Slingshot Salutes Innovation of Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

This week, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues (IATF) was named among the Top 50 Jewish innovators in Slingshot’s 2010-2011 guidebook. The Task Force, proudly co-chaired by JDC’s CEO Steve Schwager and housed here at JDC headquarters in NYC, is a diverse coalition of over 90 Jewish organizations dedicated to educating the Jewish community about issues facing Israeli Arabs—20% of Israel’s population—in support of a secure, just, Jewish, and democratic state.

We’re thrilled about this well-deserved nod to the Task Force by Slingshot, which for the 6th annual edition selected this year’s most cutting-edge philanthropic organizations from among hundreds of nominees across North America based on their strength in four areas: innovation, impact, leadership, and organizational efficiency.

Jessica Balaban, Executive Director of the Task Force, is hopeful that this acknowledgment will raise the profile of IATF’s activities among young adults. “Slingshot introduces us to a vibrant community of next generation leadership, the pioneers of today and the future of tomorrow,” she said. “ This is an extremely valuable benefit, as we further our mission and the work of our member organizations in their endeavors to strengthen civic equality in Israel.”

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