*Same great program, but with a new name! In past years, this program was titled “Community Education Day of Arab Citizens of Israel”

Join us for an in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab Citizens of Israel.

The program will feature the screening of the deeply moving documentary In Her Footsteps, short films produced by Israeli high schools students as part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s triangular school partnership program, and an in-depth discussion about Bedouin society within Israel with filmmaker Rana Abu-Fraiha and Safa Abu-Rabia, Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. Conversation moderated by Social Venture Fund co-chair Joshua Arnow.

1:00 pm: Organization Fair (find out how you can get involved in shared society initiatives!)
1:30 pm: In Her Footsteps screening
3:00 pm: Panel Discussion
3:45 pm: Reception and World Cafe

Sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues and the Edlavitch DCJCC.
Lead Support provided by The Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation.

Event Details

Sunday, May 6, 1:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC


Rana Abu-Fraiha was born in Tel Sheva, a Bedouin, Muslim and very religious town in southern Israel. She is a curator, editor and director who graduated from the Bezalel Academy’s Screen Arts Program. In Her Footsteps is her first feature-length documentary and garnered her the prestigious Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary at the 2017 Jerusalem Film Festival.

Safa Aburabia is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Anthropology department at Harvard University; she was Fulbright fellow for 2016-2017 and Israel Institute Fellow for 2016-2018. Her research examines Bedouin collective memory and representations of 1948 and the subsequent struggle over land from a gender perspective. She was a faculty member and Leadership program director at the Mandel Center for Leadership, a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University and Sapir College, and a social activist in the Naqab.

Joshua Arnow is a member of Ben-Gurion University’s Board of Governors and serves on the Board of Directors for American Associates of BGU where he focuses his efforts on scholarships and academic support services for Bedouin students. Josh also co-chairs the Social Venture Fund for Jewish Arab Equality and Shared Society and is an active member of the Interagency Task Force on Arab Israeli Issues. Over the past decade he has devoted much of his time to continuing his father’s legacy of supporting development and education within the Negev Bedouin community in Israel.

About the film


Dir. Rana Abu-Fraiha
70 min | 
Israel | 2017
Hebrew and Arabic w/English subtitles

In the middle of the night, Rana’s parents left the house her father had built in their Bedouin village and moved to Omer, a bourgeois Jewish town located only three miles away.

After 10 years of dealing with breast cancer, her mother’s only wish was to be buried in Omer. The town never dealt with the issue of where to bury its Arab residents. The film documents an entire family torn between fulfilling the mother’s last wish and social codes that cannot be ignored.


Adas Israel Congregation; Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation; Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community of Greater Washington; Ameinu; American Jewish Committee, Washington Regional Office; American University Center for Israel Studies; Anti-Defamation League, Washington Regional Office; Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington; Beth Shalom Congregation; B’nai Israel Congregation; Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County; Embassy of Israel; Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues; Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington; Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; New Israel Fund; Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society; University of Maryland Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies; Washington Hebrew Congregation.


Select Sunday, May 6 below for a ticket to The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel.