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Shatil’s Public Housing Forum Saves Disabled Holocaust Survivor from Eviction

Shatil’s Public Housing Forum Saves Disabled Holocaust Survivor from Eviction

On a recent dreary day in Beer Sheva, a disabled 77 year old Holocaust survivor returned to her home of 20 years to find her lock had been changed. An eviction order had arrived the day before with no court order, no explanation, and no discussion with the tenant. Workers from Amidar, the public housing company, [&hellip

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Posted in: Housing

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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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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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Detained Asylum Seekers Learn To Use Photography As a Protest Tool

Detained Asylum Seekers Learn To Use Photography As a Protest Tool

Thick swarms of flies, spoiled or under-cooked food, overcrowded dorms, poor medical care, and clouded mirrors. Until now, the public hasn’t seen these conditions at the Holot detention center, because reporters can’t either. Journalists are forbidden from entering the facility. Shatil is changing the conversation by empowering detainees to get the word out through photos [&hellip

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Posted in: Democracy

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Lowering the Walls in Jerusalem

Lowering the Walls in Jerusalem

Nazeeh Ansari, director of youth and children’s services at the Jerusalem YMCA, has a dream. He’s had this dream for years: an overnight camp for Arab and Jewish youth from Jerusalem. Although it sounds simple, an overnight camp like this, let alone a summer camp, is extremely challenging to pull off in the divided city. [&hellip

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Posted in: Shared Society

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Teaching children tolerance

Teaching children tolerance

A shoe box, a mirror, two pieces of string, a blindfold, Cheerios, and pretzels. What could this list possibly be for? In Israel, teachers and youth movement leaders of third and fourth graders are using these everyday objects in unexpected ways in a 75-minute lesson on accepting difference. The religious scouts, a group with a [&hellip

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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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