ZOHAR ELMAKIES

ZOHAR ELMAKIES

26 years of age Zohar, a Jewish woman, is a film student at the Tel Aviv University and works as the Resource Development Coordinator at the “Coalition of Women for Peace“, a feminist organization comprised of women from diverse communities, who joined forces in the struggle to end the occupation and to promote a just society. In addition Zohar edits and writes in “Café Gibraltar’  – a cultural website that recognizes Israel’s geographical and cultural position as part of the Middle East and as an immigrant society, giving a voice to different experiences and life stories and marginalized artists. She also produced in the Acre Theater Festival and in Tmuna Theater the play “We are building a harbor” by Neta and Raz Weiner and Yonatan Kunda, all three Sadaka-Reut graduates.

Zohar joined Sadaka-Reut’s youth group in Jerusalem in 2004, continuing for another year in the commune and for a following year in the ‘Merkaz’, Sadaka-Reut’s community center.

Zohar says that her feminist and Mizrachi identity developed and became clearer to her over the years, since she was part of the commune. At the same time, most of her understanding of bi-national partnership was shaped when she was at Sadaka-Reut and it continues to guide her in her actions today.

… Something in Sadaka-Reut just entrenched in me the notion that we are not alone. Not alone, also in the sense that there are other people here who want to eat and drink but also in the sense that there is a connection between us… Sadaka-Reut was able to implant me with the idea of partnership in the deepest sense… it just ties you to the other nation in ways that cannot be untangled; a sort of joint fate in the sense that we need to create a different fate for ourselves. This partnership in not something I can just unlearn.