Please plan on joining us for Union Talks discussion with Anat Hoffman on October 14, 2018.
Anat is an Israeli activist and currently serves at the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, known as IRAC. She is director and founding member of the Women of the Wall. Hoffman is a former member of the Jerusalem City Council. In 2013 she was named by the Israeli Newspaper Haaretz “Person of the Year.” The Jerusalem Post listed as fifth among its list of the 50 Most Influential Jews, for successfully bringing the issue of women’s rights to the Kotel.
Anat Hoffman has served as the Executive Director of IRAC since April 2002. She previously served as a member of the Jerusalem City Council for 14 years, and she is one of the only women in Israel who served three terms on a city council. During those years, Anat built a reputation for being an effective and courageous fighter for social justice and equality as part of the opposition. Anat chose to devote her adult life to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Parallel to these positions, she was active in important social organizations such as the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Israel Women’s Network, and Women in Black. Beginning in 1988, she served as Chairwoman of Women of the Wall, who fight for the rights of women to pray, read Torah, and wear talitot (prayer shawls) at the Western Wall.
Anat Hoffman, as a girl, was an Israeli swimming champion, and since has preserved a strong connection with the world of sports, specifically the topic of women in sports. Over the years, Anat has become an authority on the issue of women in the media and advertising. As an active and traditional Reform Jew, Anat tries to offer the Israeli public a modern alternative, contemporary and egalitarian, to Orthodox Judaism. She has fought against religious coercion, and for religious pluralism, while serving on Jerusalem’s City Council. and was one of the founders of Women of the Wall. This world view continues to guide her as Executive Director of IRAC.
About Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)
IRAC is committed to advancing religious diversity and defending freedom of religion in Israeli society and works to create a broadly inclusive Israeli democracy based on the principles of social justice and equality. Rooted in progressive Judaism, IRAC presents a vision of Israel that retains its Jewish character without compromising on humanistic and democratic values. In this we echo Israel’s Declaration of Independence, which emphasizes that the State of Israel will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice and peace; and will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex.
IRAC’s core activities are focused on the following objectives:
- Fighting religious extremism and gender segregation in the public domain.
- Fighting racism and advancing a shared society between Jews and Arabs in Israel.
- Advancing religious freedom and dismantling the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate’s monopoly.
- Securing equal status for all streams of Judaism in Israel.
IRAC uses legal action, public policy, and advocacy to advance its goals, as well as direct action to mobilize our own constituencies and the wider Israeli public.
Anat will be joining us following service on Sunday, October 14. She will provide an overview of her work followed by a Q and A. Lunch will be served followed by the program. A Free Will Offering will take place to support the work of IRAC.
Please RSVP at https://bit.ly/2CpPmyZ.