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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fighting for the Rights of Israeli Women

The first "working" morning of the Foundation Mission focused on the rights of Israeli women. We began the day with a visit to the Israeli Knesset, to visit Knesset Member Zehava Galon. Although she represents the left-of-center Meretz Party, she felt there was definite cross-party support (especially among the Knesset's 33 female members) on such issues as domestic abuse and creating a legal case against "economic violence" (e.g. when a man denies his wife access to her bank account.)  
We then met with Susan Weiss (above, center, in white pants and grey sweater in group photo), director of the Center for Women's Justice. This legal advocacy group takes on precedent-setting cases on behalf of women who want to stem the abuses of the Israeli rabbinic courts in cases of divorce, conversion, and marriage.

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