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Four Houses and a Bus
Religion and Feminism in Israel

Shira Ben Sasson-Furstenberg

Identity & Responsibility, Israel

We will focus on the struggle against the exclusion of women from the "four houses"—Beit HaMidrash (house of study), Beit HaKnesset (house of prayer), Beit HaDin (house of lawgiving), and even the family home itself. We will discuss recent incremental yet exciting achievements, the harbingers of the pluralistic feminist revolution ahead.

Shira Ben Sasson-Furstenberg

Shatil- New Israel Fund

Shira has been the Jewish Pluralism Project Coordinator at Shatil (the New Israel Fund's empowerment and training center for NGO's in Israel) since 2005. Born and raised in a liberal Orthodox home in Jerusalem, Shira was an officer in the IDF. Prior to joining Shatil, she worked for 5 years in the Knesset Research and Information Center. She is married to Yair, currently a Tikva fellow at Princeton.

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