October 3, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Shaare Emeth
11645 Ladue Rd
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Congregation Shaare Emeth
11645 Ladue Road
St. Louis, MO 63141
Cosponsored by: Center for Jewish Learning, Central Reform Congregation, Congregation B’nai Amoona, Congregation Shaare Emeth, Congregation Temple Israel, Kol Rinah, Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community, Temple Emanuel and United Hebrew Congregation
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As Israel celebrates 70 years of independence, we have many reasons to rejoice and take pride—most of all, in the strength of Israel’s democracy. But, as we are witnessing every day in our own country, Israelis cannot take democracy for granted. For years, Israelis have been confronting the erosion of democratic values by right-wing governments.
As the current administration pushes radical policies here at home, an emboldened right-wing coalition in Israel has moved to limit free speech, agitate against the Supreme Court, and cede power to extremists in dangerous ways. But there are patriotic Israelis who struggle tirelessly on behalf of democracy and equality.
As the CEO of the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis, Daniel Sokatch will share insights from both sides of the ocean, as our communities grapple with fundamental questions, like:
• How can Israelis and Americans confront ultra-nationalists wishing to remake our countries in their anti-democratic image?
• What roles does civil society play in protecting our democratic institutions?
Join us to learn more about the fight for democracy and equality in Israel and at home in America.
Daniel J. Sokatch is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Before joining NIF, Sokatch served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Prior to his tenure at Federation, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles based Progressive Jewish Alliance. In recognition of his leadership, Sokatch has been named to the Forward newspaper’s “Forward 50,” an annual list of the fifty leading Jewish decision-makers and opinion-shapers, in 2002, 2005 and 2008 and 2010. Daniel has an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and a BA from Brandeis University. He is married with two daughters and resides in San Francisco.
The New Israel Fund is the leading organization advancing and defending equality and democracy for all Israelis. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, we have provided over $300 million to more than 900 organizations since our inception in 1979. Read more about NIF here.