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.
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.
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.
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.
MEET AREVOT'S MEMBERS
Dr Zehorit Asulin
Educator and organizer of educational and social projects
Coordinator of Bat HaMizrach
Lecturer in the Ono Academic College, Research Associate at Shalom Hartman Institute
Dr Angy Cohen
Coordinator of Morot Tzedek (Teachers of Justice)
Cultural Psychology scholar
Ruth Ben Ishai
Coordinator of Eroding the Stone
Coordinator of Metaksot
Paytanit (Jewish liturgical poet), singer, and artist
Coordinator of fundraising
Coordinator of Morot Tzedek
Developer of community programs and language editor
Daughter of the East Team
Coordinator of projects of Shatil and researcher on women-s stories.
Educator and team member of Metaksot
Manager of the Jerusalem program of ISEF – Israel
Rabbi Leah Shakdiel
Eroding the Stone Team
Rabbi, Torah and feminist scholar and social activist
Occupational therapist and social activist
Avishag Ben Shalom
Coordinator of the Gaon Center for Ladino Culture at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Audiologist and clinical instructor
Teacher and social activist
Artist and organizational consultant
Shira Ben Eli
Lawyer, judicial assistant in the Rabbinical Courts
Rabba Idit Mevorach
Torah scholar and teacher
PhD candidate in law and gender
Kashrut supervisor and social activist
M.A in Political Communication
Rabbanit Meira Welt-Maarek
Talmud teacher, educator and lecturer
Chazanit, software company manager and leader of the egalitarian Sephardi congregation Degel Yehuda