FED Talks: January - Creating a Shared Society in Israel

January 11, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


We’re leading a dialogue between fundholders, partners, and donors on how to create a positive impact in our communities through Jewish-driven philanthropy. Each monthly session addresses a timely and relevant theme based on the interests of our community and features experts in the field and organizations working to advance change.

January: Creating Shared Society in Israel

Israeli society is made up of a multitude of diverse communities, cultures, social groups, and nationalities, with four main ‘tribes’ – secular, ultra-Orthodox, Arab, and religious Zionist. These ‘tribes’ essentially lead parallel but disconnected lives: they live in separate towns, with varying degrees of access to education, employment opportunities, media sources, and infrastructure to connect to one another. These inequalities often lead to conflict and resentment. 

Join us for a discussion featuring Israeli organizations and experts working to create a more stable, equitable, and integrated social structure, particularly in light of the new government. Our speakers will explore the key issues and discuss various strategies and approaches, ranging from community organizing and socially responsible investing to cross-sector partnerships, that will help forge relationships based on belonging, mutual commitment, and ownership of a shared future in Israel. 

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Interests: Israel, Meetings, Virtual
Organized By: 
The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Mary Hanley
Nawa Jahshan Batshon, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Impact
Nawa is an organizational psychologist and consultant, holds M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Ben-Gurion University. In the course of her career, Nawa held different managerial positions both in private companies and in NGOs. Nawa founded MAWARED (resources in Arabic) Consulting Services business, which practices D&I consulting and organizational development in various companies and NGOs. In June 2014 Nawa joined The Collective Impact Partnership for Arab Employment as Head of Organizational Consultant Team and Interface with Arab society, later became co-CEO, head of the Employers Dept and in 2019 was appointed CEO of Co- Impact.

Nawa committed years of professional work to promote employment diversity and inclusion in Israeli through advancement of Arab employment, both men and women.  

Nawa is an Arab from Jaffa, married to Yacob and a mother to Noni, Ram, and Leen.
Chagit Rubinstein, Vice President of Operations, Koret Israel Economic Development Funds (KIEDF)
Chagit is the Director of KIEDF's Microfinance programs and non-bank Loan Funds. In the past 16 years the different funds facilitated 17,000 loans totaling $45 Million. The programs include SAWA - a microfinance program (based on Professor Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh Solidarity Group model) and Microcredit Funds for Arab business owners and other Minorities.

Chagit has been involved with micro and small business development programs in Israel over the past 20 years. She earned an MBA from INSEAD in France in 1990 and has worked for several years as a marketing manager for major Israeli exporters. In 2000 she was awarded a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright) to study Microfinance at American University in Washington DC and since then has been the main developer of the field in Israel.
Moderator: Barak Loozon, Israel Office Director, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Barak Loozon is the Israel Office Director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. He has devoted his career to strengthening democracy and Jewish peoplehood, including by heading the public education reform effort in the city of Bat-Yam that served as a national model; serving as Educational Director of Tzofim, Israel’s largest youth movement; and by heading the Jewish Agency delegation to the Pacific Northwest. Barak has a BA from Bar Ilan University, an MA in Administration and Education Policy from Tel Aviv University and another MA in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was a Wexner Fellow. He lives in Kibbutz Einat with his wife Keren and their five boys.