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80% of Israel's religious councils have only one woman

80% of Israel's religious councils have only one woman

Only 70 women currently serve nationwide (on 58 of Israel's religious councils). They represent 17% of the total 407 religious council members throughout Israel.


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1 woman per religious council, but, God forbid, not more

1 woman per religious council, but, God forbid, not more

49 women currently serve on Israel's Religious Councils, but only six Councils have more than one female representative.

Minister Azoulay heeds his rabbis rather than his government

Minister Azoulay heeds his rabbis rather than his government

It has almost become a painful routine to update our readers on the all too frequent outrageous statements made by Israel's ultra-orthodox cabinet members and MKs, which go against all commonly accepted norms of rule of law and democracy.

Israel pushed towards theocracy

Israel pushed towards theocracy

Minister Rabbi Litzman: "Netanyahu either loves the Reform Jews of the Diaspora, or the Haredim of Israel; it's either-or. There are no two ways about it... The Supreme Court is destroying everything good related to religion & state, and... the only way to stand against it is by passing legislation."

Hiddush demands appointment of women to religious councils

Hiddush demands appointment of women to religious councils

The ultra-Orthodox Shas party's Minister of Religious Services David Azoulay has appointed six “appointees” for four religious councils since assuming office after the May 2015 Knesset elections. Minister Azoulay, like his predecessors, has not appointed a single woman, despite Israeli law and the commitment the Ministry made to the AG office in the past to exercise affirmative action in this arena.

Ministry of Religious Services budget increased by more than 100%

Ministry of Religious Services budget increased by more than 100%

The budget for the construction and renovation of buildings for religious services will be increased by 50 million NIS (123%), the budget for the Ministry of Religious Services will be increased to nearly 150%, and the budget for cemeteries will be increase by 500%. The millions budgeted for the ultra-Orthodox parties by the Likud in exchange for their political support were merely a down payment - a base level for further increases.

Hiddush analysis of Israel’s state budget

Hiddush analysis of Israel’s state budget

The state budget for yeshivas is expected to grow by 419 million shekels, an increase of three-quarters. This is blow to the heart of Israel’s future, and a slap in the voters' faces.

'Jewish Home' Party exerted pressure upon local pols: Appoint our people

'Jewish Home' Party exerted pressure upon local pols: Appoint our people

The Knesset Interior Committee held a meeting to investigate accusations that the Jewish Home party led by Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett exerted undue pressure upon local politicians to grant political favors to Jewish Home Party supporters by appointing them to administrate local religious councils.

Hiddush's research and advocacy results in greater female representation in Israel's religious establishment

Hiddush's research and advocacy results in greater female representation in Israel's religious establishment

Hiddush's consistent efforts to implement gender equality in Israel's religious establishment and surrounding research have begun to pay off.

Hiddush's advocacy efforts result in historic success for gender equality in Israel's religious councils

Hiddush's advocacy efforts result in historic success for gender equality in Israel's religious councils

Affirmative action for appointing women to Israel's religious councils will provide the long-awaited implementation of the Supreme Court's mandate for gender equality in public institutions.

Hiddush report demonstrates dire need to close the gender gap in Israel's religious councils

Hiddush report demonstrates dire need to close the gender gap in Israel's religious councils

Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev turned to the Ministry of Religious Services to emphasize the need for proper implementation of gender equality in Israel's religious establishment

Hiddush gets to the root problem in the Ministry of Religious Services's alleged

Hiddush gets to the root problem in the Ministry of Religious Services's alleged "Kashrut Revolution"

Hiddush VP Shahar Ilan voices his concern of the reforms that the Ministry of Religious Services proposed for Israel's kosher supervision and certification business.

What they are saying about non-Orthodox Judaism and rabbis: A Compilation of Quotes

What they are saying about non-Orthodox Judaism and rabbis: A Compilation of Quotes

Hiddush exposes the hate speech that continues to inform policy, leading to continued discrimination of non-Orthodox Jews.

The Rabbi Miri Gold Case Demystified

The Rabbi Miri Gold Case Demystified

In this major achievment of Israel's move toward recognition of non-Orthodox rabbis, we must be careful to address challenges posed, and the road ahead.

What some MKs are actually saying about Reform rabbis

What some MKs are actually saying about Reform rabbis

In the excitement of Israel's first step toward recognition of non-Orthodox rabbis, these appointments were met with disturbing reactions by both ultra-Orthodox and National Religious political leaders.

Hiddush presents: Exclude the Excluders!

Hiddush presents: Exclude the Excluders!

Director of Hiddush, Rabbi Uri Regev: "No more will women be excluded from the public sphere. We can no longer stand with those who promote the exclusion of women, the time has come to for a civil governmental coalition without those who exclude."

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