Mickey Gitzin was the Spring 2016 Atkin Fellow
Mickey is the Executive Director of “Israel Hofsheet” (Be Free Israel), a grassroots organization that aims to influence public opinion and policy making on the issues of religion and state in Israel. Additionally, Mickey serves as a city council member in the city of Tel aviv-Jaffa. Previously, Mickey was the Spokesperson of MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz).
Prior to his work with MK Gilon, Mickey was a Project Director at European Friends of Israel (EFI), a Brussels based organization which aims to improve relationships between the European Parliament and Israel. Additionally, Mickey worked as the Associate Director of “Festival Beshekel” an Israeli Non Profit, which works to develop avenues for cultural and artistic expression in the periphery of Israel.
After completing his military service as an Intelligence Officer at the IDF, Mickey served as an Emissary (Shaliach) for the Jewish Agency for Israel under the auspice of the Jewish Federation of South Band, Indiana.
Mickey holds an MSc in Public policy from the University College London, as a Chevening scholarship awarded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council, and a BA in International relations and Middle Eastern studies from the Hebrew University.
Mickey was the recipient of the 2013 NIF UK Human Rights Award, and was selected to receive The Gallanter Prize for Emerging Israeli Social Justice Leaders in 2015.