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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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Posted in: Religious Pluralism

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A Socially Just Urban Renewal

A Socially Just Urban Renewal

Last week in an unprecedented success for fair housing, an urban renewal law was passed by the Knesset. The bill contained each and every measure recommended by NIF grantee the (Shatil guided) Forum for Public Housing. Thanks to intensive lobbying and activism by the Forum, the legislation now ensures many protections for current public housing [&hellip

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Knowledge is Power

Knowledge is Power

Idit Sargusti, a mental health coordinator for NIF grantee Bizchut – the Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities, and Nirit Moskovitz, director of The Social Guard, another grantee that promotes civic engagement, are two social change forces to be reckoned with in Israel. Recently, the two activists came together as part of Shatil’s [&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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Shatil Everett Fellow Klil Agassi exposes flagrant discrimination in the housing market

Shatil Everett Fellow Klil Agassi exposes flagrant discrimination in the housing market

Klil Agassi, an intern at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), together with ACRI attorney Gil Gan-mor, exposed the unsavory discriminative practices of sales agents representing new housing projects in mixed Arab and Jewish cities, Lod and Jaffa. Online Ynet news covered these stories, and one of the sales agents has since been [&hellip

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And the Winner Is . . .

And the Winner Is . . .

Public housing activist Rikki Ben Lulu is one of four incredible women to receive the Yaffa London-Yaari award for her outstanding commitment to social justice, equality and human rights. While Rikki’s ride from her public housing apartment in Ashdod to the awards ceremony in Tel Aviv took less than an hour, Rikki has been on [&hellip

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Posted in: Social Justice

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From Battered Wife to Independence Day Torch Lighter

From Battered Wife to Independence Day Torch Lighter

Six years ago, a young Haredi mother named Fainy Sukenik was struggling to escape an abusive marriage. Last week, on May 11th, Fainy joined 11 other exemplary Israelis to light torches at the state’s official Independence Day ceremony. As the director of a Shatil-guided NGO, Ba’asher Telchi (“Wherever You Go”), Fainy embodies the qualities of [&hellip

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Posted in: Women as Agents for Change

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Public Housing Activists from All Walks Gather in Tel Aviv

Public Housing Activists from All Walks Gather in Tel Aviv

What does an Israeli public housing resident look like? New Shatil staffer Cary Jacoby thought she knew until her stereotypes were shattered when she drove three activists to her first Shatil-led public housing conference last month. One of her riders, Beth Herzog, was an American immigrant and according to Cary, “had my look.” Beth is [&hellip

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Exposing Women’s Exclusion on Religious Councils

Exposing Women’s Exclusion on Religious Councils

Hundreds of people have shared an online video (see below) produced by Shatil’s project to promote women within the religious establishment in Israel. The two-minute video satirically exposes the lack of women’s representation on the state-run, local religious councils that determine so much of their lives, from marriage and divorce to access to ritual baths. [&hellip

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