From Dialogue to Action

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Reena Bernards

Reena Bernards brought her passionate leadership to two significant Middle East peace initatives. As the first national director of New Jewish Agenda (NJA) in 1981, she helped launch a 1984 NJA national tour of a Knesset member and former West Bank mayor that was made into PBS Frontline special called “The Arab and the Israeli.” Through NJA, she organized a groundbreaking dialogue session between an Israeli and Palestinian woman at the 1985 United Nations (UN) Women’s Conference. It was the first public endorsement of mutual recognition and two states at an UN-sponsored conference.

In 1988, Bernards co-founded the Dialogue Project bringing together high-profile mainstream Jewish and Palestinian female leaders for nearly a decade. <Read Bernards’ story here >

From Yiddishkeit to Middle East Peace

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Sidney Topol
Sidney Topol
After retiring from a distinguished career in the telecommunications industry, Sid Topol became politically active. He credits the Yiddishkeit culture of “social justice” for his progressive politics. “My work for Middle East peace from a perspective of civil rights and human rights was a follow-on to that.” Topol has served on the board of Americans for Peace Now since 2000 and the J Street PAC since 2008. He served on the board of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom from 2004-2009. In 2003, he went to Geneva, Switzerland to witness the signing of the Geneva Accord, a draft agreement to end the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Topol’s newest peace-related venture is funding programs to create leaders of non-violence at ten universities in the U.S. and Israel. <Read Topol’s story here>