Daily Israel Report

Hareidi Woman from Mea Shearim on Jewish Home List

28-year-old activist from hareidi enclave is third on the Jewish Home list in Jerusalem.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/29/2013, 10:42 PM

Flyers for Jewish Home candidates
Flyers for Jewish Home candidates
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The Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party has published its list of candidates for the city elections in Jerusalem.

In first place is Dov Kalmanovich, an accountant and long-time activist on behalf of victims of terrorism who also works as a director for the development of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Kalmanovich was the first Israeli victim of the “First Intifada” wave of Arab attacks; he suffered serious injuries in a firebomb attack and remains badly scarred.

In second place is attorney Herzl Yechezkel of the Homat Shmuel neighborhood, who currently serves on the Jerusalem city council.

In third place is Racheli Eibenboim, a 28-year-old hareidi-religious woman from the neighborhood of Mea Shearim. Eibenboim currently directs Meir Panim – Koach Latet, an organization that provides food assistance to those in need.

One of the programs she created through the organization is a “credit card” that can be used only to purchase food items. The cards are distributed by city welfare workers.

Eibenboim has also been active in promoting programs to boost employment among hareidi women.

After being selected for the party list, she said, “I have been serving the public in various positions for many years now, through Meir Panim and other forums… I’m looking forward to serving the public in the Jerusalem City Council.”

Fourth on the list is 34-year-old Raz Kiel, a long-time political activist with the Jewish Home party, and before that, the Mafdal (National Religious Party). He has served as an advisor to then-Education Minister Gidon Saar and to Bayit Yehudi head Minister Naftali Bennett.

Kiel has a BA and Master’s degree from Bar Ilan University on the History of the Middle East, and writes a weekly column for the Matzav Haruach booklet.