Many readers will recall the visit in March 2019 of Orly Erez-Likhovski, from the Progressive Movement’s Israel Religious Action Center. Below is an update reporting IRAC’s huge impact in correcting many of the social and religious ills affecting life in Israel over the last year.
Every year, just before Sukkot, the Israel’s Supreme Court justices choose the central rulings from the past year; the court hears thousands of cases every year, and the judges highlight the most significant decisions that they have made. The judges chose to highlight 26 decisions related to constitutional law. Of those, 4 are cases that IRAC led (and won).
We fight hard for our cases, and pour all of our efforts and focus into each one. This list recognizes our role in shaping the judicial agenda in Israel and pushing Israel to live up to its values.
Our cases that the justices chose were:
Disqualification of Kahanist Candidates
Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence
Banning Modesty Signs in Beit Shemesh
These victories could not have happened without you. Reading about how much these cases had an impact on the Supreme Court justices and Israeli law made us even more mindful and appreciative of the partnership we share and the impact it has made. This new Jewish year will bring us back to court many more times, whether it is advocating for the rights of our movement; against racist rabbis and racial incitement; on behalf of the rights of women and the LGBT community; and more. As we look ahead, the publication of this list from the court reaffirms our commitment to the work we do every day.
May we go from strength to strength in the upcoming new year,
Noa Sattath, Director, Israel Religious Action Centre