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Israeli Black Panthers: Forgotten History for Racial Justice & Equality with TBE Online

  • Sunday, May 2
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Join TBE’s Voices for a Pluralistic & Democratic Israel and New Israel Fund leaders for a discussion and study session reckoning with a forgotten piece of Israeli history: The Israeli Black Panthers. The movement was founded in 1971 in the Musrara neighborhood in Jerusalem by Mizrachi Jewish activists who drew inspiration from the American Black Power movement as they protested for social and economic justice and spoke out against anti-Mizrachi racism. They even published a Panthers Protest Haggadah shortly after their founding. Together we’ll explore the history and current status of this social movement, take a virtual tour of its birthplace, and share a glimpse at the first English translation of this remarkable Passover Haggadah.
Registration: Link coming soon! This event will take place through a video conference call. Pre-registration is required. Please click the registration button above to pre-register. Once you have registered, your unique access link will be emailed to you. If you’re new to Zoom, watch a tutorial or read written instructions on how to join a Zoom video call.

Speaker Bios:
Libby Lenkinski is Vice President for Public Engagement at the New Israel Fund, where she leads all aspects of NIF’s public efforts in the United States – including communications, digital, programs, events, leadership, community partnerships and engagement, New Generations and our fellowships. Prior to joining NIF, Libby lived and worked in the Israeli non-profit field for almost a decade. There she worked as Director of International Relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and as a strategy consultant for human rights organizations like Yesh Din and Physicians for Human Rights, for documentary films including Budrus and The Law in These Parts, new media initiatives like +972 Magazine, and for progressive campaigns. She is a founding member of Zazim-Community Action and The Whistle. Currently, Libby serves on the board of Comet-ME, Hashomer Hatzair North America and is a NY co-chair for the Reboot Network. Libby is based in Brooklyn and travels to Israel-Palestine frequently.

Adi Tufik is Director of Donor Relations for the New Israel Fund in Israel, where she coordinates study tours, donor visits, and fellowship programs. Before joining NIF, Adi worked at the Prime Minister’s Office, at the Monitoring Unit of the National Information Service. She was born and raised in Jerusalem where she earned her BA in Art History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She lives in Jerusalem.

Sponsoring Committee: Voices for a Pluralistic & Democratic Israel – Committed to expanding religious pluralism and equal rights within a democratic Israeli society, we promote efforts to fully incorporate and welcome all Jews as part of one Jewish people. Our programs provide a connection to efforts to bring about meaningful reforms in areas such as civil marriage and divorce, gender equality, gay rights and inequitable government allocations to schools and synagogues. We look to build coalitions with others seeking the same goals.