Ilana Sumka

Founder

Ilana served as the founding executive director of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence from 2012 – 2017.  With two decades of experience as an organizer, educator and activist, Ilana previously spent five years as the Jerusalem director of Encounter. A recipient of Dorot and Pardes fellowships in Israel, Ilana was recognized for her commitment to ending the Israeli occupation by being the first Jewish person to receive an honorary Bethlehem “passport” as part of the international Open Bethlehem campaign.

One of the first staff with New York’s Working Families Party, she worked in international human rights with American Jewish World Service and served as an international election monitor in Albania and Bosnia with OSCE-ODIHR. Ilana currently lives in Belgium where she co-founded the new initiative, Another Jewish Voice (Een Andere Joodse Stem), to elevate progressive Jewish voices in the Belgian and European political discourse. She teaches Judaism for conversion students at the International Jewish Center in Belgium and is working on a book about her experiences in the Middle East.

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This work--building partnerships and networks of solidarity--is what we need to face the challenges ahead. Partnership and coresistance upend the systems of division and oppression of Jews against Palestinians, and instead proclaims a vision solidarity, joint struggle and mutual support.

That choice is what is needed to take on the joined forces of division, bigotry and fear-mongering. When those in power choose to ostracize and oppress, we choose to link arms and struggle.

Now, as this calendar year comes to a close and the next one begins, join us in choosing solidarity and coresistance with a generous end of year contribution.

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Already, in just a few weeks, another 50 Diaspora Jews will be in the West Bank standing alongside Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders in struggle against home demolitions and for freedom of movement and access to clean water.

After that, there will be more delegations, more opportunities to show up for our partners, and more moments to stand together and choose freedom and equality.

We all know that this doesn’t happen without countless hours spent planning, organizing, training, visioning and relationship-building. And, those hours are sustained by the support of hundreds of individuals like you and me who believe that solidarity and coresistance can upend the oppression the Israeli occupation and bring peace and justice to all of us.