Ameinu Hires Gideon Aronoff As CEO; Former HIAS President Will Expand Agenda of Social Justice and Progressive Zionist Advocacy

Media Advisory: New York, NY, July 9, 2013

CONTACT: Hiam Simon 212 366-1194, hiam@ameinu.net

Ameinu, the leading grassroots progressive Zionist organization in North America, today announced the selection of Gideon Aronoff as the organization’s chief executive officer.

Aronoff most recently 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 12 countries, including Israel.  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. Currently, he is a member of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest.

Kenneth Bob, Ameinu’s president, declared “Ameinu is launching a new and exciting phase of its service to Israel, the United States and the world, by bringing on a CEO with broad experience in Jewish communal leadership and a dynamic background in local, national and international social justice advocacy.  With Gideon’s leadership, Ameinu will strengthen its unique role in the Jewish community as the key progressive Zionist voice for peace and justice in the Middle East.and as a passionate advocate for economic and social justice in America and the world.”

According to Bob, with Aronoff’s leadership, Ameinu is launching new programming under the banner of The Third Narrative, an initiative that will counter anti-Israel activism in the far left. The organization will also boost efforts to promote a just two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, expand outreach to younger and unaffiliated Jews, develop its social and economic justice advocacy program, expand its national network of chapters and affiliated volunteer activists, support the growing Israeli social justice movement, and engage partners in Jewish communities around the world.

“It is a great honor to be joining Ameinu as it builds on its hundred plus year heritage of progressive Zionist activism and expands to best promote the Jewish imperative to pursue justice,” Aronoff said.  “Throughout my life and career I have sought to bring together our particular concerns for Israel and the Jewish people and our universal Jewish values that compel us to aid the most vulnerable.  Working with Ameinu is a priceless opportunity to promote a secure and just Israel and to ensure that all Jews find a place in the Jewish community to fulfill our eternal calling to be voices for the powerless.”

As part of its growth agenda, Ameinu recently added Jewish community leaders Leonard (Leibel) Fein, Steven M. Cohen, Hadar Suskind (Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action and Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC), Mira Sucharov (Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and Haaretz, Huffington Postand other publications) and Rabbi Esther Lederman (Temple Micah of Washington DC) to the Board. It will continue to benefit from the activism and service of Hiam Simon, who will oversee the agency’s work as the new Chief Operating Officer.

About Ameinu:
Ameinu, the leading grassroots progressive Zionist organization in North America, is dedicated to promoting a negotiated peace between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states, and to social and economic justice for all in Israel, North America and the world.

Ameinu reinforces Jewish continuity through support for Habonim Dror, the Labor Zionist youth movement, and management of the Kibbutz Program Center which sends hundreds of young adults on Israel experiential journeys every year.

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Ameinu is recognized as a charitable organization by the IRS and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
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