December 6, 2007
Odd couple works to aid Israel’s Bedouins
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"In Israel, I lost my religion, as well as the myth that the kibbutz practiced equality between men and women," she said.
But Silver became increasingly disturbed by the widening gap in the treatment of Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens. "I am driven by the moral injustice of this inequality, but even from a practical perspective, this is not good for the Jews and it is not good for the Arabs," she said.
Silver and her lawyer husband have two sons, ages 20 and 19. One is in the army, and the other performs alternate national service.
In her present job, Silver deals with the Bedouin projects and also with three other major NISDEP programs focusing, respectively, on conflict resolution, promotion of small and medium enterprises and development of cooperatives internationally.
NISPED's annual budget comes to $2.8 million, of which 20 percent is provided by the Israeli government; 20 percent by foreign embassies, including the United States, Britain, Holland and Japan, and 60 percent from private donors and foundations, among them the Joint Distribution Committee, New Israel Fund and Ameinu, formerly the American Labor Zionist Alliance.
The two women's visit to Los Angeles was sponsored by the regional Ameinu chapter, Progressive Jewish Alliance and Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.
At this time, support in the Los Angeles area comes primarily from the Rosalind and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, but the two visitors also met with officials of the Jewish Community Foundation to seek financial support.
For more information, visit www.nisped.org.il.
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