Partners for Progressive Israel is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Maytal Ruth Kowalski Consulting Inc., for Maytal Kowalski to serve as the organization’s newly appointed Executive Director, effective October 2, 2023. Maytal brings a wealth of experience in the non-profit/charitable sector, along with a passion for social justice, civil rights, and equality for all of Israel’s residents.
Maytal is an accomplished leader and advocate, dedicated to social justice and with a commitment to strengthening the ties between Israel and the diaspora. She has been involved in peacebuilding efforts since childhood, with her family making Aliyah in part due to the promise of the Oslo Accords in the early 90s. Since then, she has continued to actively work for peace, equity, and justice in Israel-Palestine as a board member of the New Israel Fund of Canada and JSpaceCanada, an Israel Policy Forum Atid Bronfman convener, and a Shalom Hartman Institute Canadian Leadership participant.
“Maytal’s leadership is a significant step forward for our organization,” said Paul Scham , President of the board for Partners. “Her deep understanding of the complex issues facing Israel-Palestine both on the ground and with regard to the US-Israel relationship, align perfectly with our mission. We believe that her vision and expertise will help us in our work to deepen Americans’ understanding of the complexities of Israel-Palestine while supporting Israelis and Palestinians working towards equality for all inhabitants of the land.”
“I am honored and excited to work with Partners for Progressive Israel as Executive Director,” said Maytal. “Envisioning peace in Israel and an end to the occupation drives me and everything that I do. I firmly believe that, through courageous conversations, and listening and learning with empathy, American Jews can play a role in shaping the future of the region. The landscape of diaspora Jewry is shifting dramatically, and at this crucial time in Israel’s existence, we must lean in, be allies, and amplify the work of all those fighting for peace and democracy.”