Miri Shalem is CEO of the Institute for Zionist Strategies and an activist for social change for women. Her activities in this field include organizing the national dance conference for Orthodox women and initiating a flashmob protest by Bet Shemesh women against gender segregation in the public space. She worked to establish a women's counseling center in Beit Shemesh, for which she won the Yaffa London Award in 2012. Prior to her current position, Miri was the Director of the Ramat Beit Shemesh Community Center where she was the founder and the chairperson of the city's Women's Council. Two years ago, she was one of the heads of the campaign of Eli Cohen, a mayoral candidate in Bet Shemesh. Miri is a board member at Kolech and Shaharit and a columnist for "Makor Rishon". She is also a member of President Reuven Rivlin's "Israeli hope" steering committee. She has a BA in Economics and Political Science and an MA in Gender Studies. Miri has lived in Beit Shemesh for almost twenty years and, despite the city's difficulties, reaffirms daily her choice to stay there and continue her activism. She is married and a mother of 4.
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