Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg
Shira was an officer in the IDF and received her BA and MA in cultural anthropology from the Hebrew University.
Grant Officer, Jewish Pluralism Pool, New Israel Fund
Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg serves as the grant officer for the New Israel Fund's Jewish Pluralism Pool. Previously, she served as the Religious Pluralism Project coordinator at Shatil, NIF’s Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change Organizations in Israel. Her work to promote Jewish pluralism and freedom of religion in Israel focuses on assisting three target populations: the general public (secular, Reform, Conservative, etc.), the liberal Orthodox public and immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Born and raised in a liberal Orthodox family in Jerusalem, Shira was an officer in the IDF and received her BA and MA in cultural anthropology from the Hebrew University. She worked for five years in the Knesset Research and Information Center, focusing on education and culture. She is a founding member of Hakhel, an Orthodox egalitarian congregation in Jerusalem. She is married and a mother of three.