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Proudly Orthodox and Gay

Proudly Orthodox and Gay

Two weeks ago on Shabbat at Jerusalem’s Kehilat Zion synagogue, Nadia Aizner stood with glistening eyes under a canopy together with her partner Lena Kuznetsova, holding their newborn daughter, Tair – a name that means “she will light.” The palpable emotion among congregants was a testament to Nadia’s ability to publicly hold both her devotion [&hellip

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Posted in: Religious Pluralism

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Introducing Shatil’s New Design Studio

Introducing Shatil’s New Design Studio

Take 20 creative, cutting-edge designers and expose them to Israel’s most pressing social change issues. Add the creator of the viral sensation “Israel-Loves-Iran/Iran-Loves-Israel” Facebook campaign and a place to meet. Sprinkle this situation with opportunity and possibility and you get four creative, cutting edge campaigns that can change public opinion and influence our leaders to [&hellip

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Posted in: Capacity Building

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From Belfast to Jerusalem

From Belfast to Jerusalem

Partnering Across Sides Both Tomer Oshry and Hitham Slama were born after the Six Day War. Both grew up – one in a West Bank Settlement, the other in an Israeli-Arab town – before the first Intifada and still fondly remember enjoying good relations with their Jewish and Arab neighbors. Slama and Oshry want to [&hellip

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Posted in: Shared Society

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Meet Jessica Montell: A Remarkable Woman Gathering Change-Makers to End the Occupation

Meet Jessica Montell: A Remarkable Woman Gathering Change-Makers to End the Occupation

“The Israel that you see when you come on Year Course when you’re 17 is beautiful and powerful and attractive and I fell in love with it,” says Jessica Montell with just a touch of cynicism born of years of working in Israel’s human rights community. Montell’s lifelong love of Israel started during her childhood [&hellip

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Posted in: Democracy

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Pushing for More Tolerant Jewish Spaces in Israel

Pushing for More Tolerant Jewish Spaces in Israel

In an unusual step, a top kashrut official from the Israeli Rabbinate, Rabbi Dr. Oren Duvdevani, left his top post in the Rabbinate to become kashrut supervisor for Hashgacha Pratit (Private Supervision), an organization that advocates an alternative, more meaningful kashrut certificate that, unlike that of the Rabbinate, has no taint of corruption and employs [&hellip

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Posted in: Religious Pluralism

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Still dreaming of freedom 3500 hundred year after the Exodus from Egypt: Meet Women of the Wall Director and Shatil fan Lesley Sachs

Still dreaming of freedom 3500 hundred year after the Exodus from Egypt: Meet Women of the Wall Director and Shatil fan Lesley Sachs

Lesley Sachs is one of those lucky people who have a mission in life. “I believe I was put on earth to try to better society for future generations,” says the 58-year-old Israeli with the English accent. “I feel lucky that I can pursue this mission.” These days, Lesley is using her tremendous energies, motivation [&hellip

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Posted in: Religious Pluralism

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A New Precedent in Public Housing

A New Precedent in Public Housing

Meital Cohen celebrated last week’s precedent-setting announcement that at least 800 apartments in Tel Aviv will be dedicated to people like her who need public housing. The new neighborhood, as big as a city, is to be built on the grounds of Sde Dov, the Tel Aviv airport that is in the process of being [&hellip

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Posted in: Housing

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