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Women's Rights in Israel

View of the Old City and the hills of Jerusalem at sunset

During the Days of Awe, we engage in a full accounting of our souls and our actions. Perhaps this process should be applied to our relationship with Israel as well.

Chelsea Feuchs
Woman (from the neck down) holding small notepad that says: "We Are Equal!"

In Israel, “separate but equal” is used to justify limiting women's access to, and participation in, the public sphere. Often, such separation is tragic, painful, and illegal.

Anat Hoffman
Anat Hoffman surrounded by other women at the Kotel (Western Wall)

Learn what led Anat Hoffman to a career as a Jewish activist, and what keeps her there as executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center. 

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

During my first year as a rabbinical student, which was spent on the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, I began to see my homelan

Alli Cohen

It finally happened.

Anat Hoffman

Rarely does a 16-year-old Jewish girl from suburban Massachusetts get the chance to look back on her day and recognize that she helped make history.

Juliet Pesner

I woke up bright and early on Monday morning to head to the Western Wall with my students, participants in the NFTY-EIE study abroad program in Israel.

Ariella Poni Kronish

I don’t remember the first time I skimmed my skull with a bobby pin and pushed a circle of knitted white cloth and strands of hair into its metal clasp.

Liya Rechtman

Israelis love to sing

Anat Hoffman
the Western Wall or Kotel in Jerusalem, Israel

When I had the chance go to the Kotel, or the Western Wall, I was able to walk up to the men’s section, find an open section of wall, and run my hands over the coarse, grey stone that I’d heard about ever since I learned the letter aleph

Jonathan Edelman

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