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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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Meet Israel’s New Environmental Activists: Michal Grows Food; Noa Saves It

Meet Israel’s New Environmental Activists: Michal Grows Food; Noa Saves It

Twenty-two pioneering activists, including a Haredi man from Yerucham and a religious Muslim woman from Wadi Ara, gathered at Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Hey at the beginning of February. They represented different grassroots efforts to save Israel’s environment. The activists gathered to learn new strategies from Shatil as well as from each other. “The retreat inspired [&hellip

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Posted in: Environmental Justice

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Meet Inbal Halperin: “Diversity is an asset, not a liability.”

Meet Inbal Halperin: “Diversity is an asset, not a liability.”

Inbal Halperin, a Jewish participant in Shatil’s training program called Lowering the Walls: Leaders Combatting Racism in Jerusalem, remembers growing up in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood and buying candy in nearby East Jerusalem in the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. “They were our neighbors and we weren’t afraid of them,” recalls Inbal. “But returning from [&hellip

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Posted in: Dialogue

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Umm El Hiran demands equality, justice and dignity

Umm El Hiran demands equality, justice and dignity

On Monday morning, January 23rd, hundreds of Bedouins and Jewish supporters convoyed from the Negev settlement Umm El Hiran to the Knesset in protest over recent government’s actions and following two senseless deaths that took place last week amidst the chaos of bulldozers demolishing houses in Umm El Hiran: the victims — Bedouin, Yacoub al-Qiyan, [&hellip

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Posted in: Shared Society

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Major Victory for Healthcare

Major Victory for Healthcare

Following years of relentless activism, the Arab-Jewish Citizens Forum for the Promotion of Health in the Galilee achieved a major coup for the residents of Israel’s north: The government announced that it would allocate NIS 930 million to improve health services in the northern periphery. The amount will be allocated over four years. More than [&hellip

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Posted in: Health

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Quelling Racist Blazes

Quelling Racist Blazes

Last week, devastating fires raged across Israel. While some ultranationalist politicians attempted to exploit the moment to sound messages of racism and of discord, Shatil saw a unique opportunity to bring Jews and Arabs together for dialogue and joint-action. Activists in Shatil’s Haifa as a Shared City initiative came together in areas of Israel damaged [&hellip

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Posted in: Racism

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Karmiel Shared Society Activists Fight City Hall

Karmiel Shared Society Activists Fight City Hall

Once again, the Shatil Shared Society group in Karmiel pushed boundaries and made headlines when city officials said that a film about Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel could not be screened in a public community center. The city revoked the group’s permission to screen the award-winning film “Junction 48” in a city facility following complaints from [&hellip

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Meet Zoya Levitin Pushnikov: Feminist, Activist, Fellow

Meet Zoya Levitin Pushnikov: Feminist, Activist, Fellow

Born in Siberia, 29-year-old Zoya Levitin is a member of “Generation 1.5” – children of immigrants from the former Soviet Union whose job it was to translate social security documents to their parents and who knew about taxes by second grade. “Our parents didn’t know what they were coming to. And they came with very [&hellip

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