Don Futterman is a columnist for Haaretz, and can be heard weekly on TLV1’s The Promised Podcast, a frank and sometimes hilarious weekly review of politics and society in Israel, which has been named on multiple lists as one of the leading Jewish podcasts in the world. Don has also written extensively for The Daily Beast, and in numerous additional publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Tikkun, Maariv, the Jerusalem Post, Moment, Haoketz and +972. He is the author of Yaniv’s Treasure, (האוצר של יניב) a children’s book (in Hebrew), which will be published by Tal-Mai of Yedioth Books in 2019.
Since 2005, Don has been the Program Director for Israel for the Moriah Fund, a private American foundation which work to strengthen civil society and civil rights and promote democracy in Israel. Don is also the founding Executive Director of the Israel Center for Educational Innovation (ICEI), established in 2009, the leading organization for turning around underperforming low income elementary schools in Israel.
Don is a graduate of Brown University, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University, and the Trinity Repertory Theater Center for Advanced Theater Studies. He has lived in Israel since 1994.
The Moriah Fund
The Moriah Fund is a private foundation that was established in 1985 to perpetuate the lifelong philanthropic commitment of its founders, Robert and Clarence Efroymson. Their philosophy of giving was rooted in fundamental Jewish values: a concern for the disadvantaged and an emphasis on self-help; a commitment to equity and justice; and a desire to improve the quality of life for Jews and non-Jews alike.
Moriah seeks to promote human rights and social justice, help disadvantaged people gain self-sufficiency and control over their lives, foster sustainable development, and promote women’s rights and reproductive health.