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  • 6th Annual Community Education Day on Arab Citizens of Israel
    Sunday, February 28
    12:30 pm - 4:30 pm at the DCJCC
    Sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues & the Washington DCJCC. Lead Support provided by the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation.
    Download the Flyer (PDF)

  • George Jones, chief executive officer of NNCF longtime grantee Bread for the City and longtime advocate for the fight against poverty in Washington, DC, was honored as Georgetown's 2015 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award recipient at the Kennedy Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
    Watch the Video.

  • NNCF grantee Hand in Hand honored at the White House

    NNCF grantee, Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel, was honored by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the annual White House Hanukkah party on December 17, 2014. Two ninth grade students, Inbar Shaked Vardi and Mouran Ibrahim, and Hand in Hand parent Rebecca Bardach joined the President and First Lady to light the menorah.

    • Arab-Jewish school's menorah lights up White House Hanukkah party
      Times of Israel
      A colorful handmade wooden menorah stood on a table near the podium from which US President Barack Obama spoke at the White House's annual Hanukkah party on Wednesday. The menorah was made by the students of Jerusalem's Max Rayne Hand in Hand School, whose first grade classroom was burned in an arson attack by activists from the extreme Jewish anti-assimilationist group Lehava on November 29.

    • President Obama: "Happy Hanukkah, Everybody!"
      Official White House Blog
      (Video at link) Rabbi Shavit Artson led the blessings and lit the menorah -- one of four brought from Israel to the White House this year. The menorah came from bilingual Jerusalem school Hand in Hand, and was built by both Jewish and Muslim students following a devastating arson attack. As the President put it, "Each of its branches are dedicated to one of the values their school is founded on -- values like community and dignity and equality and peace."

    • Remarks by the President at Afternoon Hanukkah Reception
      White House Briefing Room
      This is something that Inbar Vardi and Mouran Ibrahim know very well. They are Israeli ninth-graders at Hand in Hand, which is a bilingual school in Jerusalem. For more than a decade, it's brought Jewish and Arab children together. So Inbar is Jewish; Mouran is Muslim. Just two weeks ago, their school's first-grade classroom was set on fire by arsonists. In the weeks that followed, they and their classmates could have succumbed to anger or cynicism, but instead they built this menorah, one of four that we brought here from Israel this year. Each of its branches are dedicated to one of the values their school is founded on -- values like community and dignity and equality and peace. Inbar and Mouran flew here from Israel along with Rebecca Bardach, the mother of a first-grader and second-grader at Hand in Hand, and in just a few minutes the three of them are going to join us in lighting the Hanukkah candles here at the White House.

    • Obama hosts Hanukkah reception at White House
      AP/Washington Post
      (Video at link) December 17, 2014 5:46 PM EST - President Obama delivered remarks to Hanukkah guests at the White House on Wednesday, celebrating the release of Alan Gross from Cuba. (AP)

    • Obama, at Hanukkah ceremony: Alan Gross' release shows freedom is possible
      Haaretz/AP
      (Video at link) Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also welcomed Inbar Vardi and Mouran Ibrahim, two students from the bilingual school in Jerusalem that was torched last month by Israeli extremists. "The Hanukkah story teaches us that our light can shine brighter than we could ever imagine with faith, and it's up to us to provide that first spark," he said. "This is something that Inbar Vardi and Mouran Ibrahim know very well…. Just two weeks ago, their school's first-grade classroom was set on fire by arsonists. In the weeks that followed, they and their classmates could have succumbed to anger or cynicism, but instead they built this menorah, one of four that we brought here from Israel this year. Each of its branches are dedicated to one of the values their school is founded on -- values like community and dignity and equality and peace."

    • Remarks by Obama at afternoon Chanukah reception
      Los Angeles Jewish Journal

    • Obama says no better way to celebrate Hanukkah than 'message of freedom'
      Reuters/Israel Hayom
      (Video at link) The special hanukkiyah was commissioned for the White House Hanukkah reception from the Max Rayne Hand in Hand (Yad B'Yad) Bilingual School in Jerusalem. Situated between the neighborhoods of Beit Safafa and Patt, the school brings together young people of different faiths, Muslim and Jewish, to build relationships and learn together. Founded in 1998, Hand in Hand's Jerusalem school has grown from 20 students in one temporary classroom to 624 students. Made of wood and painted in different colors, each of the candelabrum's eight branches represents one of the values on which the school was founded: Community, Education, Freedom, Human Dignity, Peace, Equality, Solidarity, and Friendship. Vardi and Mouran Ibrahim, two Israeli ninth-grade students from the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School, flew in with their parents to light a candle at the ceremony.

    • Obama At WH Hanukkah Reception: Light Of Hope Must Outlast Fire Of Hate [Photos]
      JP Updates
      Flanked by two students of the Jewish-Arab coexistence school in Jerusalem was attacked last month by extreme right-wing activists at the annual WH Hanukkah reception, President Barack Obama on Wednesday stated that Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle. The menorah, made of wood and painted in different colors, was designed by students of the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Arab-Jewish Bilingual School in Jerusalem that was attacked and badly damaged in an arson attack last month. Vardi and Mouran Ibrahim, two Israeli 9th-grade students – one Israeli and one Arab – from the school, flew in with their parents to light the menorah at the ceremony.

  • The Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation is a champion of an essential truth—that the right to vote is central to American democracy. To this end, the foundation has spent years building a funding portfolio that strengthens civic participation, especially through efforts to ensure that the rights of under-represented constituencies are protected. Leading up to this year's presidential election, voter rights advocates were deeply concerned about planned efforts for organized voter suppression—especially for minority populations in swing states. The Cohen Foundation's Daniel Solomon, who serves on WRAG's board, was determined to make sure that the electoral process would occur justly and fairly. So, he went to Ohio to participate in a huge voter protection effort. As expected, the protection effort was needed. Read his story, Putting My Mouth Where Our Money Is (WG Daily, 11/27).

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy discusses the efforts (and incarcerations) of NNCF vice president Daniel Solomon and fellow philanthropists in the fight for District voting rights. More Information

  • We note with sorrow the death of our long-time friend and advisor Arthur Goldreich, a Jewish patriot who fought for justice both in Israel and South Africa. Haaretz.com Article | Forward.com Article
  • Remarks, Interviews, & Presentations

    Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Memorial Lecture

    The Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Memorial Lecture was established by the Foundation in 2000 to honor the Cohens' longtime commitment to Adas Israel Congregation. The theme of the lecture is "The State of the Jewish People," and past speakers have included: Former Speaker of the Knesset Avram Burg; Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg; activist Anat Hoffman; Rabbi David Hartmann; Professor Deborah Lipstadt; Former Member of Knesset Amram Mitzna; Rabbi Joseph Telushkin; and a panel featuring Dr. Peter Beinart, Senior Political Writer for The Daily Beast and Steve Rosen, director of the Middle East Forum's Washington Project, and moderated by Eli Lake, national security correspondent for the Washington Times.

     
    Daniel Solomon with Susie Gelman, president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
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