Partners in Israel

Forum for Liberal Thinking

The NGO was founded 2006 as a successor organisation of the Liberal Institute for Research and Education, which worked closely with FNFfL since 1985. It provides a forum for the discussion and dissemination of liberal ideas and solutions for inner-social problems. Every year, the Forum for Liberal Thinking conducts a series of seminars and workshops on liberal and topical subjects (religion & state, fundamentalism and democracy, market economy, women’s issues, minority issues, local politics, etc.) for liberal target groups and the politically interested public. (Website only in Hebrew)

Teena (The Fig)

Teena was founded 1994 as a cultural and educational forum for the dissemination of liberal and humanistic values among new immigrants from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The organisation contributes essentially to the consolidation of democratic perceptions among new immigrants, whose formative political experience is associated with the totalitarian regime of the former Soviet Union. Apart from that, Teena provides its members and audience, who mostly grew up without any connection to their Jewish background, with the possibility to reconnect to this specific Russian-Jewish culture.

Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration (IASEI)

The Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration was founded in 1992. IASEI brings together academics involved in researching Europe with practitioners active in European affairs. It provides a forum for debate, a site for information about European studies, and is itself directly involved in promoting research and establishing research networks.
IASEI is a bridge between the different universities, centers for research and departments. It gives a possibility for Israeli academics and practitioners researching the European Union to meet and learn about the research of their colleagues. Among the members of IASEI, we have representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from the Bank of Israel. From the different universities, most of our members belong to the departments of Economics, International Relations and Political Science.

Yakar’s Center for Social Concern

The Centre has been in existence since September 1997. By design, it remains of modest size because so much of its work is on a person-to-person basis, with the aim of making contact and creating trust. At the same time it has continued to function as an unusual organisation – secular but on a Modern Orthodox base, and reaching out to a wide spectrum of people, religious and non-religious Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Centre arranges public and private meetings to give Israelis authoritative information about current events, and also to bring together people with diverse viewpoints as a means of bridging divisions. In addition, Yakar Center has been involved in the “Shared Histories” workshop series, bringing together Israeli and Palestinian historians, political scientists, philosophers, journalists, teachers, etc. to discuss the different perspectives on the historical events in Israel/Palestine. The project has been conducted in cooperation with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty and Panorama, Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development.

Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism

The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University is a resource for information, provides a forum for academic discussion, and fosters continuing research on issues pertaining to anti-Semitic and racist theories and manifestations. The social and political exploitation of these phenomena in the period since the end of World War II, and the influence of their historical background, constitute the principal focus of the Institute. It maintains an authoritative database that is freely available through the Internet and which records details of anti-Semitic manifestations throughout the world, serving researchers, as well as community, governmental and organizational workers in Israel and abroad and human rights organizations and groups fighting racism. The institute organizes (both independently and in cooperation with academic institutions within and outside Israel) international academic conferences, as well as biennial seminars in cooperation with Jewish communities and organisations, it publishes an annual survey of anti-Semitic incidents and trends throughout the world as well as studies of particular aspects of the subject. Furthermore, it undertakes research projects on aspects of anti-Semitic and racist manifestations, adopting an interdisciplinary approach that draws on the skills and resources of other departments of Tel Aviv University.

Peres Center for Peace

The Peres Center for Peace is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization founded in 1996 by Nobel Peace Laureate, former Prime Minister, and current President of Israel Mr. Shimon Peres, with the aim of furthering his vision in which people of the Middle East region work together to build peace through socio-economic cooperation and development, and people-to-people interaction. Through extensive communication and interaction with Arab partners, the Peres Center has come to understand that sustainable peace and stability can only be developed in the Middle East region through the elevation of social and economic capacities. Accordingly, the peace building activities of the Peres Center focus on common Arab and Israeli social, economic, developmental, cultural and educational interests, with an emphasis on nurturing Palestinian-Israeli relations. The Peres Center designs and facilitates tangible peace building projects that address these interests, utilizing cross-border, regional and international partnerships to bring these initiatives to fruition.

Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC)

Since its establishment, IDC Herzliya has been an academic avant-garde. The Center deals with constitutional and governmental reconstruction, economic growth, re-evaluation of Israel’s strategy and policies of foreign relations, as well as the country’s social and moral agenda.
IDC Herzliya is unique in its educational methods, which are based on an interdisciplinary approach, teaching of information technology and global markets. It combines theory with real world experience and provides its students with proficiencies. The Center’s basic outlook, which is rooted in the twin concepts of individual freedom and responsibility, emphasizes student’s entrepreneurship and leadership alongside commitment to community service.

Ibn Khaldun Association

Based on the political, social and philosophical convictions of the Arab polymath Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), the organisation aims at consolidating the inner structure and profile of the Palestinian-Arab community in Israel. It strives for the emancipation of that minority and tries to consolidate civic awareness among its members and organisations. It tries to convince them that it is not enough to lament discrimination against its Arab citizens by the State, but that the Palestinian-Arab community must take political responsibility for itself, in order to improve its situation truly and lastingly. The association’s target groups are first and foremost socially active organisations and individuals as well as local politicians and authorities.

Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace

Founded in 1965, the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace enjoyed the personal support of former United States President Harry S. Truman. The Institute supports major studies on the history, politics, and social development of the non-Western world, with particular emphasis on the Middle East. There are six regional research units – Africa, Asia, the Balkans, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Latin America, and the Middle East – plus the Minerva Center for Human Rights. Much of the work is interdisciplinary because of the varied interests of the Institute’s fellows. Several conferences, workshops, and symposiums are organized each year. Worldwide contacts are maintained with universities, institutes, and individuals in the different fields of research.

S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue

The Centre, operating out of the Netanya Academic College, is a unique institution dedicated to stabilizing regional and global conflicts by combining academic pursuits with on-the-ground efforts. The Centre represents a multi-faceted approach to the growing threat of regional and global disputes, by offering solution-driven initiatives based on practical experience and realistic goals. The Centre provides a combination of political, security, academic and economic solutions to conflicts by assembling teams of former politicians, community leaders, security experts, distinguished academics and prominent international business leaders, each of whom offer the expertise in their respective fields.

Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies

The institute (JIIS) is an independent, non-profit organization, which acts as a bridge between the academic and the practical. Founded in 1978 and maintaining a balance of highly qualified academics and practitioners, the JIIS provides a constant flow of relevant, accurate, and in-depth data, policy papers, and professional analyses for use by decision-makers, researchers, and the general public. Its studies serve as a valuable resource for a variety of governmental bodies, public institutions, and civil organizations.