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POSTPONED: Who Owns the Western Wall?
May 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$18
ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Women of the Wall, a 31-year old feminist organization in Israel. WOW’s mission is to achieve equality for women and religious pluralism at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Yochi will also discuss the monopoly over prayer, the results of Israel’s March 2 elections (third round of elections in a one-year span) and the impact of the election results on achieving pluralism at the Western Wall.
ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Yochi Rappeport, Executive Director of Women of the Wall, was born in Safed and raised in the Orthodox environment of the Old City of her birth. Upon turning 18, Yochi was drafted to the Israel Defense Forces where she served as a commander in the Nativ Military Course – teaching Judaism and Zionism to new immigrants and non-Jewish soldiers. Following her military service, Yochi studied Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Bar Ilan University. After graduating, she served as an executive assistant at an Israeli news agency. Yochi joined Women of the Wall in 2016 as Director of Education and Community Outreach. Yochi, with her vast pedagogical and halachic knowledge, dedicated herself to educating and inspiring the Israeli public about WOW’s mission to achieve gender equality and religious pluralism. In 2019, after expanding WOW’s educational activities to more than 3,000 people a year – including 2,000 students – Yochi was appointed Executive Director of the organization. Yochi’s identity as an Orthodox woman and feminist shows that a woman may indeed possess both attributes. Married and the mother of toddler girl, Yochi strives to make Jerusalem and Israel more tolerant places for her daughter’s generation and beyond. In her free time, Yochi volunteers for “Not Standing Aside” (Lo Omdot Mineged), a non-profit which helps women once involved in prostitution with their immediate needs and avenues for healing.