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Advancing Shared Society in Israel | Shalem


Saturday Afternoon  May 21, Shalem, 1:15 p.m.

The TI Israel Committee in partnership with New Israel Fund Presents:
Breaking down Barriers. Creating Opportunities – Advancing Shared Society in Israel
TI Wecomes: Ron Gerlitz and Rawnak Natour,
Co-Directors of Sikkuy – the Association  for the Advancement of Civic Equality


What could Israel look like as a shared society? And what are the opportunities and challenges to truly achieving it?  Join New Israel Fund for a conversation about how American progressives, and our partners in Israel, are working to reclaim Israel’s founders’ liberal and democratic vision. Hear about what is done on the ground to advance a vision of an Israel where all citizens—Jewish and Arab alike—have an equal voice and an equal stake in the country’s future

Rawnak Natour, Co-Director of Sikkuy, was born in Kalanswa and received her BA in community social work and MA in early childhood education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she was active in the Arab student’s association. For a number of years she worked on the Shatil team advancing equal rights and coordinated the project for special education for the Arab community.  She has 20 years of experience in a wide range of fields in social activism and human and civil rights. Among these activities, she led, managed and participated in projects to advance equal rights in employment, education and against discrimination. In recent years, Rawnak held a wide range of managerial positions in frameworks to advance employment opportunities for educated immigrants in Denmark.

 Ron Gerlitz, Co-Director of Sikkuy, is an expert on Jewish-Arab relations in Israel and frequently writes op-eds about the status of relations between the Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel and between Arab citizens and the state. Ron is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science and an MA in public policy, both magna cum laude. He began his professional career in hi-tech, working for six years as software and algorithm team leader, both in Israel and in Silicon Valley. Before joining Sikkuy, Ron was a project manager at the Israel Venture Network. He took part in developing strategies and implementing projects advancing local economic development in the periphery, both in the Jewish and Arab sectors.

Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality is a civil society organization shared by Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel. Founded in 1991, Sikkuy’s mission is to promote full equality in all fields and on all levels between the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Jewish citizens. It has a shared Jewish and Arab board of directors, co-chairs, co-executive directors. 

Questions? Please contact 
Ray Natter at Rnttr at verizon dot net