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Featuring Yael Yechieli-Persico
Jewish scholar and activist for freedom of religion in Israel, former Director of the Department of Democracy and the Department of Freedom of Religion in NIF/Shatil
The tension between religion and state has long been an inherent part of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. Judging from the past, it appears this tension is becoming a core electoral issue. Trends suggest many are feeling emboldened to address this lack of separation between religion and state. Join us for a conversation with the brilliant Israeli activist and scholar, Yael Yechieli-Persico, to learn about current challenges to religious freedom in Israel, some significant success stories, the work that remains to be done, and what to expect in this uncertain ongoing election period.
Yael is a Jerusalemite and dedicated activist for freedom of religion in Israel. For the last 20 years she’s been part of the Israeli “Jewish Renaissance” teaching Talmud and Jewish thought. She is one of the founders of Havaya, an Israeli organization and NIF grantee facilitating alternative Jewish life ceremonies, including alternative Jewish weddings. Yael is a member of the Ramot Zion Congregation in Jerusalem and a life-long activist for freedom of religion in Israel.
Event is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
This event is co-sponsored by the Values in Action Committee.
Questions? Contact Marlene Thier: mthier@berkeley.edu