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Roundtable: Law and the Community: The Takana Forum

The Israel Democracy Institute | 4 Pinsker Street, Jerusalem

The activities of the Takana forum - a group of scholars, educators, and religious established to deal with complaints about sexual harassment by authority figures within the religious Zionist community - raise both theoretical and practical questions: What are the advantages and disadvantages of having internal community organizations that seek to enforce unique norms of behavior on members of the community? What conditions should be placed upon the activities of such organizations?

These questions were at the heart of an IDI George Shultz Roundtable discussion entitled "Law and the Community," which brought together academicians, experts in law, public servants, and representatives of the Takana Forum on May 10, 2010.

  • Mr. Yair Ettinger, Haaretz
  • Rabbi Avi Gisser, Rabbi of Ofra and member of the Takana Forum
  • Rabbi Itshak Levy, Project Director, The Israel Democracy Institute
  • Ms. Merav Michaeli
  • Adv. Raz Nizri, Senior Advisor to the Israeli Attorney General
  • Adv. Talia Sasson, Former Head of the State Prosecution Criminal Department
  • Prof. Yoram Shahar, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
  • Prof. Ron A. Shapira, President, Peres Academic Center
  • Mr. Yair Sheleg, Senior Researcher, The Israel Democracy Institute
  • Prof. Pinchas Shifman, The Academic Center for Law and Business
  • Rabbanit Yehudit Shilat, Chair, The Takana Forum
  • Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern, Vice President, The Israel Democracy Institute
  • Adv. Ayelet Wieder Cohen, Chair, Kolech - The Religious Women's Forum