One of the biggest threats to Israel’s democracy is the intense level of extremism, intolerance, and inequality pervading Israeli society today.
At UJA-Federation of New York, we hear the call and recognize the need for a platform and a process that brings together a diverse group of driven individuals who share similar values. To dream big, shatter stereotypes, challenge rhetoric, exchange ideas, share insights, and introduce new solutions to achieve sustainable change for the good of Israeli society.
That’s why we created Co.Lab – a unique platform where social leaders and changemakers from across religious, ethnic, cultural, gender and economic divides explore these differences, and create breakthrough collaborations that build social cohesion.
Co.Lab is just what it sounds like – a laboratory for social cohesion and collaboration. It is a cutting-edge incubator, a first-of-its-kind signature initiative for UJA Federation of New York in Israel.
In each Co.Lab cohort, 18 of the most promising change-makers across Israeli society develop a common vision and language that challenge this divisiveness.to start a sea change.
Imagine a Haredi leader joining forces with the chair of Israel’s LGBTQ association, or a Jewish educator developing joint initiatives with the Arab leader of the largest organization working with Bedouins in the Negev. No need to imagine – it’s actually happening. Countless such connections are underway that would otherwise never happen. And, a new language has been born – a language that is shifting the way we think, the way we speak, and ultimately, in the way we act.
Co.Lab is a unified voice for the passionate center or moderate middle – introducing meaningful solutions that will make a real difference in the future. One that represents a collective movement exponentially greater than the sum of its parts. Whether this means reimagined policies and practices, not-yet-imagined leadership ventures, or new definitions of community, we look forward to seeing how these unlimited possibilities unfold in the future.