Hebrew for "Our People". Ameinu is committed to
peace, social justiceand the centrality of Israelfor the Jewish People.] Ameinu is an American Jewish Zionist organization. Established in 2004 as the successor to the Labor Zionist Alliance, it is the continuation of Labor Zionistactivity in the United States that began with the founding of Poale Zionin 1905.
Ameinu is headquartered in
New York Cityand is governed by an elected national board which is led by its president, Kenneth Bob. Local activity is carried out through its chapters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Bay Area, and Philadelphia.
The organization's tagline is "Liberal Values:
Progressive Israel," expressing Ameinu's progressive orientation and engagement with political and grassrootsactivists in Israel and the United States. Through its website, electronic newsletter, print publications, and local programming, Ameinu educates around issues of Middle Eastpeace, environmental concerns, Jewish-Arab relations, the social gap in Israel and America, and more. In addition, the organization sponsors educational missions to Israel.
Strategic Israeli partners
Ameinu has established strategic partnerships with Israeli organizations to foster a deeper connection between
American Jewsand Israel and to financially support the work of the organizations. NISPED ( the Negev Institute for Strategic of Peace Development) addresses economic developmentand cooperation between Arabs and Jews living inside Israel as well as between Israelisand Palestinians. Yedid: The Association for Community Empowerment, operates self-empowerment centers in towns and small cities throughout Israel that serve the weakest elements of Israeli society.
Ameinu advocates within the American Jewish community around a variety of issues. In the past, Ameinu has taken positions in support of Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives such as the
Geneva Accordand the People's Voice, in support of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza, opposing divestment from Israel, condemning calls by Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for the destruction of Israel, in opposition to the destruction of Bedouinvillages in Israel, criticizing Reverend John Hagee's anti-Catholicism, and on other issues. In 2007 Ameinu took a leading role in organizing a pro-peace rally in Annapolis at the time of the Annapolis Peace Conference convened by President George W. Bush. In 2008, the organization published a booklet entitled "Progressive Zionist Answers to the Anti-Israel Left" for use in communities and on campuses.
Youth and student affiliates
Ameinu provides funding for Habonim Dror North America, the
Zionist youth movement. Ameinu co-founded the Union of Progressive Zionistsstudent organization and provides funding for its activities as well.
National and International Associations
Ameinu is a member of a number of the umbrella organizations including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, American Zionist Movement, Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Ameinu is the United States affiliate of the World Labor Zionist Movement and cooperates actively with its sister organization, Ameinu Australia
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