"K'vod Bat Melech P'nima" – Women and the public sphere in Israel
Women of the Wall, the "Women Freedom Riders", and the "Big Album of All Male Speakers Panels"; the role of women in Israeli society is changing; they are increasingly demanding their right to pray, be seen and be heard in the public sphere. The work of the New Israel Fund, and Hamutal Gouri's Dafna Fund, is having a profound impact across Israeli society.
Hamutal Gouri is the executive director of the Dafna Fund, which fosters Israeli women to be effective agents of social transformation, enhance the collective capacities of the women's movement in Israel, and promotes gender mainstreaming through powerful partnerships between women's organisations, including those in the Mizrahi/Sephardi, Palestinian-Israeli and Orthodox Jewish sectors. Hamutal is also a passionate storyteller and holds an M.A. in Cultural Studies where she focuses her research on a gendered perspective on the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
Hamutal is a guest in Australia of NIF Australia and Limmud-Oz.
About Shira Hadasha
Shira is an inclusive orthodox synagogue where both women and men are active participants. At Shira, you’ll find a mehitza dividing the praying-space into two, but services are led from both its sides.
Shira believes that Orthodox Judaism must strive for such inclusiveness, and it leads the way as the first such congregation in Australia.
222 Balaclava Rd
Caulfield, VIC 3161
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