Shatil http://english.shatil.org.il Leading Social Change Tue, 16 May 2017 11:16:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.9 Pushing for More Tolerant Jewish Spaces in Israelhttp://english.shatil.org.il/pushing-for-more-tolerant-jewish-spaces-in-israel/ http://english.shatil.org.il/pushing-for-more-tolerant-jewish-spaces-in-israel/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 11:14:26 +0000 http://english.shatil.org.il/?p=10160 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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Uncovering Sexual Harassment of Israel’s Poorhttp://english.shatil.org.il/uncovering-sexual-harassment-of-israels-poor/ http://english.shatil.org.il/uncovering-sexual-harassment-of-israels-poor/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 11:13:19 +0000 http://english.shatil.org.il/?p=10158 An attractive single mother who sports a blond ponytail, Sara Assolin grew up sleeping on the floor of a two-room public housing apartment with her parents and 12 siblings. When she went to Amidar (the government’s public housing company) to take over the lease after her parents died, she encountered an official who was more [&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 Sachshttp://english.shatil.org.il/still-dreaming-of-freedom-3500-hundred-year-after-the-exodus-from-egypt-meet-women-of-the-wall-director-and-shatil-fan-lesley-sachs/ http://english.shatil.org.il/still-dreaming-of-freedom-3500-hundred-year-after-the-exodus-from-egypt-meet-women-of-the-wall-director-and-shatil-fan-lesley-sachs/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:01:21 +0000 http://english.shatil.org.il/?p=10126 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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Creating a Peaceful Future One Pupil at a Timehttp://english.shatil.org.il/creating-a-peaceful-future-one-pupil-at-a-time/ http://english.shatil.org.il/creating-a-peaceful-future-one-pupil-at-a-time/#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:24:38 +0000 http://english.shatil.org.il/?p=10086 A group of eighth and ninth grade Jewish and Arab high school pupils from Rosh Ha’ayin and Tira, who have been meeting regularly for two years, created a WhatsApp group to stay in touch at their own initiative. “The only Arab many of the kids had ever met was the school’s janitor,” says Anna Yakshtadt, [&hellip

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A New Precedent in Public Housinghttp://english.shatil.org.il/a-new-precedent-in-public-housing/ http://english.shatil.org.il/a-new-precedent-in-public-housing/#respond Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:29:26 +0000 http://english.shatil.org.il/?p=10076 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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Meet Israel’s New Environmental Activists: Michal Grows Food; Noa Saves Ithttp://english.shatil.org.il/meet-israels-new-environmental-activists-michal-grows-food-noa-saves-it/ http://english.shatil.org.il/meet-israels-new-environmental-activists-michal-grows-food-noa-saves-it/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:14:56 +0000 http://english.shatil.org.il/?p=10069 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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Meet Inbal Halperin: “Diversity is an asset, not a liability.”http://english.shatil.org.il/meet-inbal-halperin-diversity-is-an-asset-not-a-liability/ http://english.shatil.org.il/meet-inbal-halperin-diversity-is-an-asset-not-a-liability/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:39:59 +0000 http://english.shatil.org.il/?p=10044 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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Umm El Hiran demands equality, justice and dignityhttp://english.shatil.org.il/umm-el-hiran-demands-equality-justice-and-dignity/ http://english.shatil.org.il/umm-el-hiran-demands-equality-justice-and-dignity/#respond Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:06:03 +0000 http://english.shatil.org.il/?p=10030 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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Major Victory for Healthcarehttp://english.shatil.org.il/major-victory-for-healthcare/ http://english.shatil.org.il/major-victory-for-healthcare/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:34:17 +0000 http://english.shatil.org.il/?p=10023 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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Quelling Racist Blazeshttp://english.shatil.org.il/quelling-racist-blazes/ http://english.shatil.org.il/quelling-racist-blazes/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:04:03 +0000 http://english.shatil.org.il/?p=9873 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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