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16 September 2010 E-Newsletter

16 September 2010 By New Israel Fund



Message from Daniel Sokatch

Today, many of the Jewish members of the NIF community prepare for Yom Kippur – a day of intense contemplation and self-reflection.  This process of self-examination, known as “heshbon ha-nefesh” (accounting of the soul) is meant to lead both to a renewed commitment to repair what is broken in our lives, and also to a recognition of what we are doing right. 

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Rachel Liel

Rachel Liel Chosen as One of Israel's Most Influential People

NIF ended the year 5770 with a well-deserved honor for one of its leaders. On the eve of Rosh Hashana, NIF Israel Executive Director Rachel Liel was chosen by The Marker, Ha'aretz's business and technology magazine, as one of the 101 Israelis who have most influenced the country for the better in 5770.

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Migrant from Ghana

Migrant from Ghana Rejoices Over Israeli Residency Status

Every Yom Kippur Jane Adusei fasts. She is a devout Christian but has felt that her destiny is with the Jewish people since the day she first set foot in Israel 11 years ago. Adusei, a migrant from Ghana, lives in Tel Aviv and enjoys the tranquil, contemplative atmosphere of the Day of Atonement, as the country shuts down for 25 hours and she spends the day in her humble apartment with her six year-old daughter Ella.

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Natural Gas Profits can Bring an End to Poverty

On Monday, dozens of experts and activists addressed a packed auditorium at Tel Aviv University for a day-long NIF-sponsored and SHATIL-coordinated conference. Focusing on the unprecedented profits that will be realized from the discovery of an enormous natural gas field off the coast of Israel, the Conference was organized in collaboration with the faculty of Social Sciences of Tel Aviv University, the Associate for Distributive Justice and the Social and Economic Academy.

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Cleaners at Ben Gurion

Ben Gurion University Recognizes its Cleaners

Before immigrating to Israel six years ago, Dr. Irena Mevoyan worked as a physician in an intensive care unit in a hospital in her native Armenia. But like most Russian-speaking Israeli immigrants, she has been unable to find employment in her profession. So each day she goes to Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, not to work in an academic role, but rather to clean laboratories.

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Women At The Event

Pluralism and Tolerance in the New Year

During the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, 100 Jews and Arabs gathered at the home of SHATIL Be'er Sheva co-director Yarona Ben Shalom for a festive iftar, the banquet marking the end of a day of fasting.

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