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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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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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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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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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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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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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Meet Ronny Shapira Chisdai: Orthodox Jew, Feminist, and Social Justice Activist

Meet Ronny Shapira Chisdai: Orthodox Jew, Feminist, and Social Justice Activist

Ronny Shapira Chisdai is an advocate for women and social justice in Israel. But her path to activism is not your typical tale. Ronny grew up in a deeply religious Zionist home in Jerusalem. Adherence to strict gender norms and traditional religious ideology were part and parcel to her upbringing. But for the budding feminist [&hellip

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Two Victories in One Week for Women at the Mikvah

Two Victories in One Week for Women at the Mikvah

This week, Shatil, alongside partner ADVOT, are celebrating two victories involving Israeli mikvahs (ritual baths). Following a Shatil/ADVOT campaign, the Histadrut national labor union and the municipal religious councils reached agreement on a 17.5% salary raise for female mikvah attendants. The two groups had urged the union to prioritize the struggle to improve conditions for [&hellip

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