Adina Bar-Shalom

Ashoka Fellow
Israel
Fellow Since 2010
This description of Adina Bar-Shalom's work was prepared when Adina Bar-Shalom was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Introduction
If information is power, knowledge is a pivotal personal and social asset, and education is an essential gateway for economic, political, and developmental progress. The integration of the several large ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities within wider Israeli society—henceforth “the ultra-Orthodox community”—in terms of education, employment, obligations and contributions, and general mutual acceptance, is one of the toughest faced by the state and the community. By creating the first structure in which ultra-Orthodox women (and recently, men) are able acquire academic qualifications and professional skills in harmony with their identities and traditions, Adina Bar-Shalom is not only contributing to their economic well-being, but also opening a door to inclusion and improved status within larger society.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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