Leading a rally in 1990 outside of the United Nations, calling for the overturing of the Zionism=Racism resolution, with Elie Wurtman, David Borowitch and Jacob Ner David
At Windsor Castle, to deliver the 7 year plan for the Jewish people to the UN Sec Gen and Prince Philip, with other religions
yosef campaign speech for the Green Movement list
In ketziot prison, interviewing ahmed from darfur on jan. 21st, 2007. Investigative series won first place journalism prize.
yossi with children of sudanese refugee fathers who are in prison
demonstrating thin-film photovoltaics to President Peres at the Medwed Solar Alpha Site, with the Arava Institute
At the global launch in the U.S. Congress of Jewish Social Action Month, Nov 3, 2005. Similar events were held in the House of Commons, the Knesset and Beit Hanasi. See Cheshvan.org for an updated list of accomplishments of JSAM, which this year begins on Oct. 23rd, 2006. Considered the founding father of naming Cheshvan each year global Jewish Social Action Month.
Protest outside the Soviet Embassy, DC, prior to our arrest. Supreme Court cleared our arrest record, since Seth Waxman successfully argued that the law prohibiting protests within 500 feet of embassies was an unconstitutional infringement on our free speech rights and the law was rewritten.
Arrest outside of the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C. Oct. 1985, on behalf of Boris Lifshitz, who Yossi later met in Jerusalem. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction, setting precedent on First Amendment rights outside embassies.
Yossi interned at AIPAC for eight months, and co-authored with Steve Rosen the 10th in AIPAC's monograph series, which helped bolster pro-Israel lobbying efforts and received front-page press treatment when he arrived in Israel on a Hillel leadership tour.
Elected three times to the National Student Secretariat of the B'nai Brith Hillel Foundations, seen here in 1985 in Washington, D.C. wearing the "Another Zionist Against Apartheid" button. As a secretariat member, Yossi represented Jewish students on the MLK National Holiday Commission, headed up its anti-apartheid efforts, spearheaded campaigns for Soviet Jewry, voter registration and Israel.
As a leader of the anti-apartheid movement in the U.S., at Boston University, addressing a rally following a student walk out, circa 1985 Yossi keynoted the annual conference in South Africa of the South African Union of Jewish Students, during the State of Emergency. The authorities went to deport Yossi for his call for sanctions, but the intervention of the Zionist Federation blocked the deportation. Yossi was later banned from pre-democratic South Africa.
Boston University President John Silber tried to evict Yossi from BU housing and then expell him from the University. The Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union, and then Hill & Barlow law firm, took on Yossi's case and won.
Anti-Zionist forces throughout the anti-apartheid movement were beaten back when they tried to hijack it to undermine Israel's right to exist. This booklet went into a second printing after it instantly sold out and was the basis for then Israel's UN Amb. Binyamin Netanyahu's key speeches on the topic.
Press conference at BU Hillel announcing the end of a 14 day hunger strike protesting the university's investments in South Africa.
Yossi led a take over of the BU library during finals week. Seen here with dean of students, and negotiated amnesty for all the anti-apartheid protestors.
With Senator Kennedy. Yossi chaired the Massachusetts delegation for the Student Coalition for Soviet Jewry Student Lobby; Kennedy gave Yosef his “Yossi” nickname. (1984). Over 800 university students from around the country came into DC for special briefings and lobbying. Immigration figures from the Soviet Union were dropping and so the students and others stepped up government pressure.
Leading a rally outside the Papal Nuncio in Eastern Jerusalem, protesting the Pope's planned meeting with Kurt Waldheim
On a two week hunger strike for Soviet Prisoner of Zion Alexei Magarik, who was subsequently released from prison and flown to Israel. Yossi organized 23 demonstrations and events worldwide in February, 1987 for the most successful ever International Jewish Student Solidarity day for Soviet Jewry.
Leading a workshop on activism & Judaism at Camp Tel Yehuda, a Young Judaean camp for teen leaders
Sept, 1982, at the rally protesting the massacre at Sabra and Shatilla. The sign reads: "Pave a Path to Peace."
As the elected chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students, presenting to Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir "The Jewish Student Activist Handbook," with a leadership delegation of Jewish students from around the world. Yossi represented Jewish students at the United Nations and elsewhere.
with absorption minister Yaakov Tzur. to the right is WUJC Exec Daniel Yosset and to the left Aliya officer of WUJS, Henry Noah
Meeting here in Paris with UNECO Secretary General Federico Mayor, to present the Jewish Student Activist Handbook. UNESCO provided a key bridge into registering Soviet affiliates of WUJS and into successful negotiations with the KGB to protect Jewish students. 1990.
At a White House meeting with President Bush Sr., pressing Jewish and humanitarian issues
Yossi convened a secret International Conference for the Rescue of Yemenite Jewry, Ashkelon, 1989, and was the sole non-Yemenite on their Executive. Four years later, the Jews were out.
Former student leader with student leader, President with president. With President Herzog in his office. Herzog in his youth was the chair of Jewish students in Ireland and was part of WUJS. Yossi worked closely with Herzog's office on pro-Israel activism and other matters.
Meeting with Ambassador Simcha Dinitz, then head of the Jewish Agency/WZO, to press for greater activism to counter anti-Israel forces on campuses and also for the speedy aliya of Ethiopian Jewry
introducing ethiopian leaders to haim bar lev, who served in a top position in the shamir administration
With WJC President Edgar Bronfman in Argentina, circa 1989
Serving in Meggido prison during the first Intifadah, 1990, Yossi was proud to be part of a western-educated unit trained to work with Intifadah prisoners. Yossi's job was to let people go. The full account of his army service and other photos is available on peoplehood.org.
With Arthur Herzberg and Menachem Rosenshaft at the White House signing of the Oslo Accords, Sept, 1993.
Yossi has addressed hundreds of audiences in 25 years, calling for a renewal of the Jewish people through education and activism. Seen here addressing the Hadassah national convention in Miami.
At the Ethiopian Jewish compound in Adddis Ababa, 1998. 8,000 people showed up for a photo, after I invited the leadership to show me who was eligible for aliya and waiting.
Investigating the burning of Jewish huts by non-Jewish neighbors in the northern mountains of Ethiopia. In the village of Buchara, Yossi is flanked by a translator and a guide. His shirt is loosely worn to hide the bullet-proof vest, which came in handy. The Israeli government and some relief orgs. denied there was violence against Jews.
One of a dozen charred circles of Jewish homes in Buchara, where neighbors torched huts to expell the Jews to Israel and take their land and cattle. Just as Yossi was documenting this, a dozen men, including a gunman, ran their way...
After being surrounded by the dozen men and held at gunpoint, Yossi and his guides were questioned at lengh to determine if we were Jews or Israelis. Agaru, a veteran of the Ethiopian military, eventually convinced the gunman to put safety on the gun and that they were just lost tourists. Under armed escourt, they took the group out of the village since they did not want anyone documenting the violence. That night Yossi sent in a local to steal the charred top of the hut as evidence, which sits in his Newton office.
Active since 1981 in the rescue of Ethiopian Jewry, Yossi was honored to be asked to run in the third spot on the Atid Echad Knesset list. They received 14,007 votes and helped empower hundreds of Ethiopian college students. Yossi is seen here in a 1998 photo in Addis Ababa with 8,000 Jews waiting for approval to make aliya.
Keynoting Russian's national human rights convention, outside Moscow in 2004, sponsored by the European Union. Spoke about the dangers of xenaphobia, racism and antisemitism. Serve as the lay leader of UCSJ. See FSUmonitor.com. Was co-nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize for rebuilding the human rights movement in the FSU.
At the closing ceremony of JSAM I, at Beit Hanasi with MK Melchior and the President (before allegations came out). Nov. 30th, 2005. A video conference/text study was conducted with Jewish communities in seven countries during the ceremony.
With WorldManna.org co-founders Aliza and Hallel Abramowitz, and Senator Joe Liberman, and his daughter, Rebecca. The girls just finished presenting in Congress WorldManna.org, an initiative to convince food corporations to donate a percentage of their profits towards alleviating world hunger. Yossi had the privilege of representing them and the Jewish people at the World Food Summit.
David Borowitz, Rep. Steve Israel and Yossi at Presidential dinner honoring 350th anniversary of Jews in America
Meeting with winning author David Grossman at his home in Jerusalem Oct., 06. Yossi chaired the Koret International Jewish Book Awards
Always supporting other social activists in Jewish life, seen here with Rabbi David Rosenn (Avodah Jewish Service Corp) and Yavila McCoy (Ayecha Diversity Resources)
At the global launch of the second Jewish Social Action Month, Oct. 24th, at the Knesset, where declaring JSAM in the official State calendar received a major boost from two influential committees and the key minister in the Prime Minister's Office. Yossi's Knesset testimony appears on Peoplehood.org. This is the clip from the Jerusalem Post featuring Moty Crystal of Kol Dor, Yossi, and the two Knesset Committee chairs, Rabbi Michael Melchior and Michael Nudelman.
The 3rd Annual Kol Dor Conference, Oct 07. Yossi on far left. Kol Dor, along with SocialAction.com, are the engines behind the annual global Jewish Social Action Month
With Ruth Messinger, meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni about the refugees from Sudan in Israeli prisons at the General Assembly of UJC in Nov. 2006.
At Aliza's bat mitzvah. Three children are by birth, two are adopted from orphanages in Ethiopia. The youngest is an AIDS orphan.
Living in the Arava Desert, Fall, 2006, to spend more time with his family, write and be involved with select social justice and Jewish causes.
explaining solar energy to gan ashelim
In Abu Dahbi at the First World Future Energy Summit
Named by Calcalist as one of Israel's top 20 environmental heroes, this is the photo they published, by Ruti Rubenstein
Green Party campaign photo, with Alon Tal and David Lehrer
yosef birkat hachamma at ketura