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VIA ZOOM: Exploring the World of Judaism with Guest Anat Hoffman

Sunday, November 8, 2020 21 Cheshvan 5781

9:30 AM - 11:30 AMPlease register below and the Zoom link will be sent to you in an email

Jewish and Democratic: Threats and Challenges to Israel’s Democracy

In recent years, authoritarian regimes have been gaining strength worldwide, mostly following financial and social crises. Although our country has managed to keep its democracy intact, we must remain aware and be vocal about its violations. Attacks on the courts and especially Israel’s Supreme Court, have increased. There are also more and more attacks - from the highest government offices - against Israeli journalists, and even against the Attorney General’s office, and other safeguards of democracy.

During this webinar, we will scrutinize the different threats and challenges to Israel’s democracy. One of them, the Supreme Court Override Bill, could remove all power from the Supreme Court. While the Knesset is not fully functional, this can open a Pandora's box for extremist behaviors and indoctrination. It is imperative to understand where seemly harmless actions can lead and what we can do about them.

Anat Hoffman is an Israeli activist and serves as Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, also known as IRAC. She is the director and founding member of Nashot HaKotel, also known as Women of the Wall. Hoffman is a former member of the Jerusalem City Council. In 2013, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz named her “Person of the Year,” noting the award reflected “the prominence that she has achieved across the Jewish world over the past 12 months.” The Jerusalem Post listed her fifth, among its list of 50 Most Influential Jews, for forcefully and successfully bringing the issue of women’s rights at the Kotel to the “forefront of the consciousness of world Jewry.” We are excited to have her at Shir Hadash for a lecture.

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