Bema’aglei Tzedek is now training young women who have recently graduated from high school and are doing a year of national service (sherut leumi) to play essential roles in the organization, allowing them to branch out in exciting new directions. For four hours a week, 15-20 sherut leumi women lead Bema’aglei Tzedek’s wheelchair accessibility tours, distribute Braille menus to Tav Chevrati restaurants, and train employees of those restaurants to be more sensitive to the needs of customers with disabilities. This is possible thanks to a partnership with Bat-Ami, a major service provider in the national service world.
They have also initiated a similarly exciting partnership with the photography department of Beit Minshar, an art school in Tel Aviv. This semester, the photography department is offering a mandatory class on photography and social change, which was developed together with Bema’aglei Tzedek. After hearing several lectures by Bema’aglei Tzedek staff and educators, each student will produce a final project related to one of the social justice issues discussed in the course. At the end of the semester, there will be an exhibit of the final projects.