A Profile in Courage

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Simone Zimmerman
Simone Zimmerman
Following a childhood in the heart of the Los Angeles Jewish community, Simone Zimmerman started college as an ardent AIPAC supporter. She became disillusioned after a nasty public fight against a UC Berkeley divestment resolution in her freshman year. By her senior year, she had become the national president of  J Street U.  A few years out of college, Zimmerman and a few millennial friends organized a grassroots response to the 2014 Gaza War. Calling themselves IfNotNow, the group spread like wildfire across the country. After a year of strategic planning, the group has emerged as a prominent voice of  its generation. <Read Simone Zimmerman’s story here>

From Slim-Fast to Middle East Peacemaker

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S-Daniel Abraham
S. Daniel Abraham
The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace was co-founded by its namesake, known affectionately as Danny, and Rep. Wayne Owens in 1989. Abraham, former owner of Slim-Fast, and Owens traveled to the Middle East more than 60 times before Owens’ untimely death in 2002. Since 2010, the Honorable Robert Wexler has served as president of the Center and Abraham continues to have a hands-on involvement.   “What keeps me going?” asked Abraham. “The dream and the hope that we will have peace, that we will have a prime minister who will make peace.” His parting words: “Keep going. Keep working for it. Keep fighting for it… We’re not going to stay in conflict forever. As much as every day seems like forever, it isn’t.” At 92, he shows no sign of slowing down.  <Read Abraham’s story here>