#SheShinesLight on Project Kesher: The Power of “She”
Our Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation grantee spotlight now turns to Project Kesher in Israel, specifically, the stories of Rabbi Olya Weinstein and Margarita Slavkin.
After making aliyah from Ukraine in 1995, Margarita (Rita) became a proud graduate of Project Kesher Israel’s (PKI) Leadership Training Program. With a graduate degree in mechanical engineering, Rita wanted to see more women represented in her industry in positions of power. Thanks to her experiences with PKI leadership training, in 2016 she developed a program to support the advancement of women engineers, and has gone on to become a civic leader in her municipality who is especially attentive to the needs of other immigrants, like herself.
Rita tells us, “Rabbi Olya Weinstein, the Executive Director of Project Kesher in Israel, who has been fighting for women’s equality and rights…introducing thousands of women through the Project Kesher network to such critical issues as the state and religion in Israel, fighting racism, preventing gender violence, and many more.”
Rabbi Weinstein tells us, “Both on a personal, and a professional level, I’m thrilled to be an activist in gender equality, and preventing gender violence. These topics, as well as many others, that we raise in Project Kesher Israel, are so critical for everyone, but even more so for Russian-speaking immigrants in Israel. I would like to thank Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation for their support of PKI in design, and implementation, of our leadership programs, in the field of preventing gender violence and women’s empowerment.”
Together, Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation and women like Rabbi Weinstein, as well as Margarita, embody the power of “She”.
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