Lishma’s Policy Program is operated by Lishma in partnership with the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (“IDC”). The Program teaches both practical and theoretical aspects of policy change processes, provides professional tools and practical hands-on experience, while fostering personal development and the enhancement of systemic management abilities to propel solutions for social challenges. 

Mission Statement:

Creating a cadre of accomplished Haredi women who will have the motivation and tools necessary to successfully initiate and drive social policy change processes, resulting in social projects improving Haredi communities’ quality of life, and influencing the social-civic arena in Israel.

The Need:

There is a core of successful professional Haredi women, with the potential to contribute substantially, professionally and systemically to the social-civic arena. However, these women, generally do not promote social agendas or initiative community projects because they lack exposure to or experience with social activism. By creating a joint platform, provision of professional tools, and instilling in them values of social responsibility and involvement, Lishma leverages this valuable human resource for the benefit of the Haredi community and society.


Achieving knowledge

To deliver knowledge, tools, and expertise to institute, direct, and implement social policy change processes

Personal professional

development of participants

Creating a Community

To foster a passion for social activism in a cadre of Haredi executive women who will operate from a perspective of social responsibly and involvement, a joint vision and motivation to benefit the community and society

Target Population:

The target population is Israeli Haredi women who hold high-ranking professional positions and/or are influential in the local or pubic arena, and experienced in advancing policy change processes and significant social activity.

Work Model:

The program operates on three main axes:

The Study Axis:

Academic/professional knowledge along with practical experience directing change processes

ציר התנסות

התנסות פעילה בהובלת תהליכי שינוי לאתגרים חברתיים נבחרים.

Group Axis:

Creating a cadre of women that shares values and objectives, constitutes a platform for personal professional development and growth, and jointly promotes solutions for the needs of the Haredi community and society

Personal Axis:

Professional development, enhancement of personal strengths/realized capabilities

Program alumni join the Lishma Network to continue to advance solutions for social challenges, from a feeling of shared social responsibly, mutuality and networking.

The Training Program:

The full-year training program combines study units and hands-on experience, according to a methodology of both practical and theoretical aspects of policy change processes. The study is dynamic and proactive, providing for a deep and rich learning experience. The main topics deal with public policy, social change policy processes data and models, entrepreneurship, strategy and innovation, managing partnerships and collaborations, communication skills, negotiation, work plans, and policy papers

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