Religious Pluralism

Promoting Pluralism and Tolerance

NIF believes that freedom of – and from – religion are crucial to the survival of a just and democratic Israel. We fight for religious tolerance, and work to oppose the rabbinic hierarchy’s exclusion of women.

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  • Major Conference on Gynecology Excludes Women

    NIF is at the forefront of a campaign against a conference on innovations in gynecology, which will exclude women speakers. The Puah Institute, which helps couples with fertility, medicine, and Jewish law, held its 13th national conference in Jerusalem this week, with the theme "Innovations in Gynecology and Halachah: Judgments, Dilemmas and Challenges." In previous years, female experts were barred from speaking at the annual conference, leading many doctors to cancel their participation in protest. This year, the Puah Institute refused to reveal the list of speakers, presumably in an attempt to stave off criticism regarding its exclusion of women.

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  • Profile: Roni Hazon Weiss

    [image - Roni Hazon Weiss, Photo Credit: Noam Finer]

    Roni Hazon Weiss has had a fascinating journey to become one Jerusalem’s leading religious feminist activists. Born and raised in a modern Orthodox family in Maaleh Adumim, and active in Bnei Akiva, her first turning point came when she studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum, one of the pioneers of Talmud study for women.

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  • Immersion and empowerment

    A new training program for mikva (ritual bath) attendants in Israel is an important step forward for women's rights. The new training program, which will be run by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, was agreed upon following a campaign by Advot (Ripples), a group of women's rights activists.

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  • Zooming in on Religion and State

    An old, torn photo of young women praying at the Kotel was tacked to an ordinary wall in a Haredi section of Jerusalem’s Nachlaot neighborhood.The photo captivated Ariel Cohen, a young, religious solider, during a state and religious issues tour of Jerusalem organized by alum of a SHATIL-Bet Hillel-Be Free Israel course.Juxtaposed against the ongoing controversy surrounding women’s images in public spaces, including the defacement of ads and posters showing women, Ariel was inspired and took a photo.

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STORIES & SUCCESSES

  • "Problematic" Payments to Yeshiva Students to be Cancelled

    In a victory against discrimination, Israel's High Court ruled that the state should no longer grant stipends to yeshiva students.
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  • New Method for Choosing City Rabbis

    A new election process will ensure a more moderate and more representative city rabbinate.
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  • Immersion and empowerment

    A new pilot program has the potential to transform Israel’s mikvas into safe spaces for women to discuss and deal with issues that affect them.
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