Contributor Archives: Gideon Aronoff

About Gideon Aronoff

Gideon Aronoff is the first Chief Executive Officer of Ameinu. Previously, Aronoff was President and CEO of HIAS, the American Jewish community’s international migration agency, where he oversaw service and advocacy partnerships with over 50 local Jewish communities and global programs in Israel, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Aronoff brings over 25 years of Jewish communal experience — including more than a dozen years in Washington DC — having focused on immigration, refugees, human rights, humanitarian assistance, community relations and government affairs. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum, the country’s premier immigrant advocacy coalition, and was the chair from 2009 to 2012. He is a member of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey and the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Aronoff is a graduate of Brandeis University and Cornell Law School. He lives in South Orange, NJ, with his wife, Dr. Jaqueline Rogerio, and his young children Dalia and Solomon.

Netanyahu Government Does Not Trump Zionist Principles

New York (June 26, 2017) – Gideon Aronoff, CEO of Ameinu, North America’s largest grassroots progressive Zionist movement, released the following statement of protest denouncing yesterday’s decision by the Netanyahu government to renege on a compromise deal for egalitarian prayer …

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Moral Responsibility, Israel and Black Lives Matter

The recently issued Platform of the Movement for Black Lives has generated widespread and anguished responses from across the American Jewish community due to its inflammatory language on Israel.  It has also created great distress for many in the Jewish …

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Highlighting Contradictions

 “Forget Brazil, Hello New York” (Editorial, March 25), highlights Israel’s lack of credibility when it appoints diplomats such as
Dani Dayan — consul general-designee to New York — with his personal views on the
two-state solution that are in stark conflict with …

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Room for Progressive Zionists in Social Justice Tent?

The following post is adapted from comments I recently offered to a group of Jewish social justice activists who were discussing responses to the recent confrontation at the Creating Change LGBTQ conference in Chicago.  In it I don’t specifically address …

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A Knife in the Heart of Zionism

Ameinu and ARZA Condemn Im Tirtzu Incitement Video as an Anti-Zionist Threat to Israel;  Call for Jewish Communal Unity to Defend Democracy and Human Rights in the Jewish State (December 16, 2015) New York — Responding to a video released …

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A Knife in the Heart of Zionism

Ameinu and ARZA Condemn Im Tirtzu Incitement Video as an Anti-Zionist Threat to Israel;  Call for Jewish Communal Unity to Defend Democracy and Human Rights in the Jewish State (December 16, 2015) New York — Responding to a video released …

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Op-Ed: What we’d like to hear from Netanyahu on Iran

By Gideon Aronoff and Dan Fleshler Originally Published by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 26, 2015 NEW YORK (JTA) — Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: As American Jewish progressive Zionists, we are deeply worried about the threat that a nuclear-armed Iran would …

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Ameinu Gives New Grants to Support Shared Society for Israel’s Arab and Jewish Citizens

“The Arab public in Israel long ago stopped being a minority…The task of building bridges and forging a sense of partnership between Jews and Arabs is for me a human, Jewish and Zionist task of the first order.” President Reuven …

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Ameinu Israel Journey, Progressive Zionism in Action

Ameinu Israel Journey, Progressive Zionism in Action I was honored to participate in the Ameinu Journey to Israel, December 28th to January 2nd, traveling across Israel with Ameinu activists, Board and staff to explore themes from Ari Shavit’s “My Promised …

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The Current Conflict Between Israel and Hamas and Moving Forward

First, a brief excerpt of a message from the field: …I was in Israel during the events that led up to the current war and experienced the first rockets shot from Gaza towards the Tel Aviv area. I celebrated at …

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