Civil Society Organizations Demand Women’s Representation in the Knesset and their Appointment to Senior Positions in the Israel’s Expected New Government

The Rackman Center participated in an initiative led by the Deborah Forum and Itach Maaki and 56 civil society organizations and 109 former senior women in the civil service and the security service in a request to ensure women’s representation in the Knesset and appointment to central and senior positions in the new government. In […]

Another Major Victory for the Rackman Center at the High Court of Justice

In another major court victory, the High Court of Justice accepted the Rackman Center’s appeal and decided – once again – that the Grand Rabbinical Court must rule according to civil law in Israel on property matters. As such, it overturned the Grand Rabbinical Court’s decision and concluded that, in accordance with civil law, sexual […]

Oppose the Istanbul convention? You don’t care when women are abused – an article by Ruth Halperin-Kaddari and Lea Geoppinger-Levy

Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari and Lea Geoppinger-Levy from The Rackman Center, claim, in an article published on The Jerusalem Post, that : “Signing the (Istanbul) Convention will bring Israel a major step closer to eradicating gender violence and will protect thousands of women and children”. In answer to the local opponents to the convention, including Minister […]

Discussion in the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of Women on Israel’s Accession to the Convention on the Elimination of Violence against Women

Today (May 18, 2022), representatives of the Rackman Center participated in a discussion held by the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of of the Status of Women on the subject of Israel joining the Convention against Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the “Istanbul Convention”). Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kadri, head of the Rackman Center, who […]

Why is everyone talking about the Istanbul Convention?

The European Council has officially invited Israel to join the Convention against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the “Istanbul Convention”). The invitation is currently on the Government’s table, awaiting the final vote – to join or not. Minister of Justice, Gideon Saar, Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, and Welfare Minister, Meir Cohen, have publicly stated […]

Women’s Participation in the Assembly for Selection Municipal Rabbis

The Rackman Center congratulates Deputy Minister of Religions Matan Kahana for publishing the Regulations for Jewish Religious Services (Electing Municipal Rabbis) 5782-2022. In particular, we are encouraged by its inclusion and legitimization, for the first time in legislation, of appointing women as members of the assembly that elects the head rabbis of Israel’s municipalities.  Further, […]

get refusal is violence

Last week on Ta’anit Esther we marked Aguna Day. Aguna Day is an initiative of ICAR – the International Coalition for Aguna Rights, of which the Rackman Center is a member. Facts: In the Halakhic marital system a man has absolute power over a woman’s freedom. Men have the exclusive right to give a Get and […]

we need your support – the rackman center’s crowdfunding campaign

  For the first time since Rabbi and Ruth Rackman established the Rackman Center in 2001, we need you.   The Center’s work protects women’s rights in Israel by allowing them to exit a marriage at will. In Israel, marriage and divorce is governed by religious law, which requires the husband’s consent to dissolve a […]

israel commits to sign the istanbul convention

The Rackman center played a key role in leading to the State of Israel’s recently publicized commitment to sign the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the “Istanbul Convention”). Justice Minister Gideon Saar and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid have officially announced their intention to act upon Israel’s […]


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