Dr. Galit Shaul- CEO of the Rackman Center
Galit is a lawyer by training and holds a Ph.D. in criminology from the L.U.de.S. University of Human Sciences and Technology of Lugano (Switzerland). In the past she held various positions in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Services, among them: director of volunteer services in the northern region and consultant to the deputy director general of the Ministry. In her most recent position Galit was director of volunteer services at the Ministry.
Galit's vision is to advance and strengthen the status of women in Israeli society, through legislation and through court cases, aiming to prevent gender discrimination and amending family law, along with instilling the value of volunteering amongst the different groups of people living in Israel in order to create community resilience and to enhance social solidarity.
Adv. Adi Raz - Head of the Legal Aid Clinic
Adi earned her L.L.B. at The College of Management and did her legal internship in one of Israel's most prominent family law offices. For four intensive years she worked in a family law office and became highly specialized and professional, both through her daily work and the many cases she represented and through the many professional training programs in which she participated. She recently gained an LLM in Law and Mediation at Bar Ilan University.
Adv. Osnat Karplus- Head of the Legal Aid Clinicand responsible for the legal aid clinic hotline
Osnat earned her LLB from Netanya Academic College. Osnat began her career in criminal law and then spent five years working in personal status and family law before joining the Rackman Center.
Prof. Ruth Halperin- Kaddari- Founding Head of the Rackman Center
Ruth is a senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University's Law School in Feminist Jurisprudence and Bioethics, and a member of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). A graduate of Yale Law School under a Fulbright Scholarship, Professor Kaddari is co-founder of Kolech - the Religious Women's Forum and the Israeli Association for Gender and Feminist Studies and serves on the board and on the legal advisory committees of a wide range of women's organizations in Israel. She was awarded the U.S. State Department's International Woman of Courage Award and is a former Vice-President of UN CEDAW Committee and remains an active member this year. She was selected as Woman of the year 2011 by the esteemed legal publication, ‘HaPraklitim’
Adv. Shay Zilberberg- Lawyer in the Legal Aid Clinic
Shay earned his LLB from Bar-Ilan University. Shay did his internship in the Legal aid Clinic and continues working at the Rackman Center as a certified lawyer.
Adv. Keren Horowitz- Head of Legislation and Public Policy
Keren earned her L.L.B. in Law from Tel Aviv University and a master's degree (B.Sc) in Computer Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Keren did her legal internship at the Ehud Shiloni law office and worked several years as a lawyer specializing in labor law at the Herzog Fox and Neeman law office. Keren participates regularly in various Knesset committees including the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women and the Children's Rights Committee. In her work, Keren promotes bills and amendments in family law.
Keren views the law as an important tool to bring about social change and to promote women in Israeli societ
Mina Goren- Logistic Manager
Mina earned her teaching certificate from “Seminar L’morim”. In the past Mina worked at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as a psychotechnical examiner. Mina then worked for 25 years at the Institute of Productivity as Director of Human Resources, Training and Welfare. At the Ministry of Social Affairs and Services she served as the Supervisor of the National Service employees and Manager of “Shil”, a national consulting service.
Mina believes in promoting the status of women in Israeli society and the importance of accessibility of information regarding the rights entitled to women pertaining to family law.
Adv. Osnat Prinz- Director of the Legal Aidi Clinic for Women
Osnat holds a law degree from Shaarei Mishpat College and a BA in history and literature from Bar-Ilan University. Osnat did her legal internship at the Yair Green Law Office and worked nine years in a law firm, which included working on personal status cases. Printz’s work in the clinic includes providing free legal aid to women through the center’s hotline and representing women in both the civil and rabbinical courts.
Osnat sees great importance in helping women when they need it most. Additionally she believes that the fact that Rackman Center is both a center providing legal aid and a part of academia contributes greatly to both her and the law students that take part in the legal aid clinic.
Gilit Inbar-Kimchi - Responsible for the EU Project
Leading the EU Project run by the Rackman Center: Realizing Women’s Human Rights and Access to Justice in Family Law in Israel. Gilit runs the volunteer training course as part of this project as well as the volunteer scheme to provide support for women going through divorce.
Gilit graduated with a BA degree in behavioral sciences focusing on economics and management and a master's degree (M.B.A) in Business Administration from Ben Gurion University.
Gilit is very involved in group facilitation, and is a graduate of the group facilitation graduate program in conjunction with Arts at Bar Ilan University.
For many years Gilit worked towards strengthening and empowering women and took part in setting up volunteer networks for new mothers as part of the national program "Mother to mother in the community" from Oranim College.
Gilit believes in supporting and empowering women in general, and in particular during times of crisis as leverage for opportunity and growth.
Deborah Dickson - Responsible for International Relations and development for The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center.
Deborah earned her BA in History from University College London and made aliya with her family in 2006. She has worked in various Jewish charities in the U.K. and joined The Rackman Center in 2008.
Deborah has always had a strong interest in feminism and equality for women and her role in The Rackman Center more than fulfils her beliefs and enables her to play a real part in making legal and social changes for women in Israel a reality.
Rachely Degany- Conferences and Events Coordinator
Rachely is a second year student in law school at Bar Ilan University, in addition to shortened study program for a master's degree in political studies.
She did national service in Sharei Tzedek hospital and as a counselor in highschool.
Rachely sees the importance of the public service made by Rackman Center and is happy to be part of the activity to promote women's right in Israel.
Liad Rozinkovich-"Hadin Ve'HaDayan" Coordinator
Manages the publication of the rabbinical rulings on family matters, at the Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women.
Liad is a law and political science student at Bar Ilan University. She served in the Foreign Ministry.
Liad sees great importance in the work of the Rackman Center in various fields.
Miri Bernstein - Attorney at the Unit for the Promotion of Public Policy and Legislation.
Miri earned her LLB (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University and her MA in Gender Studies with honors from Bar Ilan University.
She worked as a private sector lawyer in the civil-commercial sector.
Adi Goldberger- Coordinator of the Legal Aid Clinic
Adi is a law student at Bar-Ilan University. She served in the Prime Minister's Office as part of the National Service.
Gill Shmuel - Hotline Coordinator
She is a law student and receiving an MA inphilosophy from Bar-Ilan University.
In the past, she volunteered at a shelter for abused women in her neighborhood, and has always advocated gender equality.
Gill sees great importance in the work of the Rackman Center, both in the legal aspect and in its intrinsic value.
Nitzan Hazan - Coordinator of the Legal Aid Clinic
Nitzan is a law student at Bar-Ilan University.
She served in the army as an officer in a variety of operational positions, and believes that by empowering women we will achieve equality.
Chemdat Kav - New-media Coordinator
As part of her job, she is responsible for managing the content of the Center's website in English, and for preventing defamation against it in the cyberspace.
Chemdat is a law student from Bar Ilan University. She is involved in a number of social initiatives: Editor of content on the "Leoran" website – an online database of religious women's role models; founder of "Schyot Chemdat", designing jewelry as a present for events for the underprivileged. She did national service as a journalist in the magazine "Meoravut Chevratit".
Chemdat sees the importance in taking part in legal action to advance the status of women. She believes raising awareness about family rights will contribute to the empowerment of women in society.
Lior Bar-Levi - Social Media Coordinator
Lior is a law student at Bar-Ilan University.
Prior to her military service, she studied at the "Lindenbaum" Midrasha and then served as an air control officer in the air force.
Lior sees great importance in the center's activities and is happy to take part in promoting his goals.
Avia Ickovics - Hotline Coordinator
Second year law student at Bar Ian University.
Studied in Brovenders Seminary in Jerusalem before serving in the Israeli Air Force as a mission coordinator. Holds Rackman's center activity to be important and crucial in promoting women's rights in Israel.