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Men-Only Show Sparks Boycott Call

Jewish pluralism and women’s rights groups are up in arms over a series of presentations featuring only men to be held at the Israeli town of Petah Tikva’s municipal cultural center. In a letter to Petah Tikva’s Mayor Yitzhak Ohayon, the groups said they would boycott the center unless he ensured that women appear in the series.

The center’s schedule of events shows the series of all-male lecturers and performers under the name “the Jewish Experience,” and states that it includes four shows with appearances by 27 men, and no women.

Among those appearing are the linguist Dr. Avshalom Kor, journalists Jackie Levy, Kobi Ariel, Shaul Maizlish and Yedidya Meir, and musicians Yishai Lapidot, Kobi Oz and Ariel Zilber.

In a letter to Ohayon, the heads of the protesting organizations wrote: “We were very surprised to discover that the cultural center is offering a subscription to a series from which women are completely excluded.”

For more, go to Haaretz.com

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