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Battle Looming for the Future of Israel

Battle Looming for the Future of Israel

A constitutional crisis, and what some call a battle for the future of Israel — is looming, with government attempts to limit the powers of the Supreme Court. But many Israelis and supporters of Israel don’t know much about the “override bill,” which Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut has called “bad” and “dangerous.” She [&hellip

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Posted in: Democracy, News

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Meet Shatil volunteer, Janice Fricker: “At Shatil, I found a way to make my contribution.”

Meet Shatil volunteer, Janice Fricker: “At Shatil, I found a way to make my contribution.”

Meet Shatil volunteer, Janice Fricker: “At Shatil, I found a way to make my contribution.” Shatil is known for many things, but inspiring a new immigrant to stay in the country may be a first. The blue-eyed blond daughter of a Canadian Armed Forces Colonel and a former teacher, Janice first encountered Judaism at the [&hellip

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Posted in: News, Planting Our Own Seeds: The Shatil Intern Blog

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Meet Eli Philip – from Haredi to Social Justice Fellow to progressive campaigner

Meet Eli Philip – from Haredi to Social Justice Fellow to progressive campaigner

Meet Eli Philip – from Haredi to Social Justice Fellow to progressive campaigner As a student at Brandeis University, Eli Philip went to morning minyan, ate in the kosher kitchen — and organized for J Street U. Until the age of 10, Philip grew up Haredi in Petach Tikva. His parents had 22 siblings between [&hellip

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Posted in: Fellowships, News, Racism, Religious Pluralism, Shared Society, Social Justice

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Mini-Markets, Major Issue

Mini-Markets, Major Issue

On any Saturday, even in cities with large religious populations like Jerusalem, the convenience stores are always busy. Families fill up on gas to visit the grandparents, and home cooks grab last-minute ingredients for Sabbath lunch. The majority of secular Israelis have long depended on the few stores open on Shabbat to provide necessities. But [&hellip

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Posted in: Religious Pluralism

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Ani b’shock – “Advancing Women’s Rights in Public Housing” project by Janice Fricker

Ani b’shock – “Advancing Women’s Rights in Public Housing” project by Janice Fricker

By Janice Fricker Shatil is pleased to welcome Janice Fricker, a volunteer who made Aliyah from Canada after a 30-year career in education.  Janice is keenly interested in social justice, women’s issues, democracy in action, shared society, and the environment. From time to time, Janice will be offering her first- person experiences with various issues [&hellip

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Posted in: Housing, Planting Our Own Seeds: The Shatil Intern Blog

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Meet Dr. Reem Younis: Israel’s First Arab Woman Surgeon

Meet Dr. Reem Younis: Israel’s First Arab Woman Surgeon

As a mother of three and a full-time oral surgeon, you wouldn’t think Dr. Reem Younis would find the time for activism. Nonetheless, she is active in Shatil’s Citizens’ Forum for the Promotion of Health in the Galilee and works to convince the city council to prioritize health in Upper Nazareth. “There is a lack of awareness [&hellip

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Posted in: Health, Women as Agents for Change

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Thoughts On My First Knesset Visit – Andrew Pico

Thoughts On My First Knesset Visit – Andrew Pico

By Andrew Pico I’ve lived in functioning Democracies my whole life, but I’ve never actually had the opportunity to witness the work of Democracy happen right in front of me – until last week. I had the opportunity to accompany my colleague Yael Yechieli, Shatil Coordinator for religious freedom, to a few Knesset Committee meetings [&hellip

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Posted in: Planting Our Own Seeds: The Shatil Intern Blog

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Keeping Israel’s Cities Pluralistic and Free

Keeping Israel’s Cities Pluralistic and Free

Which of these stories was told at Shatil’s Free Cities Forum? After 20 years of having one chief rabbi, the Rehovoth municipality decided to fund two chief rabbis at a cost of half a million shekels each at a time when, residents say, the city has no funds for subsidized after-school programs. 300 nationalist ultra-Orthodox families [&hellip

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Posted in: Religious Pluralism

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