Dec 21, 2020

Sustaining Achvat Amim with our Alumni!

Dear friends and partners, 

These last few months at Achvat Amim have been full of new and inspiring projects! As you know, we decided to restructure Achvat Amim for this period and design new models that can contribute to the work of all our partners on the ground and to the always ongoing work of bringing the Jewish diaspora into the movement for peace and justice. We are about half-way through the program now, and are really impressed and inspired by the brilliant and visionary cohort that's come together to invest in justice work during this time.

Another exciting development coming out of this moment is from a group of our alumni who have just launched the Achvat Amim Sustainers Fund. In their words, Achvat grounded them in their values and demonstrated that grassroots movement-building is possible, relational, and joyful. To that end, they are working together to grow Achvat Amim as a movement platform, and make it as sustainable and accessible as possible through monthly donations from Achvat Amim alum. It is extremely inspiring and humbling to know that our alum are with us, even when the program ends.

We know you know how important this framework is for the people who take part in it, and for the Israeli and Palestinian communities on the ground that Achvaters are working with. We also know how significant Achvat is for building connections between activists in different struggles and on different continents. 

As a partner who is deeply invested in the Jewish community building and peace work that Achvat facilitates, and as a supporter in our end of year campaign last year, I am hoping that you might also consider joining us as a monthly sustainer or support our long-term growth through an end-of-year donation. As always, thank you for your ongoing partnership. The support, warmth, and generosity of our partners is so appreciated.

With love and solidarity,

Dana 

Sep 29, 2020

Achvat Amim: Moving Forward into the Fall!

Dear Achvat Amim Community,

As you may have seen from our recent newsletters, this has been a time of dreaming and bold visioning here at Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim. We have been in active conversation with cherished partners, alumni, and activists on the ground to understand the needs and possibilities of this current political moment, and how Achvat Amim can continue to contribute and strengthen the movement for peace, justice, and equality. We are so excited to share with you what we have been working on over this period, and with the support you’ve given us, the ways we are continuing to build Achvat Amim in the new year. 

In this period, we are centering internal conversations and learning around disability rights, mental health, racial justice, and movement sustainability. We are deeply invested in our internal conversations around racial justice and the ways we can sharpen our pedagogy, education, and solidarity work. We are committed to deepening our frameworks, learning, and practices in pursuit of a world that honors that sacred value of all people and the right of all peoples to self-determination. In this historic moment of reckoning around anti-Black racism in the United States, we are committed to challenging ourselves as we continue to unlearn white supremacy and develop more full, more sustaining, and more robust racial justice frameworks from which we can act in solidarity and shared struggle with Palestinians and other communities of color. This fall, we have begun undertaking a number of exciting internal processes, including continued learning and discussion as a tzevet (team), and organizational conversations about how we can integrate anti-racism more fully into every dimension of Achvat Amim.

In just a few weeks, we'll be meeting for the first learning seminar of our newly launched Achvat Amim Justice Fellowship, a four-month learning community in Jerusalem where participants explore the complex reality on the ground, develop practical skills in community building and organizing, engage with grassroots social change and human rights organizations, and take an active role in the struggle for justice and equality. We have 12 wonderful and visionary fellows that will be joining with us for an exciting learning journey. 

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement as Achvat Amim responds to this current moment and ultimately grows and deepens in our work.

We are wishing you, our extended Achvat Amim community, a year of growth, sweetness, community, and meaningful work in pursuit of justice. 

Shana tova v’ gmar hatima tova,

The Achvat Tzevet 

 
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