Shula Keshet

Activist Type
Human Rights

Shula Keshet, a prominent Mizrahi feminist, activist, artist, writer, and curator residing in South Tel Aviv-Jaffa, is deeply engaged in various social movements, advocating tirelessly for justice for marginalized groups in Israel. She actively opposes the deportation of asylum seekers, fights against gentrification, and addresses environmental concerns stemming from the area's large bus station. Through organizing demonstrations, protests, public meetings, and cultural events, Keshet fosters dialogue and action. As a founding member of the Mizrahi feminist group "Achoti – For Women in Israel," she established the first community center in Southern Tel Aviv-Jaffa and served as editor-in-chief of Achoti Press, reporting on social issues. Keshet's identity shapes her activism and art, evident in exhibitions like "Black Labor," showcasing the work of diverse women artists, and "Women Creating Change," featuring portraits of feminist activists. She founded the Libi BaMizrach festival, celebrating Mizrahi culture, and serves as a city council member. Recognized for her contributions, Keshet has received prestigious awards, including the Bellush Israeli Feminist Award (2011), the Yeshayahu Leibowitz Award (2014), and the Emile Greenzwieg Human Rights Award (2019).

Artwork by
Jennie Soccio

Shula’s likeness is composed of the Audre Lorde quote, ‘there is no liberation without community,’ acknowledging the Black feminist leaders that influence Mizrahi feminism. The quote is also a nod to her curated art exhibitions that bring diverse women together. The portrait honors Shula by interpreting her unique art style, which is guided by her religion and home.


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May 14, 1948
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