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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


"A Haredi woman was chosen to light a torch on Mount Herzl.

A Haredi woman, Racheli Ganot, was chosen to light a torch at Israel's 70th Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl [1] in honor of her activities to promote Haredi women in the high-tech sector.

Ganot was born in 1977 in Bnei Brak and works toward integrating Haredi women into the [predominantly] 'masculine' and 'secular' fields. She is a prominent figure in the employment revolution that is taking place within the Haredi sector; She is the owner and CEO of the high-tech company ReachUp, trains women in the skills they need to succeed in today’s workplace, creates a suitable environment for them and encourages them to enter the workforce.

The Ministry of Culture announced that as part of her activities, Ganot expresses a combination of preserving the unique heritage of the Haredi public and renewing its involvement in Israeli society, alongside an overall effort to promote innovative technology among young women in Israel.

In recent years, Haredi women lit torches at Mount Herzl every year. Last year it was Miri Erenthal of the ‘Zichron Menachem’ organization [2]."

– Kikar Hashabat

0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] The ceremonial ‘lighting of the torches’ which is the main event of the official ceremony of Israel’s Independence Day. Prominent and outstanding figures from all parts of Israeli society are chosen each year to light one of the twelve torches, which represents the twelve Biblical tribes of the nation of Israel.
[2] An organization dedicated to the well being of young cancer patients and their families.

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