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20 Israeli Feminist Leaders Join Prestigious Leadership Fellowship


December 3, 2020

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20 Israeli Feminist Leaders Join Prestigious Leadership Fellowship

 National Council of Jewish Women welcomes the newest cohort of Connecting for Impact fellowship participants

WASHINGTON — National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today announced a new cohort of 20 feminist Israeli leaders will join its Connecting for Impact Fellowship designed to support their work ending violence against women and bettering the lives of women and children. The CEOs, directors, therapists, and activists come from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds – ultra-Orthodox, Arab, Bedouin, and Russian-speaking populations – representing the diversity of Israeli feminism. Fellowship members will develop their leadership skills and collaborate to enhance their impact countering violence against women in Israel.

“These women represent the future of feminism in Israel,” said NCJW CEO Sheila Katz, who has also joined the board of governors for Tel Aviv University. “NCJW is honored to support these inspiring innovators joining the Connecting for Impact fellowship. Each of them brings a different area of expertise and knowledge to the table that will allow us to partner and affect lasting change for women, children, and families in the Middle East.”

“The fellowship provides a unique opportunity for these women and organizations to convene and share ideas across communities over the course of a year and a half. The fellows will also receive practical professional and personal development support, including workshops, personal mentoring, and interns from Tel Aviv University Communications Department and School of Social Work.

“The Connecting for Impact fellowship was established jointly by NCJW and the NCJW Women and Gender Studies program at Tel Aviv University in 2018. The fellowship will provide expanded professional development, coaching, and ongoing evaluation.”

The members of the new cohort are:

  • Reham Abuelassal, Chairwoman of Na`amat, the Working and Volunteering Women Council, for the Nazareth District
  • Alia abu Rabiah, Director of Ma’an – the Forum of Bedouin Arab Women in the Negev
  • Ela Alon, Executive Director of Itach-Maaki – Women Lawyers for Social Justice
  • Rafah Anabtawi, General Director of the Kayan Feminist Organization
  • Maya Azari, Head of Public Policy at the Michal Sela Forum
  • Liron Azulai, CEO of the Women’s Courtyard
  • Maya Barshishat, Co-Founder of LOTEM
  • Naama Goldberg, Founder and CEO of Lo Omdot Me’negged – Assisting Women in the Cycle of Prostitution
  • Debbie Gross, Founder and Director of Tahel – Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children
  • Zameret Hershko, Coordinator of General Affairs at Women to Women – Haifa Feminist Center
  • Zilit Jakobsohn, Chairperson of Bat Melech
  • Orit Lahav, Executive Director of Mavoi Satum
  • Rivka Nuyman, Director of the Department for Women’s Rights in Israel and the Legal Departments of WIZO Israel
  • Samah Salaime, Founder and Director of AWC -Arab Women in the Center
  • Naomi Schneiderman, Executive Director of Woman to Woman
  • Yael Sherer, Director of the Lobby for the War on Sexual Violence
  • Ronit Shoval, CEO of the Eden Association
  • Orit Sulitzeanu, Executive Director of The Association of Rape Crisis Centers (ARCCI)
  • Rita Volosin, administrator of the “Russian Women Without Sense of Humour and Their Friends” Facebook community
  • Adi Wimmer, CEO of El HaLev

Full bios of the fellows are available here.


About the National Council of Jewish Women

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on, Facebook, and Twitter.


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