Contributor Archives: Hiam Simon

About Hiam Simon

Hiam Simon is formerly a member of the Ameinu Board of Directors as well as former Chief Operating Officer of the organization which grew steadily during his years with it. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation, supporting one of the oldest institutions serving the Israeli-Arab population in Israel. His work as Director of Development with Americans for Peace Now focused on fostering resources in support of the two state solution. During the period he managed their North American office, both The Jerusalem Post and The Jerusalem Report realized significant gains in advertising and circulation. Hiam has been a force in the progressive Zionist community his entire life, and was a delegate to the 36th World Zionist Congress. As a lay leader, he is active on the Boards of Directors of the American Zionist Movement; the Habonim Dror Foundation, the Habonim Camping Foundation, and Camp Naaleh, of which he is a past chair. During his many years living in Israel, he was Dean of Students for what is now the Alexander Muss High School in Israel, opened a bookstore in Jerusalem, and served in the Israel Defense Forces, with the final rank of sergeant. Hiam is married to Dr. Deborah Bunim and together they share 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Has A More Secure Coalition Created A Less Secure State

The State of Israel came into being on May 14, 1948.  The declaration of independence was followed by the establishment of a provisional government and the absorption of disparate Jewish armed militias into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The speed with which …

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From Freedom to Independence and Back Again

By Hiam Simon and Mark Gold For most peoples the Festival of Spring is a festival of liberty. But it is remarkable that, with these peoples, it is not human beings, not the nation but a deity who is liberated. For non-Jews …

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Will Israeli Democracy Be the Next Victim of Violence?

The State of Israel was conceived both by design and dream to be the Jewish State and yet the Jewish State is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society. This complicated duality is made possible because of an ingrained commitment to democracy. Even …

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No Secret Decoder Ring Attached

I remember clearly, convincing my mother to buy Ovaltine so I could cut out the seal, become a Secret Squadron member and claim my secret decoder ring. They promised that joining Captain Midnight’s Secret Squadron would allow me to unlock …

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Strength and Consciousness Together Can Combat Terror

Jerusalem, whose very name is “city of peace”, is again at war.  And the violence has spread to parts of Israel that have been unscarred until now.  A violence in which there are Palestinians overcome with anger and frustration who …

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37th World Zionist Congress to Open October 20th. Who Cares?

Who cares? We do and hopefully – for the future of both the American Jewish community and the secure future of Israel as a Jewish democratic state – you do as well. And that’s because the World Zionist Congress is …

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Proclaiming Liberty: The Road From Selma Passes Through the Arab Village of Duma

This is a jubilee year. It was 50 years ago that Rabbi Heschel walked arm and arm with Martin Luther King. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches. “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim …

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It’s Not 1938, it’s 1984

By Hiam Simon and Mark Gold Do you remember that old joke about 2 Jews and 3 opinions? Maybe it was 3 Jews and 5 opinions. Well, if things continue the way they seem to be headed we won’t be telling …

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The Nation State That is Israel, Needs Democracy

  On May 15, 1948, just hours before Shabbat was to begin, the State of Israel was reborn, renewing sovereignty for the Jewish people in their homeland. Preceded by months of irregular fighting and set on the eve of an …

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