Changemakers Series

Changemakers Series

MEET ISRAELI AGENTS OF CHANGE. HEAR THEIR STORIES. LEARN ABOUT THEIR IMPACT.

The Jewish Federation’s Imagine Israel Changemakers Series  brings innovative Israelis to Washington to share how their life, work and passions intersect to make a substantial impact on Israeli society. These prominent Israeli agents of change will visit Washington to lead community conversations about their unique ideas, influential actions and social change.


Meet Federation’s next Changemaker
Oren Helman comes to DC on May 16, 2017

Israeli disability inclusion advocate, Oren Helman will lead a thought-provoking discussion on his lobbying efforts to champion employment regulations for individuals with disabilities in Israel. Join us for this special event and get a unique look into Israeli culture as we explore this social issue with 11 Israeli Birthright Israel alumni as part of Reverse Mifgash, a 10-day immersive experience.

ABOUT OREN HELMAN:
Vice President at Israel’s largest government-owned electric company, Oren Helman applies his extensive experience working with Israel’s Knesset (legislative body) to his disability inclusion advocacy work. Helman was a key creator of the Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Bill, a major advancement in the field of disability inclusion, passed by Knesset in August 2016. The bill requires that every public agency and organization with 100 workers or more employ individuals with substantial disabilities to at least 5% of its workforce. This law also stipulates that each such institution appoint a disability employment officer to oversee the implementation and annual reports of this regulation.

 

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Cost: $18
Tickets are 100% donation to Federation’s Annual Campaign and tax-deductible.
*Free with valid student ID

Please contact Pnina Agenyahu with any questions at pnina@shalomdc.org or 301-230-7259.

 

Past Changemakers Events

Arab-Israeli educational pioneer, Dr. Dalia Fadila led an electrifying discussion at Federation’s Changemakers Series in February 2017
View photos from our February event with Dr. Dalia Fadila.

On a mission to empower Arab-Israeli citizens and advance societal standards for women through education, Dr. Dalia Fadila is pioneering a revolutionary schooling system in Israel. She has developed an English-intensive curriculum and reoriented the Arab educational construct to impart progressive values of individuality, encouraging students to become citizens of the world.

Dr. Dalia Fadila’s Outlook on Arab-Israeli Complexities: Dr. Fadila believes Arabs in Israel haven’t yet mastered a balance of heritage. Unable to identify as Palestinian, reluctant to adapt as Israeli and observant of Islam, she says the tension from this identity crisis continues to impede their progress. “Arab-Israelis can and must strengthen themselves through integration with the Jewish majority,” the ultimate lesson this educational pioneer strives to teach at her Q schools. Having grown up as a minority herself, Dr. Fadila has grappled with her own identity clash. She confidently considers herself an Arab, Muslim, minority, Israeli woman. Her mission is to advance “a new generation of Arabs who have the right thinking tools and the right leadership tools to see themselves as part of the elite.”


Leading Israeli LGBTQ advocate, Gal Uchovsky was captivating at Federation’s inaugural Changemakers Series in November 2016
View photos from our November event with Gal Uchovsky.

Over the past few decades, there has been a substantial change in the visibility and portrayal of the LGBTQ community in Israeli media and Gal has been at the forefront of the movement. Recognized as “The most influential LGBT person in Israel” by the monthly gay magazine Pink Time, Uchovsky has been a vigorous advocate of gay rights in Israeli arts and culture. His dynamic work as a journalist, filmmaker and TV personality has made him a popular role model for gay youth and an instrumental leader in forming Israel’s future LGBTQ culture.