Saturday, September 18th | 13 Tishri 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Craig Dershowitz

Executive director, Artists 4 Israel

Craig Dershowitz is executive director of one of the most unique pro-Israel organizations in the world. Artists 4 Israel uses avant-garde art projects to show the human side of the Jewish state and bring “beauty, healing, and protection to communities and people ravished by fighting.”

The group was founded during the 2009 Gaza war when a group of Israel supporters put on a charity exhibition to raise money for bomb shelters.

There, says Dershowitz, “Hundreds of people came and these were young, cool, diverse New York trendsetters who had never experienced an Israel-related event before. We realized quickly that we had a chance and an obligation to this community to be the voice of Israel.”

The group has undertaken such tasks as painting murals on bomb shelters in the often-bombarded city of Sderot.

“There tends to be a misconception that the arts community is liberal and as such doesn’t support Israel. The truth is that those who do are oftentimes silent,” Dershowitz says. (Photo credit: Facebook.)


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