ABOUT AREVOT

Arevot is committed  to Mizrahi women, social justice, Sephardi/Mizrahi cultural heritage and tolerance

In our Beit Midrash, we weave Sephardi/Mizrahi tradition and feminism. Unconvinced by the secularist and universalistic solutions ot the issues of women in Judaism, and disatisfied by the limited presence of Mizrahi female voices in the public sphere in Israel, we reclaim the relevance of the Sephardi/Mizrahi textual and oral tradition to think about a better future in the region in which the heritage of Mizrahi women is the cornerstone of a more fair society.  

SOCIAL ISSUES AREVOT RESPONDS TO

EXCLUSION OF SEPHARDI-MIZRAHI CULTURAL HERITAGE

Arevot reclaims Sephardi/Mizrahi sources which have been largely absent in centers of Jewish learning. As catalysts of social change, the women of Arevot aim to advance social justice and defend the value of ‎heterogeneity in Israeli ‎society through moderateness, inclusiveness and ‎pluralism which are part and parcel of ‎Sephardi and Mizrachi heritage.

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SOCIAL SPLIT AND RADICALIZATION

The women of Arevot reflect about and act towards an alternative model to dichotomic ways of thinking about society as a whole. We contemplate the plurality of Israeli society and try to understand the different groups and social needs. We do not cancel nor avoid conflict, but attempt to face its complexity.

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ABSENCE OF FEMALE SEPHARDI AUTHORITY

Arevot develops a Sephardi female voice in the Jewish private and public space. This is a unique voice in the Jewish world and it expresses a different feminism which stems from living tradition. We attempt to strengthen the legitimacy of Sephardi/Mizrahi women's authority, their social recognition and potential political influence.

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UNDER-REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN'S EXPERIENCE OF TRADITION

Arevot aims to repair the absence of a feminist traditional voice in the public sphere. We work towards a feminist approach that honors and learns from the experience of Sephardi/Mizrahi mothers and grandmothers as much as it responds to our own issues and conflicts as Mizrahi women in the 21st century.

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MEET AREVOT'S MEMBERS

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Dr Zehorit Asulin

Coordinator 2020-2021

Clinical psychologist

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Pazit Adani

Coordinator 2020-2021

Educator and organizer of educational and social projects

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Yafa Benaya

Coordinator of Bat HaMizrach

Lecturer in the Ono Academic College, Research Associate at Shalom Hartman Institute

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Dr Angy Cohen

Coordinator of Morot Tzedek (Teachers of Justice)

Cultural Psychology scholar

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Ruth Ben Ishai

Coordinator of Eroding the Stone

Educator

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Ziva Atar

Coordinator of Metaksot

Paytanit (Jewish liturgical poet), singer, and artist

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Etty Nabon

Coordinator of fundraising

Organizational advisor

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Heftsiba Cohen-Montagu

Coordinator of Morot Tzedek

Developer of community programs and language editor

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Michal Gidanian

Daughter of the East Team

Coordinator of projects of Shatil and researcher on women-s stories. 

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MayaShimoni

Metaksot Team

Educator and team member of Metaksot

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Michal Uli

Fundraising Team

Manager of the Jerusalem program of ISEF – Israel 

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Rabbi Leah Shakdiel

Eroding the Stone Team

Rabbi, Torah and feminist scholar and social activist

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Tzlil Cohen

Occupational therapist and social activist

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Avishag Ben Shalom

Coordinator of the Gaon Center for Ladino Culture at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Chen Cohen

Audiologist and clinical instructor

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Shlomit Boni

Teacher and social activist

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Hagit Molgan

Artist and organizational consultant

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Shira Ben Eli

Lawyer, judicial assistant in the Rabbinical Courts

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Rabba Idit Mevorach

Torah scholar and teacher

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Sagy Watemberg

PhD candidate in law and gender

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Avivt Rabia

Kashrut supervisor and social activist

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Reut Yonassi

M.A in Political Communication

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Rabbanit Meira Welt-Maarek

Talmud teacher, educator and lecturer

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Osnat Bensoussan

Chazanit, software company manager and leader of the egalitarian Sephardi congregation Degel Yehuda