Social Change, From Within and Without

Fighting for Women’s Rights, Human Rights, and Jewish Arab-Equality

Amal Elsana Alh’jooj is a lifelong trailblazer, change-maker, and bridge-builder. At the age of 17, she founded the first Bedouin women’s organization in Israel, and later went on to establish the largest Arab-Jewish NGO in the Negev and revolutionize the field of Jewish-Arab shared society.

As a Bedouin woman, a Palestinian, an Israeli, an activist, and a scholar, Amal Elsana Alh’jooj offers a unique perspective on the tensions and intersections in the work of social change. What does it mean to promote women’s rights within the Bedouin community, while also fighting for human and civil rights for the Bedouin community as a whole, while also building bridges between Jewish and Arab Israelis? Join us to hear a world-renowned expert on social change explore the challenges and opportunities of intersectional activism.

She is a board member of the New Israel Fund and the founding director of founding director of AJEEC – Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment, and Cooperation and co-director of NISPED – Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development. Currently, Amal serves as the Executive Director of the International Community Action Network at McGill University. A lifelong activist and former candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, Amal combines her personal story as a Bedouin feminist with her experience working on Jewish-Arab shared society in Israel to provide a unique perspective on intersectional activism. She holds a BS in Social Work from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and an MSW and a PhD in Social Work from McGill University.

This event is presented by Presented by Academy for Jewish Religion Calfiornia, IKAR, New Israel Fund and Hebrew Union College, and is part of a national lecture series.


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