Established in 2021, The Kiverstein Prize is awarded to a woman or women who have made a significant contribution to the feminist arena in Jerusalem and who serve as a role-model through their principled activity, energy and commitment. The Kiverstein Institute wishes to both support the work of the many women currently working for justice and the advancement of women and to pay homage to some of the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
In 2022 the Kiverstein Prize was awarded to three women who were ground-breakers in promoting feminist interests in the Jerusalem Municipal Council
Rising Star Prize
The Kiverstein Prize 2022 for a Jerusalem Woman Change-Maker is awarded to Yael Yechieli for her ground-breaking work in promoting equality for women in government. Her commitment to creating the conditions for women to run for office and to be elected has been demonstrated over a number of years and in many positions she has held, including in the JCC in Palo Alto, in Shatil and with the New Israel Fund. Her most recent project, the 50:50 initiative, has had unprecedented success in raising awareness of the low representation of women at all levels of government in Israel and in Jerusalem in particular. We bestow the prize on Yael in appreciation of her tireless efforts to help Jerusalem become a more egalitarian and inclusive society.
Rising Star Prize
The Kiverstein Prize 2022 for a Jerusalem Woman Change-Maker is awarded to Pnina Pfeuffer, outreach coordinator for the ultra-Orthodox community and CEO at Yad Levi Eshkol and CEO of The New Haredim. Pnina has made unparalleled steps to bridging the gaps between the Haredi community and civil society in Jerusalem and in encouraging Haredi women to engage in municipal politics. She made history as the first Haredi woman to run for the Jerusalem City Council. She describes herself as a Haredi feminist, which some would suggest is an oxymoron but which she says is the essence of her work, with her feet planted firmly both in the Haredi community and in the feminist camp.
She is awarded the Kiverstein Prize in recognition of her fearless determination to build bridges and overcome prejudice.
Professor Naomi Hazan is the recipient of the Kiverstein Prize for Life-time Achievement, 2022. Professor Hazan, Professor Emeritus in Political Science and African Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Dean of Studies at The Academic College of Tel Aviv’s Social Science Department is a champion of women’s rights in academia, in the political arena and in society.
She has been a guest lecturer at MIT, at Harvard University and in other prestigious academic institutions around the world. She has published 8 books and numerous academic articles.
Her contribution to feminism in Israel includes her work with Shavot, the Center for Gender Studies at the Van Leer Institute.
She is one of the most admired and influential feminist figures in the country, advocating tirelessly and fiercely for women. In the knesset, she was known for her integrity. She ran for mayor of Jerusalem and although she was not elected, her candidacy as a woman paved the way for others. Bestowing the prize on her is a small way of acknowledging her ongoing contribution to women’s rights and the feminist agenda.
In 2021, the Kiverstein Prize was awarded to two women who were ground-breakers in bringing feminist values into the field of education
Roni Hazon Weiss, the Principal of Shacharit High School in the Gonenim neighborhood, is a leading feminist activist and influencer in Jerusalem. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Institute for Democratic Education and a Master's degree in gender studies from the Schechter Institute. She was educated and taught at Givat Gonen High School, where she integrated gender studies into the curriculum for both male and female students. Roni is one of the leaders in the campaigns to prevent the exclusion of women’s images from the city’s public space – on buses and billboards – and for women’s autonomy in immersion in mikvahs.
In short, she is a true rising-star among the women community-builders in Jerusalem.
The Kiverstein Prize
for Life-time Achievement
פרופ‘ אליס שלוי
Professor Alice Shalvi
An icon of Israel’s feminist movement. An educator, activist and one of the giants who cultivated generations of feminist scholars and activists. Alice was born in 1926 in Essen, Germany. In 1934 she emigrated with her family to England, and in 1949 came to Israel. In 1966 she received a doctorate in English literature and served as a senior lecturer and researcher at Ben Gurion University and the Hebrew University. He also served as rector of the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies. In 1975, Professor Shalvi volunteered to run the Pelech Religious High School for Girls in the Baka neighborhood, which was in danger of closing. Alice made radical changes, implementing open education, which puts the students at the centre. She ran the school in the spirit of religious feminism and Pelech became one of the first schools to advocate for democratic education. In 1984, she founded the Women's Lobby in Israel, under whose leadership she worked to make the issue of the status of women central to public debate in Israel. In addition to promoting women's rights, Professor Shalvi has worked for years to advance other social goals. She was one of the leaders in the campaign for the separation of religion and state, for the promotion of Jewish pluralism in Israel, was a prominent activist in the field of human rights, and worked tirelessly advocating for education and welfare. Alongside all this, she has been active continuously since the 1980s to promote dialogue and peace between Jews and Arabs.