Head of NCJW Program Nominated to Israel’s Task Force to Examine Gender Issues

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Head of NCJW Program Nominated to Israel’s Task Force to Examine Gender Issues

October 23, 2013, Jerusalem – Continuing progress toward elevating women’s voices in national Israeli policy, Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid announced this week that he has named Professor Hanna Herzog to a panel that will study gender inequality in the national budget. Herzog, who will be the academic representative on the task force, also serves as chairperson of the NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program at Tel Aviv University, a program of the National Council of Jewish Women.

“We have great confidence that Hanna will bring the same dedication to the pursuit of women’s equality in this role as she has to so many groundbreaking roles in Israeli society throughout her life,” said NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman. “Today NCJW congratulates her, but even more so, eagerly awaits the change she will inspire through her efforts on this panel.”

NCJW has been committed to advancing women’s status and promoting civil society in Israel for more than 60 years, by helping to develop stronger voices for women and minorities at all levels of society. Today, strategic efforts such as the Israel Granting Program continue in this spirit of education and empowerment, helping to advance the lives of women, children, and families and strengthen civil rights and liberties.

The NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program at Tel Aviv University, established in 2001 with a $1 million endowment by NCJW, educates and nurtures students to analyze the world through a gender lens and become agents of social change in Israel for years to come.

This groundbreaking program — the first bachelor degree-granting program of its kind in the Middle East — uses an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research through over one hundred courses from the faculties of Law, Humanities, Art, and the Social Sciences. The program stresses critical analysis of the role of women and other minorities in institutions of all kinds, public and private. Hundreds of students, including men, have enrolled in the program to date, and the first degrees were granted summer 2004.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

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