. Bamberger

David Fox

Barry & Elizabeth Bar-El

Barbara Freedman

Irl Barg & Janet Walkow Harry & Lore Bauer Mark Berger Eve Bernstein & Alex Gersznowicz Nancy Bernstein & Robert Schoen Eric Berzon & Danielle Ruymaker

Lynn P. Freedman & David S. Frankel David Friedman & Tirzah Firestone Friedman Marty Friedman Rabbi Michael S. & Haley Friedman Terry Gamble Boyer Jeffrey Gaynes

David & Rachel Biale

Mia & Joe Buchwald Gelles

Hannah (z”l) & Ernst Biberstein

Janice Gepner & Eric Newman

Gay Block/The Shlenker Block Philanthropic Fund

Jack Z. Gilad & Douglas D. Hauer

Sue & Benjamin Boley

R. Bonnie Glaser, Ph.D.

Jan Kallish

Peter Lovenheim

Leslie Kane & M. Manuel Fishman

Susan Lowenberg & Joyce Newstat

Nathalie & Emanuel Goldberg Advised Fund of Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

Helen Kaplan

Madelyn Mallory

Sally B. Kaplan

Michael & Maxine Mantell

Victor J. Goldberg & Patricia A. Waldeck

Bill & Lisa Kelly

Marian & Arthur Glasgow Candice Gold

Bruce N. Goldberger & Esther Sperber The Harry & Barbara Goldman Foundation Susan Sachs Goldman Lynda M. Goldstein Robert Goodman & Jayne Lipman Rabbi Judy Shanks & James Gracer Jeffrey & Beth Green David & Rennie Greenfield Estate of Martin Hamburger Herbert Harris Mark Heiman Herman Foundation Willard J. Hertz Michal & Jack Hillman Linda Lurie Hirsch Dale & Stephen Hoffman Howard Horowitz & Alisse Waterston Joanne Hovis & Andrew Afflerbach The Howard G. & Samita B. Jacobs Foundation Adam Jacobson & Beth Levine Peter & Karen Jakes Elana Caplan Jassy & Andrew Jassy

Michael & Donna Kaplowitz Family Leona Kern Ellen Kessler Miriam Klevan & Steven Meier Robert & Joan Klivans Susan & David Kraemer Maris & Jesse Krasnow Doris & George Krevsky Linda & Jake Kriger Becky & David Landis Evely Laser Shlensky Elizabeth & Scott Lassar Allen Leboff Dr. Joel L. Lebowitz

Silvia Marx Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon & Talia Hatzor Dale S. Miller Ruth Minka Morse Family Foundation Jane & Norman Moscowitz David Myers & Nomi Stolzenberg Marcia & Aaron Naveh Jack Needleman Deborah Newbrun & Sue Reinhold Jane Newman & Amy Lange Sharee & Murray Newman

Lederer Foundation

Lawrence & Melanie Nussdorf

Carol A. Leif

Osprey Foundation

Terry & Margaret Lenzner

William R. Padnos

Matti & Lynn Leshem Irwin & Rachel Levin Rich & Kathleen Levin Robert & Bonita Levin The Hyman Levine Family Foundation: L’Dor V’Dor Toby & Jerry Levine Bernard & Lory Levinger Aviram Levy

Jewish Women’s Foundation Endowment Fund

Rabbi Noa Kushner & Rabbi Michael Lezak

Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York

Benjamin Lichstein

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta

Diamondston Foundation

Marc Lipsitch & Meira Levinson Susan Liss

Marcia J. Parven Dave & Gina Pell Karen Pell & Heather Lupa Janet Penn Dan Perlman & Lili Zohar The Joseph Perlman Family Foundation Lili Perski The Rita Poretsky Foundation Ronald Poretz Norman Postone & Lisa Fruchtman Russell & Joan Pratt Arleen & Aaron Priest Lisa & John Pritzker Anat Rafael

2015 DONORS Eileen Auerbach & Lawrence Burgheimer

Roy R. Raizen & Family

Susan & Judd Shoval

Bradley Abelow & Carolyn Murray

David L. Reich

Ariella Sidelsky & Roy Alcalay

Jesse & Amy Abraham

Sandra & Charles Simon

Steven & Valerie Abrahams

Sinai Reform Temple

Ronald & Marie Abrams

Diane & Jean-Loup Baer

Sonia S. Abrams

Michael & Charlotte Baer

Paula & Daniel Reingold David Reisen & Ann Peck Reisen Eugene & Libby Renkin Rotem & Shai Reshef Paul Resnick & Joan Karlin Marjorie & Stephen Richards

Louis & Jean Sloss Steven Slutsky Naomi Sobel & Rabbi Becky Silverstein Bruce Solomon & Susan Swartz

Dan J. Roberts

Robert S. & Jean M. Solomon

A.J. Robinson & Nicole Ellerine

Marc & Wendy Stanley

Thelma S Rodbell Charitable Foundation

Thomas H. & Donna M. Stone

Nathan Rome & Bonnie Alpert Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP Rabbis Jennie & David Rosenn

Strear Family Foundation The Joseph & Anna Gartner Foundation The Kitchen SlowDown Jew Up

Cantor Nancy Abramson & Mitch Glenn

Rabbi Rachel Adler, Ph.D.

Simeon Bardin & Susan Denman

Sari K. Agatston

Peter J. Barrer & Judy Nichols

Mr. & Mrs. Myer M. Alperin Joan Alpert

Leonard Schley Leonard & Celia Schuchman Renata & Jack Schwebel Stephen & Patty Segal Ellen Semonoff & Daniel Meltzer (z”l) Leslie Shalom Rochelle E. & Jesse Shereff Lauren Moskovitz & Scott Sholder

David Bassein Rebecca E. Bates Frank & Lee Battat Alvin H. Baum, Jr. Howell Baum & Madelyn Siegel

Stanley & Roberta Bogen

Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community

Ruth R. Been

Ellen Bogolub & Neil Friedman

Beulah & Ezra Amsterdam

Howard Belfer & Laurie LeventhalBelfer Dina & Avraham Ben Naftali

Sanford & Karen Weiner

Ruby Apsler

Richard Bennett & Deborah Gaffin

$1,000– $2,499

Aryea Aranoff Dan Arnon & Tao Kai Lam Rabbi Melanie Aron & Professor Michael Dine

Alice Benston Marc & Elizabeth Berger Robert L. Bergman, M.D.

Mark & Judith Aronchick

Esther Berkow

Howard I. Aronson Bennett Ashley & Ruth Weinreb

13 Oak Fund Ruth & Henry Aaron

Sergio Atallah

Eliot C. Abbott

Judith A. Benstein, M.D.

William & Israela Aron

Association of Reform Zionists of America

Anonymous (51)

Shirley Bob

Ornah Becker & Marc Robbins

Ami & Mark Belsky

Josephus Youngerman & Ronnie Scharfman

James Blume & Kathryn Frank

Fred H. Altshuler & Julia W. Cheever

Michael Appel & Ruth Kraut

Fredric Woocher & Wendy Dozoretz

Lauren Blum

Barbara Beck

Wendy Bear

Sanford Antignas

Brenda A. Wolfson

Bluer & Bluer, LLP

Marion & Harold Bobroff Charitable Foundation

Penny Kirsch Wein & Bruce J. Wein

Marc & Suzanne Winkelman

Madeline & Alan Blinder

Steven & Karen Bloomberg

Mark Tushnet

Carole F. Wilder

Joseph & Joan Birman

Jacob Baskin

Charlotte Salomon & R. Scott Fetherston

Steven & Bonni Schiff

Richard & Elaine Binder

Barry & E. Miriam Alperin

David & Linda Altshuler

Jim & Emily Scheinman

Mark & Gloria Bieler

Rabbi Bernard & Bailey Bloom

Joseph Triebwasser & Tom James

Louis & Barbara Savrin

Peter Bickel & Nancy Bickel

Harvey & Sonya Barsha

Jerry & Bernice Rubenstein

Barry & Elsa Waxman

Craig & Francesca Bestwick

Debra & John Aleinikoff

Jennie Rothschild

Fain Malsky Charitable Foundation

Ralph & Gail Bernstein

Amir Livne Bar-On

Bernard & Raquel Agranoff

Anita Altman & Gil Kulick

Mary Ann & David Wark

Arye Yehoshua Bernstein

Rabbi Barry Block & Dr. Toni Dollinger Block

Liora Alschuler

Michael & Judith Walzer

Lawrence Bailis & Susan Shevitz JoAnne & Michael Bander

Gary & Evelyn Trachten

The Samuels Foundation

Maia Azubel

Karen Abravanel & Jonathan Yaeger

Jeffrey Thomases

Linda A. Rosenthal

Jeffrey & Arella Axelrod

Steve & Gita Berman

William Berley Arthur Berliner & Marian Lever Jim & Diane Berliner Mark R. & Pamela Berman Nancy Berman & Alan Bloch

The Milford & Lee Bohm Charitable Foundation Peter Bokor & Jeannie Blaustein Robert L. Book Seymour & Sylvia Boorstein Rabbi Jill Borodin & Cary Atlas Mikhal Bouganim Dr. David & Mrs. Ellen Braun Sheila & Edward Braun Mark L. Braunstein Brener Family Foundation Naomi Brenner & Ari Berger Martin I. & Shirley B. Bresler David Bressler & Susan Adler-Bressler

Stephen B. Cohen

Leona & Murry Brochin

Steven Cohen & Elsie Stern

Meryl Brod Marvin & Lois Broder Rachel Brodie & Adam Weisberg

Barry & Debbie Cohn Jonathan Cohn

David Brodsky

Roberta Cohn

Joan & William Brodsky

Susie Coliver & Robert Herman

David & Anne Brodzinsky

Cynda Collins Arsenault

Shifra Bronznick

Congregation Beth Am

Renee & Harold Brook Brad & Liana Brooks-Rubin Rabbi Sharon Brous & David Light Katherine Browning Henry Buhl Pamela Burdman Melissa D. Burgess Marcia Burnam Mark Burstein & David Calle Robert (z”l) & Ann Buxbaum Burton & Shulamith Caine

Congregation Beth El Congregation Beth Israel Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Mary I. Coombs Dr. & Mrs. Dan Costin Rabbi Rachel B. Cowan Larry Cuban in memory of Barbara Cuban Charles & Ada Beth Cutler Diana Cutler

Maria Cancian & Charles Kalish

William & Georgianne Cutter

Abigail Caplin & Amnon Goodman

Michelle Dardashti

Carolyn Cavalier Rosenberg Rabbi Kenneth Chasen & Allison Lee The Chasin Family Zehava Chen-Levy & Eyal Levy Bonnie & Mervin Cherrin Phyllis Chovitz & Daniel Gainsburg Michael J. Churgin Mrs. Wm. H. Clark Annebelle & Arnold Cohen Gale Mondry & Bruce Cohen Jonathan & Victoria Cohen Marshall & Avis Cohen Rachel Cohen Stephanie & Charles Cohen

Charles & Jonis Davis Joel Deitz & Barbara Berko Karyn DiGiorgio & Steve Sattler Jeanne Dinkelspiel Ruth Donig-White & Robert White Gayle Donsky & Morton Stein Kenneth Douglas Foundation Daniel Drake Karin Dreiding James Dubey Michelle S. Dworkin Betty & Ira Dyer Harriett M. Eckstein David & Audrey Egger Tom & Ellen Ehrlich Jack Eiferman & Fern Fisher

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CEO Daniel Sokatch in conversation with MK Merav Michaeli prior to the Guardian of Democracy dinner in San Francisco.

$1,000–$2,499 continued

Richard & Phyllis Franco

Ruth Eisenberg

Aaron & Julia Frank

Al & Naomi Eisman

Meryl & Steven Frank

Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation, Inc. Michael Ellenberg Dr. Rohn Eloul The Elovitz Family Clement & Caroline Erbmann Lee & Esther Erman Regina L. Espenshade

Diane & Charles L. Frankel Ellen Frankel & Herbert Levine Rabbi Joshua Frankel & Rachel Berger Ruth Frankfurt Barbara & Herb Franklin

Deborah Falik

Dr. Morrie & Carol Fred

David & Judith Falk

Anne Freedman

Dr. David S. Fankushen

Henry & Helen Freedman

Ellen Farbstein

Jacqueline L. Freedman

Andrew Feiner Leslee & Wayne Feinstein Dror Feitelson Arthur Feldman Michael D. Felsen

Daniel Freelander & Elyse Frishman Charles Freiberg & Andrea Alfano Ernest Fried & Laura Barbanel

Richard M. Fuchs

Debbie J. Goldman

Dr. Victor R. Fuchs

Irle Goldman & Janet Yassen

Jonathan A. Funk Michael Furstenberg Barry & Joan Gaberman Betsy & Richard Gaberman Andrew Gabor & R. Iris Bahar Barbara Gaffin & Douglas Cahn

Karla A. Goldman Phyllis & Alvin Goldman Robert & Rebecca Goldman

Win & Jerry Greenwald Suzanne Griffel & Saul Weiner Natasha Grigg Ellen Grobman James Grodd

Debra E. Goldstein

Steven & Barbara Grossman

Jill Horowitz & Jonathan Kaufman

Liz & Steve Gruber

Leonard Hortick

Lorraine Gallard & Richard Levy

Edward & Joanne Goldstein

Elizabeth Carty & Ernest Galvan

Helen Goldstein

Rosalyn Gruen

Sylvia Horwitz

Jeffrey Goldstein

Dr. Carl & Gay Grunfeld

William D. Hower

Elkan & S. Zelda Gamzu Sandra Gansberg

Jeffrey & Doris Goldstein

Diane Gardsbane & Paul Sully

Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein & Igal Harmelin Moria

Rabbi Laura Geller & Richard Siegel

Sandy & Jorge Goldstein

Norman & Esther Gelman

Susan Goldstein & Andy Kivel

Jerilyn Gelt

Lirona Kadosh & Ethan Goldstine

Stephen & Rhea Gendzier

Peter J. Gollon

Frank L. Gruskay Werner Gundersheimer Frederic Haber & Jill Jacobs Janet R. Halbert Mordechai Hammamah Mr. & Mrs. Jerry M. Hamovit

Kristine Hanson

Rochelle & Eli Ginsburg

Eric & Jennifer Gorovitz

Harari, Inc.

Benjamin M. Friedman

Ruth & Jack Glantz Family Foundation

Daniel & Shari Gottlieb

Bernard Friedman & Lesley Hyatt

Myron & Penina Glazer

Rabbi Roberto & Evelyn Graetz

Marty & Andrea Glenn

Richard & Mary Gray

David Firestone

Rabbi Dayle Friedman & David Ferleger

Earl Harris Fifteen Year Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

Abigail & Stephen Fisher

Larry Frankel & Martha Whitman

Arthur & Kathy Green

Michael Harris & Elizabeth Foster

David Fisher & Pearl Beck

Diana Friedman

Avram & Carol Goldberg

Sherri Greenbach & David Goldstein

Robert & Carol Hausman

Elizabeth & Glen Friedman

Harold Goldberg & Alisa Israel Goldberg

Arthur N. Greenberg & Elaine Hoffman

Havaruh Or Hadash

Howard Friedman & Sherry Leibowitz

Milton & Jean Goldberg

Rabbi Stacy & Frank Friedman

Miriam L. Goldberg

Irwin & Helgard Field Joel Fields Harriet & Michael Finck Robert Fine & Nina Cortell

Quentin & Gail Fisher Sandra F. Fisher Leora Fishman Michael Flamm & Jennifer McNally Martin & Helen Flusberg Deborah & Marc Fogel Nathan A. Fox


Elizabeth Friedman Branoff & Steven Branoff

Peter A. Friedmann Rabbi Dara Frimmer Joseph & Maya Froomkin Dr. Jonathan D. Fuchs

Steven Hochstadt & Stephen Sass Rabbi Joanna Samuels & Jeremy Hockenstein

William Gorin

Elias Feuer & Ethel Rubinstein

Merle Hilliard Charitable Trust

Martin & Audrey Grossman

Ari Gesher

Morris F. Friedell

Howard Hiatt

Meredith J. Goldsmith

Joel Handelman & Sarah Wolff Handelman

Rachel Friedberg & David Weil

Marjorie Heumann

Leonard J. Goldner

Linda & Gregory Gore

Marc & Gail McClelland Fenton

Meir & Rina Heth

Arthur & Laurie Gross Schaefer

Aliza Geretz & Ben Mayer

James E. Fenn

Sandra D. Hess

Alfred & Joan Goldberg

Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg & James Talbott Harry Goldin & Jane Kaplan Amy Goldman & Joel Brill

Peter Greenberg Linda & Richard Greene Sheldon & Judy Greene Mitch Greenlick David & Zelda Greenstein Liz Greenstein Robert Greenstein

Eliyahou & Britt Harari Helen Harkaspi

Selma Hayman Shai Held & Rachel Forester Held William H. Helfand Michael & Juliet Helft Clifford Hendler & Deborah Neipris Hendler Alice H. Henkin Stuart S. Hershey Frederick Hertz

Arthur Hurwitz Toby R. Hyman

Mordechai Kamel & Sara Weinberger Sheila B. Kamerman Grace Kamins Murray Kane & Norma Kane, z�l Arlene Kanter & Steven Kepnes William & Phyllis Kantor Lorin & Becky Kaplan Norman & Audrey Kaplan Paula E. Kaplan Stephen & Rachel Kaplan Warren Kaplan

Frank Hytken

Sally Karasov & Jonathan Katz

Alex Ingersoll & Martin Tannenbaum

GreenKar Tzedakah Fund

Andrew Irving & Evelyn Sucher

Richard Kass & Elaine Soffer

Stephanie Ives & Yehuda Kurtzer

Tal Kastner & Ivan Lehon

Daniel Jackson & Claudia Marbach

William & Judith Kates

Jonathan Jacoby & Hope Grossman

Rabbi Marc Katz

Valerie & Thierry Jahan Robert & Ellen Jasper Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh The Jewish Federation of Nashville & Middle Tennessee Lee Alden Johnson in memory of Earl Chapman Virginia Jordan Barbara & Clive Kabatznik Max Kahn & Kathy Lampe Olivier Kahn Rachel Kalikow & David de Graaf Linda & Thomas Kalinowski Rabbi Beth Kalisch & Larry Levine

Dr. & Mrs. Sidney W. Katz Rabbi Elie Kaunfer & Lisa Exler Richard Kazis & Jill Medvedow Tracey Keij-Denton & Eelco Keij Samuel & Anna Kelman Herbert & Rose Kelman Kenneth Kenigsberg, M.D. Russell Kern Harry & Doraline Kesten Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman & Benj Kamm Stefi Kirschner & Gilbert Schneider Susan Klee & David Stoloff Adina Sue Kleiman Rabbi Jason Klein

2015 DONORS Jonathan Klein & Amy Schottenfels

Eugene M. Lang

Karen Wilk Klein

Robert Lanman & Debra Bergoffen

Roz Klein

Ken & Nancy Larner

Martina & Michael Knee

Suzanne & David Larsen

Persis Knobbe

Morelle Lasky Levine

Jerry & Sharon Knoppow

Elliott & Phyllis Lasser

Lori Koffman

Gary & Laura Lauder

Tova & Yehoshua Kolodny

Stuart Laurence

Uri Kolodny Arieh Konigl & Alice Roston Patricia Konstam Mary Kostman Nathan & Mary Lynn Kotz

Richard Lavenstein Stacy Lawson & Steven Sarkowsky Serene Lazar David S. Lefkowitz Jonathan & Shelah Lehrer-Graiwer

Robin Kramarow

Robert & Ellen Leibenluft

Albert H. Kramer

Marcia & Alan Leifer

Marvin & Gerry Kraus

Hollis G. Lenderking

Rabbi Harold J. Kravitz & Ms. Cynthia F. Reich Arthur Kreiger & Rebecca Benson Ruth Kremen Samuel & Marilyn Krimm

Dr. Robert & Yael Lenkinski Lionel & Sally Lerner Suzanne Lerner Stephen O. Lesser David & Cathy Levenson Jill & Aaron Levin

Susan G. Krinsky

Rochelle S. Levin

Jules & Lynn Kroll

Leonard & Beryl Levine

Clifford Kulwin David & Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen Sheila & Daniel Kurtzer Rabbi Lawrence & Karen Kushner Jed Kwartler & Carol Barash Patrick Lacefield & Dinah Leventhal Ruth & Peter Laibson

Edward P. Levine Leslie & Marsha Levine John L. Levinsohn Judith Levitan Herbert L. Levy Jack Levy & Judith Bass Paula & Joel Levy RenĂŠ Levy John Lewin

Jesse & Dani LainerVos

David & Eleanor Lewis

Ellie & Mark Lainer

Geoffrey Lewis & Amy Caplan

Patsy & Benny Landa Susanne & Bruce Landau Yechiael & Rose Lander Betsy Miller Landis Eva & Arthur Landy

Lee Lichter Robyn Lieberman Jeffrey & Anna Lieblich Paulette Light Malka Lipkin

Gayle & Jerry Marger

Joshua Milner

Channing T. Lipson, M.D.

The Returning Wealth Philanthropic Fund

Glenda & David Minkin

Steven & Judith Lipson

Judith & Michael Margulies

Alan & Sharon Lipworth

Albert E. Marks Charitable Trust

Sarah Liron & Sheldon Kahn

Larry & Gladys Marks

Edward & Philip Liston-Kraft

Paulina K. Marks

Alan Gordon Lipson & Judith D. Harris

Naomi & Rob Litrownik Paula & Barry Litt, Joseph & Jacqueline Kirshbaum Memorial Fund of the Liberty Hill Foundation Ellen Livingston & Jason Brown Jeremy Lizt Aviva & Noam Lockshin Henry & Elsie Loeb Gerald & Selma Lotenberg Matthew Louchheim Roger Low Steven Lubet & Linda Lipton Marilyn Luebeck J. Zel Lurie Janice Lurie

Sara J. Marks Suzanne Marks Rachel Masters & Dan Mosedale Willy & Susan Mautner Daniel & Karen Mayers Emily & Bernard Mehlman Family Fund Arlene Alpert & Dr. David Mehlman Joseph A. Meis Thomas Meites & Lynn Frackman Henry Mendell Milton Menst Beth Merfish & Daniel Coleman Ruth W. Messinger & Andrew Lachman Steven J. Metalitz

Rabbi Joshua & Betsy Minkin

Allan & Jane Paulson Wendy Peikes

Jonathan I. Mishkin

Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits & Rachel Weber

Moser Family Philanthropic Fund Linda K. Mostovoy Mr. B. Foundation A. J. Muste Memorial Institute N. James & Ellen Myerberg Maxine Myers Morey & Sondra Myers Nahma Nadich Amy J. Nathan Nelco Foundation Inc. Bettyrose Nelson Stanley & Adella Nemer Ruth Nemzoff & Harris Berman, M.D. Jean & Nerenberg Ernest & Eva Miriam Newbrun Iris Newman

Elissa & William Oshinsky

Geraldine & Larry Miller

Jeremiah & Alicia Ostriker

Ralph P. Marash

Michael Miller & Jamie Saunt

Beth M. Pacheco

Paul & Annette Marcus

Norman & Shirlyn Miller

Steven & Jeanne Marcus

Shirley & Mitchell Miller

Judy Mann

Barton Pakull, M.D. Robin Panovka Julia Parzen & Daniel Johnson

Jeffrey Robinson & Carol Stockton Elliott & Phyllis Rosen

Adam Pollock & Michal LewinEpstein

Edward Raboy

Alissa Miller

Rachel & Richard Robbins

The Jean & Henry Pollak Division of the Lucile & Maurice Pollak Fund

Bernard & Renee Oppenheim

The Bernard & Vivian Manekin Foundation, Inc.

Arthur & Judy Robbins

Lana Pollack

Dan & Maryann Rabovsky

Carol Malnick

Steven M. Riskin & Claudine Isaacs

Sandy Polishuk

The Oppenheim Family

Jeffrey A. Orlin

Robert & Ellen Rinsky

Mark Pogrebin

Gary & Maria Milgrom

I. William & Diane Millen

Joseph & Naomi Skop Richter

William & Karen Podolsky

Joy Midman

Elizabeth Waksman & Darren Orbach

Elisabeth Richter

Judith Plaskow & Martha Ackelsberg

Lois & Philip Macht Family Philanthropic Fund of THE ASSOCIATED

Rabbi Shira Milgrom & Prof. David Elcott

Elizabeth & Hershel Richman

Ida Weiss Plaia

Bernard Lytton, M.D.

Michael & Anita Malina

Paul Resnick & Caroline Richardson

Mark & Alison Pincus

Len & Maxine Lyons

Dagny Maidman & Molly Wood

Eli & Adina Reshotko

Talia & Edgar Pierluissi

Rabbi Janet I. Offel & Michael R. Nebenzahl

Basser Arts Foundation

Julian & Frieda Reitman

Geoffrey P. Picket

Middle East Peace Dialogue Network, Inc.

Paul R. Milgrom & Eva Meyersson Milgrom

Rabbi Fred N. Reiner

Benette Phillips

Samuel Norich & Deborah Ugoretz

Richard & Helen Lynn

Judith Reichman

Joel Perwin

Ariel & Alison Meyerstein

Lynchburg Jewish Community Council

The Isaac & Leah M. Potts Foundation, Inc. Naomi Prusky & Rabbi David Levin William Rabinowitz

Paula J. Rackoff Ariella & Michael Radwin Judith R. Rafael Michael & Debra Rand Elisa Rapaport & Michael Schoenbaum Jack Rapaport Michael & Joyce Rappeport Jeffrey Rappin & Penny Brown Rappin

Tal Recanati

Michael & Lynn Reichgott

Bradford & Phyllis Perkins

Myra & Bruce Newman

Rauch Family Foundation II, Inc. David Reed & Laurie Fanger-Reed

Yosef Peretz

Sarah R. Meyer

Steven & Erin Lurie

Adam Rattner

David Paul & Katherine Schultz

Leora Mirvish Bill Morrison

Laurayne Ratner

Richard & Martha Pastcan

Harold L. Rosen Joan & Seth Rosen The Rita & Herbert Rosen Family Foundation Professor Robert E. Rosen Diane Rosenberg Lucille & Jack Rosenberg Irwin & Cecilia Rosenblum Roni Rosenfeld Elden & Marjorie Rosenthal Kenneth Rosenthal Sheldon & Rose Rosenthal Ann Rosewater Warren & Alissa Roston Hannah Roth Bob Roth Charitable Fund

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Aviv Feigel, CEO of the Council for Peace and Security, speaks to NIF supporters in Atlanta. The Council for Peace and Security is an association of several hundred veterans and experts dedicated to a progressive vision of Israeli national security.

$1,000–$2,499 continued John & Judy Rothman Steven Rothman & Kathleen Tierney

Mary Beth Schiffman Jean Schiro-Zavela & Vance Zavela Jacob Schlitt & Fran Morrill Schlitt

Adam Shyevitch & Nicole Lamberg Peter Siegel & Hope Stevens Sue J. Siegel

Alfred & Ruth Sporer St Elias Church Diocese of Newton For the Melkites in USA Rabbi Samuel & Lynn Stahl

Dr. Rothschild

Alice & Robert Schloss

David Silberman & Claire Engers

Dan Rothstein & Ana Karchmer

Geraldine C. Schneeberg

Jonathan Silberman & Debra Fields

Jane Rubin

Paul Schneider

Zachary J. Silver

Ellen & Herb Ruderman

Debby Appel & Gene Schneyer

Ariana Silverman

Gary & Hana Rudnick

David Schorr

Donald & Goldie Silverman

Estate of Theodor Schuchat

Aviva Panush & Mitch Silverman

Amy Schwartz & Eric Koenig

Jan Silverstein

Edward Steinhouse

Ernest & Eve Simon

Joe Sterling

Daniel & Maxine Singer

Claude & Andrea Stern

Julie Sissman & Phil Richter

Judge Edward Stern & Judge Maxine Chesney

Wendy Rudolph & Graeme Bush Peter Rukin & Sharon Djemal Dr. David & Mrs. Catharine D. Rush Edmond Russell Rebecca & David Russo Ruth Gottlieb Ryave Jonathan L. & Barbara Ryder Adene Sacks & Joseph Hellerstein Michael & Julie Salinger David Saltzman Amiram & Rena Samin Alfred & Marta Samulon Michael Sarid & Alan Schwartz Claire Satlof & Jeffrey Bedrick Laura Saunders Sandra Savett Nathan Savin & Susan Enzle Larry Sayah Judith & Richard Schachter Suzanne Schecter Charles E. Scheidt Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin & Alison Mayersohn Dan & Amy Schiff Mark & Isabel Schiffer


J. Sanford & Susan Schwartz Jodi J. Schwartz Jonathan Schwartz Lynn & Paul Sedway Beth Ann L. Segal The Jean & Charles Segal Foundation Emily Segal & Andrew Ellis Joshua Segal & Jennifer Geetter Rita R. Semel Karen Senter Margaret & Howard Shainberg Risa Shames & Neil Silverston

Sisterhood of the Community Synagogue Rabbi Jonathan Slater Michael & Kathleen Slater

Miriam R. Stampfer Joelle Steefel James Steiker & Wendy Epstein

Charles Taylor

Henry Webber & Christine Jacobs

Rudolph & Sara Wyner Prize Fund at the Boston Foundation, established by their children, Elizabeth Wyner Mark & Justin L. Wyner

Rayla G. Temin, in memory of Howard M. Temin Bruce Temkin & Judson Morrow Temple Sinai

Gregory & Rachel Tertes

Jane R. Stern Kenneth Stern & Linda Stein Stephen Stern & Margaret Hahn

Walter (z�l) & Anne Tick Paul Tischler Aaron & Ziva Tomares Steven Tulkin & Sydney Kapchan Judith Tuller David & Bonita Turner Dr. Jonathan W. Uhr

Maurice & Merrily Sterns

Richard & Gail Ullman

Seymour Smidt

Ruth Waddell & Eric Stockel

Michael & Marion Usher

Malcolm & Betty Smith

Marshall Stoller & Mikiko Huang

Jack & Margrit Vanderryn

Richard & Greta Smolowe

Rabbi Ariel Stone

Dianne & Daniel Vapnek

Ronda Small & Ira Wolfman

Andrew F. Strauss

Ron Shapiro & Mary Austin

Eugene Sofer & Judith Bartnoff

Walter I. Strauss

Stanley & Gertrude Shapiro

Howard & Ann Sohn Aviam Soifer & Marlene Booth Rabbi Felicia L. Sol Ambassador Alan Solomont (retired) & Susan Solomont Marc Soloway Rabbi Abigail N. Sosland

Joan & Steve Subrin Joe Sultan & Sandy Chilewich Richard & June Swartz Michael & Bryna Sweedler Joel M. Sweet Sylvia Weider-Amber Family Foundation

Martin Spiro

Emanuel Tabachnik & Debra Levis

Hannah P. Shostack

Helen & Thomas Spiro

James Taber & Mia Simring

Edwin & Ellen Sue Shulkin

Arthur Spitzer & Elisabeth Boas

Steven & Sheila Taube

Amnon Shoshani

Rita Wroblewski, M.D.

Adele H. Steinberg

Robert Socolow

Audrey Shiffman & Peter Langmaid

Leonard M. Wasserman

Judith Tenzer Benn

Joanne Shapiro

Reuben & Leona Shevitz

Dr. Anna Newman Taylor

Harold & Vera Stein

Gary & Dana Shapiro

Steven Sheriff & Michele Alperin

World Health Organization

Bruce & Judith Tennebaum

Rabbi Michael Strassfeld & Rabbi Joy Levitt

Jonathan B. Sheffer

Arthur Waskow & Phyllis Berman

Jules Steimnitz & Anne Salsbury

Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow

Greg Sharenow & Julie Gersten

Dr. Ingrid D. Tauber & Frank Taforo

D. Jean Veta & Mary Ann Dutton Milton & Judith Viorst Rabbi Burton Visotzky & Sandra Edelman

ERJ Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven Kevin & Susan Weidenbaum Marilyn Weiker, in memory of Wendy Weiker-Gordon Denis Weil Jonathan T. Weinberg Andrew & Debra Weiner Toni K. Weingarten The Emanuel & Anna Weinstein Foundation Roger Weisberg & Karen Freedman Carl & Jamie Weisbrod Barbara C. Weisenfeld Dr. David & Estare Weiser Jed Ariel Weiss & Ilana Braun Weiss Alex Weissman George & Mildred Weissman Family Foundation Richard & Beatrice Wernick Gerald Westheimer Carol & Brad White

Elizabeth Vorenberg

Ruth Wielgosz & Benjamin Edelman

Deborah Waber

Louise W. Wiener

David Waksberg & Ellen Bob

Noam Wiener & Laura Appleby

Milton & Miriam Waldbaum Family Foundation

Mordechai & Barbara Winter

Andrea & Arthur Waldstein The Sarah Wall Memorial Trust John H. Walter Joan Warshaw

Doug Wissoker & Alys Cohen Iris Witkowsky Susan & Robert Wolfe Paula Wolk, M.D. Carl Woolf

Wendy & Richard Yanowitch Linda Yenkin Lawrence Yudelson Edward Zarabi B. Andrew Zelermyer & Daniel Romanow Rabbi Irwin Zeplowitz Richard & Mary Zigmond Jonathan F. Zimman Emer. Prof. Stanley Zimmering, Brown University Carol Zimmerman & David Abramson Margot & Paul Zimmerman Mark & Stacey Zoland Guy Zucker Eleanor L. Zuckerman

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Talia Sasson NIF Board President Beit Zayit, Israel

Menachem Lorberbaum

U.S. Offices

San Francisco

United Kingdom

Jerusalem, Israel

New York (HQ)

235 Montgomery Street, Suite 920

New Israel Fund UK

San Francisco, CA 94104

London W1H 1DW

Itzik Danziger

Brian Lurie

Vice President in Israel Ra’anana, Israel

Ross, California

David N. Myers Paul Egerman

Los Angeles, California

Vice President in North America Weston, Massachusetts

Debra Pell

Carole Segal

Secretary Kfar Mordechay, Israel

Chicago, Illinois

Clive Sheldon Stephen Gunther

London, England

Treasurer Santa Monica, California

Daniel Sokatch

Amal ElSana Alhjooj

NIF Chief Executive Officer San Francisco, California

Beersheva, Israel

San Francisco, California


Washington, D.C. 2100 M Street NW, Suite 619 Washington, DC 20037

437 Newtonville Avenue, #4


Newton, MA 02460

202.842.0991 fax


Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel

Jenna Weinberg

Reem Younis

25-26 Enford Street 44.207.724.2266 44.207.724.2299 fax www.newisraelfund.

Germany Neuer Israel Fonds Deutschland Postfach 023565 10127 Berlin koordinator@

Chicago 106 W. Germania Place, #254

International Offices

Switzerland Neuer Israel Fonds Schweiz

P.O. Box 53410 Jerusalem 91534



1400 NW 107th Avenue

972.2.672.3099 fax

Miami, FL 33172


305.392.4004 fax

Shatil PO Box 53395

Nazareth, Israel

Los Angeles

Jerusalem, Israel 91533 972.2.672.3597

Carole Zabar

3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1630

New York, New York

William (Bill) Goldman

New Israel Fund

Sanford Gallanter

Toronto, Canada

212.714.2153 fax

Franklin M. Fisher

Joan Garson


New York, New York

San Francisco, California



Yossi Sucary

Cambridge, Massachusetts

415.543.6066 fax

Chicago, IL 60610

Jerusalem, Israel

Washington, District of Columbia

New York, NY 10016

Bethesda, Maryland

Yael Sternhell

Peter Edelman


Mary Ann Stein Tel Aviv, Israel

Naomi Chazan

6 East 39th Street, Suite 301

Beit Zayit, Israel

Elah Alkalay

Vadim Blumin

New Israel Fund

Los Angeles, CA 90010-1577 323.NIF.1616 (323.643.1616)

972.2.673.5149 fax

Postfach 425 CH-4010 Basel 41 61 272 14 55

Australia New Israel Fund Australia Level 10, 65 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000 +61 2 9216 9034 www.english.shatil

NIF Global 212.613.4400

323.964.0042 fax


New Israel Fund of Canada

801 Eglinton Avenue West #401 Toronto, Ontario M5N 1E3 416.781.4322

31 NIF 2015 Annual Report


The three stories in this report about aspects of our work in 2015 are a little different from our usual selection. You might have noticed that while two cover aspects of our program in Israel, the last one deals with our work in the U.S. Our telling you about events in the U.S. is a departure for the New Israel Fund. We have always focused on our frontline, on-theground, grassroots work in Israel, and this is not changing. Given Israel’s trajectory towards increased polarization and isolation in the international community, given the now almost 50-year-old occupation, given that many Israelis are pushing back against the ultra-nationalist agenda, we need to increase our commitment to those who can move Israeli society to a path of justice, equality and peace. And we will. But more and more, what happens in Israel reflects and is reflected back to Israel’s constituencies worldwide. This is why we recently asked many of you to participate in an online survey, to ask your thoughts about where Israel is going and how you can accompany Israel and NIF on a more hopeful path.


We discovered that because many of you are deeply concerned about Israel, your affiliation with the New Israel Fund is remarkably strong. Your loyalty and generosity to the New Israel Fund are off the charts, even by the standards of the philanthropic Jewish community. Your participation in our events in the U.S. and elsewhere outside Israel, and your activism on behalf of our issues when asked, has a real impact. And when you join our study tours or actively work to broaden the conversation about Israel in your communities, you contribute your own time and integrity to our proudly progressive values and actions. In the last three years we have expanded and focused our program in Israel to better meet the serious challenges that we face. We will continue to do that. Also, we will turn to our work in the U.S. and our international affiliates, analyze what we are doing and decide, with your help, how to better serve and unite our community here behind our collective vision for Israel. We look forward to talking with you. Sincerely,

Talia Sasson

Daniel Sokatch

Rachel Liel


Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director in Israel

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