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Fighting Ultra-Orthodox Control of Women in Israel: A Discussion with Anat Hoffman of the Israel Religious Action Center and Women of the Wall

Sunday, May 17, 2020 23 Iyar 5780

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Should the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel control when and where women can be seen and heard? Does the Jewish character of the state mean applying Ultra-Orthodox modesty standards in the secular realm? In recent years Israel has faced these questions and Anat Hoffman has been on the front lines protecting women from discrimination and segregation. She led this important work with cases involving:

  • segregation on public transportation
  • exclusion of women in public ceremonies and events
  • discrimination at the Western Wall against women wishing to pray and girls wishing to have a Bat Mitzvah ceremony
  • silencing of women singers on religious radio and army ceremonies

The exclusion of women has become a litmus test for the infiltration of ultra-Orthodox norms into state definitions of religious requirements in the public sphere. Her presentation to us follows some of the landmark victories over segregation and exclusion and looks at the remaining challenges in this vital area.

Anat Hoffman is an Israeli activist and serves as Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, also known as IRAC. She is the director and founding member of Nashot HaKotel, also known as Women of the Wall.

Women of the Wall is an organization fighting for the right of women to pray aloud, with Torah scrolls and tefillin, at the Kotel.

Learn more about Anat Hoffman

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