Anat Hoffman became Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center in April 2002. Anat guides IRAC in its work to promote Jewish pluralism, tolerance, and equality and to combat racism, corruption, and religious coercion.
Previously, Anat served as a Jerusalem City Councilwoman for 14 years, carving out a niche for herself as an untiring warrior for justice and equality. She has dedicated her adult life to the Jewish principle of tikkun olam. It is this commitment to social action and justice that has formed her career.
In a city where women are traditionally consigned to a subordinate role, Anat led in the battles for the right of women to pray at the Western Wall and for women’s equal pay for equal work. She has fought long and hard to see that the powerful Orthodox bloc in the City Council does not dictate lifestyle choices for the secular population of Jerusalem.
Temple Israel is proud to welcome Hoffman as a Scholar-in-Residence to help educate both our youth and adults about the very real religious and women’s rights issues currently being debated in Israel.
The Critical Civil Rights Issues Facing the State of Israel
Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m.
65 years of Israeli independence doesn’t mean 65 years of basic freedoms. This is a new chapter in Israel’s book – one that demands religious pluralism, gender equality, and rights for all Israeli citizens.
Religious Pluralism and the Future of the State of Israel
Thursday, February 6, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Pluralism in Hebrew is “pluralism.” Like “integrity” and “accountability”, pluralism is a whole new concept in modern Israel. What has been done recently to plant pluralism into Israeli hearts? What are the obstacles on the way to a pluralistic, equal, egalitarian and just society in Israel? It all adds up to how you say tikkun olam in Ivrit.
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