Wed, May 22, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

New Visions - Israel's Emerging Changemakers

Join us for Part II of the New Israel Fund series that celebrates an emerging generation of bright and innovative activists rising to meet the challenges facing Israeli democracy today.

Change from Within: Law as a Tool for Social Change

NIF Law Fellows Samar Qudha Tannous and Carmel Pomerantz will discuss how activists are advocating for social change within Israel’s legal system. Moderated by Sandra Coliver of the Open Society Foundation, the conversation will explore the aspects of the Israeli judicial system that at times both empower and marginalize Israel’s most vulnerable populations.

When: Wednesday, May 22, 7pm
Where: NIF Offices, 330 Seventh Avenue, 11th Floor (at 29th St.)
Cost: $5, includes light refreshments

Samar Qudha Tannous is a Palestinian Arab-Israeli lawyer, feminist, and human rights activist. Prior to joining the NIF Law Fellowship, Samar worked as a coordinator and moderator at the Women Legal Leaders Program at Itach-Ma’aki - Women Lawyers for Social Justice, a feminist organization comprised of women-lawyers aiming to advance social justice for all citizens in Israel.

Carmel Pomerantz specializes in human rights litigation and has argued in the Israeli Supreme Court on issues relating to the Occupation and to freedom of political speech. Prior to joining the NIF Law Fellowship, Carmel was an associate-at-law in the Michael Sfard Law Office. She was part of the legal team of a number of Human Rights NGOs (including Yesh-Din and Ir-Amim) and was involved in the social justice campaign in 2011.

Sandra Coliver is a senior legal officer for the Freedom of Information and Expression Program of the Open Society Justice Initiative. For more than two decades, she has managed or participated in human rights and rule of law programs in Mongolia, Morocco, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, Rwanda, Russia, and parts of Europe, including three years during which she was based in Bosnia.

Please contact Billie Hirsch at or (212) 613-4400 for any inquiries.

Event Location

NIF Offices
330 Seventh Avenue, Floor 11 (At 29th Street)
New York, NY 10001

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