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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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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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Posted in: Religious Pluralism

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Social Change and the Religious Family: Shatil Convenes Single Mothers

Social Change and the Religious Family: Shatil Convenes Single Mothers

On April 6, a group of religious single mothers and mothers-to-be met to discuss the challenges, fears and joys of creating families on their own in the religious world. The event was organized by KayamaMoms: Creating Community and Support for Jewish Single Mothers by Choice, an organization that is part of a larger Shatil-led roundtable [&hellip

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Victory for Healthcare in Northern Israel

Victory for Healthcare in Northern Israel

While some hospitals segregate Jewish and Arab mothers in maternity wards (see story) Shatil’s Citizens’ Forum for the Promotion of Health in the Galilee does just the opposite: it brings Jewish and Arab Israelis together to improve the dismal state of health services in northern Israel. Last week’s second annual Galilee Conference on Health Equality, [&hellip

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“It All Starts with Education,” Declares New Anti-Racism Campaign

“It All Starts with Education,” Declares New Anti-Racism Campaign

On March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Shatil convened the Coalition Against Racism and the Education for Shared Living Forum to launch a campaign entitled, ‘It all starts with Education.’ The campaign features the following viral video that confronts prejudice by both documenting the stereotypes that people have about minority [&hellip

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Victory for Public Housing

Victory for Public Housing

For the past three years, Shatil’s Public Housing Forum has been working tirelessly — together with the Knesset’s Housing Lobby headed by Joint List MK Dov Khenin and Yisrael Beiteinu MK Orly Levy-Abekasis — to persuade the government to pass legislation that would promote transparency and crack down on corruption in public housing companies. On [&hellip

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Taking Back the Mikvah

Taking Back the Mikvah

Just one week after International Women’s Day, a group of women and men gathered outside the Prime Minister’s office this past Sunday to protest against proposed legislation that would severely restrict access to mivkahs (ritual baths). This new “mivkah bill” would override a February Supreme Court decision that allowed Reform and Conservative converts to use [&hellip

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