Successful Women of Israel

stories featuring Israel's successful women

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InspHERation: Heli Jacobs Virt – CEO of Bina Yetera & Director at Yoda’at College for Business Sustainability

Success Heli Jacobs

How does a girl who grows up without a father and is sexually abused as a teen, go on to become a successful business women teaching confidence and business sustainability?

Heli Jacobs Virt, lost her father in the Yom Kippur War, when she was just a year old. Since then she’s grown to become a successful businesswoman. She is the CEO of Bina Yetera and Director at Yoda’at College for Business Sustainability, helping women and businesses meet their strategic goals. I met with Heli to discuss her thoughts on confidence, failure and success and feminism.

If you lack confidence – create it

As a girl and as a teen, Heli lacked confidence. It might have something to do with losing her father in war, it might have something to do with being sexually abused as a teenager. What’s for sure, is that even though Heli’s mother, and her father’s parents and siblings, and even her stepfather, did their best to imbue Heli with confidence, internally she still felt unconfident.

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Modesty: The Trouble Isn’t With Women

Two days ago a woman was stoned because some boy decided she was dressed immodestly. This type of behaviour shouldn’t surprise us when there is an overall acceptance for the fact that women’s modesty is men’s business.

Two days ago a woman was “lightly injured” after a boy threw a rock at her for dressing “immodestly.” And while violence against women and girls for immodest dress is not new, I don’t think we can be angry at the Ultra-Orthodox for this deviant behaviour. We need to be angry with ourselves and we need to be doing something about it.

Modesty and Women in Modern Israel

In the modern state of Israel, women are in fact autonomous beings. But even in this day and age there are still issues of modesty that come up again and again.

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7 Things I Learned From Writing 69 Things Israel’s Successful Women Love About Their Country

Two days before I was supposed to publish my weekly blog post, a crazy idea became lodged in my mind: for Israel’s 69th birthday, find out what 69 successful women love about Israel. I had no idea how I’d meet my objective in two days, but I ran with it.

The post did NOT take two days to produce. It took close to 69 hours in 6 days. And without the love, support, and  encouragement of my family and friends, it would have never happened.  

My secret weapons in producing this post were my husband and children, who encouraged me to no end, served me food and drink at my desk and made close to zero demands on my time; Vered Cohen Barzilay who opened magical doors, offered incredible insight and offered so much support and encouragement; Ruth Ebenstein who ceaselessly opened doors and offered much needed support; and Orly Izhaki and Miri Bar Natan who acted as my sounding boards and encouraged me to let my post take its first breaths.

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69 Things Israel’s Successful Women Love About Their Country

In the words of Hadas Shtaif, “every person needs a home and every nation needs to have a country and a land; a place to feel safe and to which to have a sense of belonging.”

During the entire year we may act like misbehaving siblings, fighting to belong, fighting for our place in the family or for more resources or recognition. But on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence day, it all stops. For 24 hours we stop to take pride in the beautiful home that we’ve built, and to honour those who through hard work and perseverance have achieved goals and have furthered our society, making our home better.

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InspHERation: Yiska Oppenheim – Marketing Strategist & Director of Emunah’s Business Club

What makes a hard-core religious kibbutznik leave the kibbutz to become the director of an all-women religious business club?

Yiska Oppenheim, left the kibbutz way of life to become a successful marketing strategist. She is behind the popular Israeli Facebook group Datiot Iskiot Medabrot [Religious Businesswomen Speak Out] and the director of Emunah Jerusalem’s Business Club. I met up with her to discuss her journey from kibbutz life to city life and the impact she’s having on religious female business owners.

The Kibbutz  –  a source of tension and growth

Yiska is second-generation kibbutz born. Her four grandparents made aliyah to the kibbutz from Italy.

But for Yiska, kibbutz life was complex.

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