Contributor Archives: Judith Gelman, Vice President and Chair of the Executive Committee

About Judith Gelman, Vice President and Chair of the Executive Committee

Judith Gelman is the Chair of Ameinu’s Executive Committee and serves as the Chair of the Fundraising and Membership Committee. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Habonim Dror Foundation and on the Camp Committee for Habonim Dror Camp Moshava, where her three children represent the fourth generation of her family associated with the camp. Prior to attending Oberlin College and MIT, Judith participated in the Habonim’s 23rd Workshop at Maayan Baruch. In addition to her work with Ameinu and Habonim Dror, Judith sits on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and on the NIF DC Local Council. Judy also serves on the Montgomery County, MD Steering Committee for J Street and on the board of a local private high school. She is a former President of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD. She has previously worked for the Council of Economic Advisers and the Federal Trade Commission, and is currently employed at Salop Economics in Washington, DC.

Darfur Refugees, Israel and Us

By Judith Gelman Darfur is a “big” issue in the American Jewish community. In many cities, you can locate synagogues by the green “Not on Our Watch” banners out front. We rally and write letters. Congregations raise money to purchase …

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Israel Razes Bedouin Homes: A Visit to Um El Hiran

By Judith Gelman I visited Um El Hiran on June 27, 2007, three days after dozens of homes in the village had been destroyed. I was traveling on a New Israel Fund Study Tour and visiting an unrecognized Bedouin village …

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In the Bomb Shelter

Israel’s citizens living along the Northern stretch of country have been ordered into bomb shelters. There, they will be safe from katushya attacks, but it is not a comfortable place to be. There are shelters for every apartment house block. …

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My Grandfathers Were Illegal Immigrants

The immigrant experience is central to the American Jewish story, so as Jews we often sympathize with the challenges today’s immigrants face in coming to a new country. Although they would never admit it in public, many Jews feel superior …

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Journey to Gush Katif

By Judith Gelman Little suggests that only weeks remain for Ganei Tal, a religious moshav in southern Gaza. The lawns are watered and fresh flowers fill the gardens. The major clue that change is coming is the stream of Orthodox …

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