Episode 101: The Women's War Room

Israel has been at war with Hamas for nearly a month. Israeli and Palestinian casualties are devastating–and mounting. In Israel, women are on the front lines of a major grassroots mobilization: providing emergency relief to a country in crisis. An army of volunteers of all ages and genders has stepped in to organize clothing, food, and housing for displaced Israelis; students and therapists are working with traumatized kids; and programmers are building apps to connect people with services. Many of these efforts have emerged from organizations that originally formed to protest the Netanyahu government's proposed judicial reforms. They’ve now shifted gears to respond to the current crisis in Israel. In this episode, we speak with Lee Hoffman Agiv, Field Operations Manager of the feminist organization Bonot Alternativa (Building an Alternative), who’s coordinating efforts from Bonot’s “war room.”

Released November 2, 2023
  • Lee Hoffman Agiv of Bonot Alternativa. Credit: Roni Lahav. 

  • Preschool class for evacuated Israeli children in a local hotel, created by Bonot Alternativa. Credit: Roni Lahav. 

  • Supplies for evacuees collected and distributed by Bonot Alternativa. Credit: Roni Lahav. 

  • Lee Hoffman Agiv
  • Preschool started by Bonot Alternativa in Hotel
  • Supplies for evacuees collected by Bonot Alternativa


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 101: The Women's War Room." (Viewed on May 23, 2024) <http://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/episode-101-womens-war-room>.