For the most recent and up-to-date information on the issue of the sexual violence and gender atrocities, we recommend Prof. Halperin-Kaddari’s latest webinar with ELNET​ – European Leadership Network.Additional resources from the last few weeks include: Letter of Israeli women’s organizations to UN Women Playlist of select interviews and webinars featuring Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari. Interviews with CNN , The Guardian and SkyNews. List of […]


The Rackman Center is proud to announce our latest legal victory. In response to our petition, Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that women can be considered as appointees to the Assembly that elects Israel’s Chief Rabbis. The court accepted our position that the term ‘rabbis’, as it appears in Sec. 7 of the Law […]


Ruth Halperin-Kaddari: “By turning a blind eye to the October 7th massacre, and to the unprecedented and premeditated extreme cruelty of the sexual violence committed by Hamas, they not only fail us, but they undermine the purpose for which they were established, and in fact undermine the whole IHR system.   By failing to mention the […]


The Rackman Center, together with 80 other women’s organizations, issued a harsh letter to UN WOMEN, in response to their statement of 13.10.23 that failed to reference the atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel. UN Women is an international body that must stand by women wherever they are – regardless of ethnic, national or religious […]

A legal achievement for the Rackman Center

A legal achievement for the Rackman Center! The High Court of Justice overturned a ruling of the Grand Rabbinical Court that ignored the “best interests of the child” principle and ordered a secular girl to be enrolled in a religious school. We are empowered to share our most recent legal achievement. The High Court of […]

Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari quoted on the New York Times: “Expanding the powers of the Rabbinical courts excludes women” .

Ultra-Orthodox members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right coalition want to expand the powers of all-male rabbinical courts, and to bar women and men from mixing in many public arenas. A more recent proposal would let the rabbinical courts determine child support in some circumstances. “It’s important to emphasize: The rabbinical courts have only male […]

Spreading the word! What’s going on in Israel for Israeli women

what's going on in Israel for women

This month, the Rackman Center, led by Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari and Leah Goeppinger-Levy, spoke at two webinars about the current political situation in Israel and its potential impact on women and women’s right. The first was on June 14 with representatives of the Jewish Women’s Funding Network and the second was on June 19 with […]

The High Court of Justice issued an order nisi in response to the Rackman Center’s petition, ordering the State to provide legal justification to its refusal to include female Halachic scholars as part of the group of Rabbis in the Election Committee for the Chief Rabbis of Israel

Bar-Ilan University’s Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women petitioned the High Court of Justice with regard to Section 7 (8) of the Chief Rabbinate Law which provides for the appointment of “ten rabbis” to the committee that elects chief rabbis, requesting that female Halachic scholars will also be appointed under the Section. The Center’s […]

Visit by the Joseph Alexander Foundation

Last week (June, 22nd 2023) we had the pleasure of hosting at The Rackman Center our long-time friends and partners, the Joseph Alexander Foundation. We had the privilege of meeting the extended family and sharing just how important the Foundation’s support has been to both the Rackman Center and the University. Prof. Halperin-Kaddari of the […]


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