I am proud to say that Alice Shalvi has been a friend of mine for many years. She is an Israel Prize winner, and most recently received two awards—the New Israel Fund 2011 Social Leadership Award and the Dafna Fund Award for a Lifetime of Feminist Leadership. She is one of a kind. Below is a link to an article from the Weekend HaAretz. After you read it you will wonder how she did it all and you will be happy that there is such a woman in Israel. Congratulations Alice.
“A soldier for sexual equality” By Aviva Lori
As long as the army has such a central influence over life in this country and Orthodoxy is dominant, asserts Prof. Alice Shalvi, there won’t be equality between the sexes. Despite this, at 85, the Israel Prize laureate is still energetically working toward achieving that lofty objective.
Question: What else would you like to do, for instance?
Shalvi: “I’ve never been to Sheikh Jarrah. I’m told that it’s too risky for me, that I could fall.”
Sitting in the garden of Shalvi’s charming home in Jerusalem’s Beit Hakerem neighborhood, one finds that there are actually two Alice Shalvis: the institution and the woman. The institution everyone knows, more or less: the feminist activist, social leader and fighter for equal rights, recipient of dozens of awards and honorary doctorates in Israel and abroad, and 2007 Israel Prize laureate for her special contribution to society and the country. The private individual is less well known. Shalvi the woman is married to Moshe, a mother of six, grandmother of 21 and great-grandmother of three. She is relaxed and gentle, and the strength of the intimate bond between her and Moshe after 61 years of marriage is quite evident. … Read the rest online.
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