Meretz leader Tamar Zandberg, on stage in Tel Aviv on Thursday
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Meretz leader Tamar Zandberg, on stage in Tel Aviv on Thursday

The Times of Israel presents: MK Tamar Zandberg, talking with ToI’s Miriam Herschlag, at Urban Place

Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg speaks at a demonstration in favor of legalizing marijuana, held in Rabin square, Tel Aviv, February 4, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90)
Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg speaks at a demonstration in favor of legalizing marijuana, held in Rabin square, Tel Aviv, February 4, 2017. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90)

This Thursday, February 21, The Times of Israel and The Tel Aviv International Salon will be hosting Tamar Zandberg, leader of the Meretz party, for the latest in our series of English-language pre-election events. Meretz chose its Knesset list in primaries last week, and this will be Zandberg’s first election as party leader; she won the post last March. 

Zandberg was born in Ramat Gan in 1976. She holds a master’s degree in social psychology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a law degree (LLB) from Tel Aviv University. Before entering the Knesset, she taught at Sapir Academic College in the Management and Public Policy department.

She began her political career in 2003, as a parliamentary assistant to Meretz MK Ran Cohen. That year she was elected to Tel Aviv city council, in second place on the Meretz list. During her term on the council, she chaired the city’s Women’s Affairs Committee and was a member of both the Finance Committee and the Affordable Housing Committee. She pushed against the opening of strip clubs, for the advancement of civil and same-sex marriage, and for the promotion of women-run small businesses.

Zandberg was a key activist in the social protest movement of summer 2011, and was a member of the experts’ group that introduced the movement’s housing and transportation platform. During the protests, Zandberg and other Meretz city council members withdrew the party from Mayor Ron Huldai’s coalition, due to the violent suppression of the protests.

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Prior to the 2013 Knesset elections, Zandberg was placed sixth on the Meretz list; Meretz won six seats, and her Knesset career began. During her first term she founded and co-chaired the Lobby for Sustainable Transportation, was involved in the founding of the Urban Renewal Lobby, and headed the Israeli Beaches Subcommittee. She put forward laws on decriminalizing the personal use of cannabis and paternity leave, and won the Green Globe Award for her work as a public servant promoting environmental legislation.

Zandberg will be speaking to Miriam Herschlag, The Times of Israel’s Ops and Blogs editor, and their conversation will be followed by audience Q&A. Reserve a seat.

About our Venue: Urban Place

Urban Place is a new and innovative collaborative work space, located in the greatest areas for business and startups, with high quality services.

About our Partners:

Tel Aviv International Salon 

The Tel Aviv International Salon is the largest speakers forum in Israel. Our nonprofit organization was established in 2009 to provide a challenging, thought-provoking and intellectual nonpartisan discussion platform for the young adult Tel Aviv International and Sabra community. There is an increasing number of motivated young professionals who are choosing to make Tel Aviv their home. The Salon provides this community a unique forum to learn about, debate and discuss Israeli, Jewish and world politics, history, media, economics, social, cultural and environmental issues with a diverse range of engaging international decision makers and the leading influencers on our society.

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

KAS is a foundation closely associated with the CDU political party of Germany. As co-founder of the CDU and the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer’s name is synonymous with the democratic reconstruction of Germany, the firm alignment of foreign policy with the transatlantic community of values, the vision of a unified Europe and an orientation towards the social market economy. His intellectual heritage continues to serve both as our aim as well as our obligation today.

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