New Israel Fund brass en route to S.F.

The New Israel Fund is gearing up for its four-day international board meeting in San Francisco, starting Sunday, June 24 at the Hotel Nikko.

Outgoing president Naomi Chazan — former deputy speaker of the Knesset, a human rights activist and an academic — will be honored at the organization’s 18th annual Guardian of Democracy dinner, which will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel.

NIF activists from the United States and Israel will be in attendance, including the organization’s incoming chairman, Rabbi Brian Lurie, and CEO Daniel Sokatch. Both men are Bay Area residents and former executive directors of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation.

The NIF, which was founded in San Francisco 33 years ago, works to strengthen Israeli democracy and equal rights for women and minorities in Israel. It has at times sparked controversy for supporting organizations some critics say are anti-Israel.

There will be no public sessions during the confab, aside from the dinner, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 25. For tickets or information, visit