SUN. JAN 17 | "Let's Talk About Civil Rights" sponsored by New Israel Fund, with Rev.
Following the 3:00PM performance, join us for a discussion on racial and ethnic relationships in Israel and the U.S, moderated by NIF DC Director, Karen Paul-Stern and involving panelists curated by the New Israel Fund. Respondents include: Reverend Aundreia Alexander, Associate General Secretary for Justice and Peace of the National Council of Churches, Nathan Guttman, the Washington bureau chief for The Forwardnewspaper, Nadia Ben Youssef, USA representative of Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and Naomi Paiss, Vice President of Public Affairs of the New Israel Fund,
REV. AUNDREIA ALEXANDER
Rev. Aundreia Alexander is the Associate General Secretary for Justice and Peace at the National Council of Churches. She leads the organization on its initiative to reverse the rising trend of mass incarceration in the United States. Before her move to the NCC Rev. Alexander served as the National Coordinator for The Office of Immigration and Refugee Services with the American Baptist Home Mission Societies of American Baptist Churches, USA. Rev. Alexander has a history of working with ecumenical, interfaith, government and grassroots entities such as the United Nations, World Council of Churches, Church World Service and others, on a variety of justice issues. She has preached, lectured and facilitated workshops throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico, and South Korea. She is also a workshop facilitator and trainer in the areas of Conflict Transformation/Mediation Skills.
NADIA BEN YOUSEFF
Nadia Ben Youseff is the USA representative of Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. Since 2010, Nadia has worked with Adalah as an international law and advocacy consultant focusing on the promotion of the rights of the Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab. Previously, she has documented human rights violations in India, served as a speechwriter and legal assistant to Mrs. Cherie Blair, and worked as a civil litigator for indigent clients in the greater Boston community. She is a member of the New York State Bar, and speaks fluent French and Spanish. Nadia obtained an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School with a certificate in Human Rights and International Justice.
Nathan Guttman is the Washington bureau chief for The Forward newspaper, America’s leading independent Jewish publication and U.S. reporter for Israeli TV Channel 1, Israel’s public TV network. For the past two decades Nathan has been following closely the Israeli – Arab peace process and U.S. – Israel relations as a reporter and editor for Israel’s major news organizations and for the American Jewish press.
Since 2001 Nathan is based in Washington DC where he served as bureau chief for Israel’s Haaretz newspaper and for the Jerusalem Post, before joining the Forward in 2006. In Israel, Nathan served in several key positions, including chief editor of Channel 1 TV’s evening news, features editor at Haaretz daily and diplomatic correspondent for IDF Radio.
Naomi Paiss is Vice President, Public Affairs for the New Israel Fund and has run the organization’s international communications since 2005. Previously, she served as founding Communications Director for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington; as Communications Director for the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence; as vice president, communications for National Wildlife Federation; and as Practice Director for a Washington public affairs firm. Naomi is a graduate of Akiba Hebrew Academy (now Barrack Academy) in Merion, PA and of Sarah Lawrence College. An experienced media spokesperson and commentator, her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and other major news outlets, and she has frequently appeared as a guest on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and network news and public affairs programs.