web analytics
April 19, 2015 / 30 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Rachel Azaria: Yerushalmim – Jerusalemites

Rachel Azaria

Rachel Azaria

“Jerushalmim” is the name of a political party, a rising star on the Jerusalem horizon. Rachel Azaria, an extraordinary woman, gave birth to this extraordinary party five years ago and became its representative in the Jerusalem City Council.

In last November’s elections Rachel Azaria became deputy mayor of Jerusalem and her party doubled its representation on the council, negotiating its way to key positions and portfolios, representing major aspects of the Israeli capital’s life.

Who is Rachel Azaria? Would you have guessed that this dynamo is a religious, 35-year-old woman, mother of four children, ranging in ages from ten years to eight months?

Rachel was born in Jerusalem and was educated in the National Religious school system. After serving in the Israeli army, she attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, specializing in psychology for her B. A. and in conflict resolution for her M. A. degree. As a student she was active in political causes, which eventually led her to enter politics. She was deeply involved in environmental activism, coupled with a passionate concern about issues of women’s rights in Halacha (Jewish law).

At an early age Rachel Azaria became the director of Mavoi Satum, an organization that advocates for the rights of women whose husbands have denied them a religious divorce.

In the summer of 2011, she led the “Imahot (Mothers)  Protest” in Jerusalem,  helping to bring free education for children aged three and up.

Rachel Azaria’s outspokenness and activism on behalf of young families and women rights is open knowledge. She has been at the forefront of the fight against the exclusion of women from the public sphere in Israel’s capital, and in Israeli society in general. An Orthodox feminist, she is not afraid to speak out against those who oppose her and her allies’ efforts to create a more tolerant, pluralistic Jerusalem.

“Every area pertaining to religion and state has been defined in recent years as a battle between secular and Haredi Jews. That has been the accepted view in Israeli society: Ultra-Orthodox and secular are the two camps, and they fight. Shabbat, kashrut, etc., all the battles have been portrayed in black and white, with everything seen as clear-cut,” remarks Rachel Azaria, hoping to see a change in attitudes. Orthodox Jewish feminist, fighter for women’s rights, activist for children’s excellent education, a deputy mayor who teaches tolerance and – a mother.

And one more distinction:  The publication Targum Shlishi in its recent study guide, Jewish Sages Of Today: Profiles of Extraordinary People, selected Rachel Azaria as one of its subjects!

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Rachel Azaria: Yerushalmim – Jerusalemites”

  1. I thought she was hank’s wife

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Said Arikat, al-Quds Washington, D.C. reporter. Jan. 29, 2015
More PA Lobbying from the State Dept Briefing Room
Latest Sections Stories
Lewis-041715-Jewish-Soldiers

During the Second World War, a million and a half Jewish soldiers fought in the Allied armies, the Partisan units in Eastern Europe, and the anti-fascist underground movements in Western Europe and North Africa. These Jewish fighters won over 200,000 medals and citations. The Museum of the Jewish Soldier in World War II in Latrun, […]

Jerusalem Heights Penthouse

The 2-day real estate event will take place in Brooklyn on April 26 and 27.

Schonfeld-logo1

She wasn’t paying attention to what the child did when the mother was not in the room. Rather, her main focus was on what the child did when the mother returned.

The Mets at least have hope for the future with some good young pitchers.

French thinkers of the Enlightenment were generally not pro-Semitic, to say the least.

My Jewish star was battered, indeed it was a wreck
But I picked it up anyway and put it around my neck
To know that hatred mangled it was surely very painful
But just the same to me it is still very beautiful.

A compulsion is a repetitive action. But what underlies the compulsion is an obsession or fear.

When any student in the building is in danger of failing, the equivalent of tornado warning sirens should wail around the school.

It goes without saying that when it comes to your kids, safety is always your number one priority.

After the last of Austria’s Jews were murdered, Albert confiscated whatever Jewish property remained.

How can you expect people who go through such gehenom to even know how to give warmth and love?

More Articles from Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson
Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson

In 1756, when the ominous threat of Islamic terror against Jews reached Tunis as well, Friha became one of its tragic victims.

Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte was a nine-year-old girl when Islamic militants launched an assault on a Lebanese military base and destroyed her home.

This led to a shouting match between the judges and what could have been the end of the show.

In 1939, Chuchill challenged the common notion that Jewish immigration to Palestine uprooted Arabs

Her cherished plan to take the Hebrew theater group Habimah to Eretz Yisrael was not greeted with enthusiasm by the actors.

“Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples shall divide within you.”

Michal had never been away from home. And now, she was going so far away, for so long – an entire year!

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/jewess-press/impact-women-history/rachel-azaria-yerushalmim-jerusalemites/2014/02/07/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: