Her Life and Work

Shadmi was born and raised in Tel Aviv as a member of a manual labor family. She studied at the Tchhernichovsky Aleph High School and in Ironi D. She was in Hashomer Hatza'ir and later in the United Movement, and as a teenager she often visited the Mapam club in Dizengoff, which later became Tzavta. In these places she absorbed and internalized the ideas of the socialist left, and from there she left for the left-wing demonstrations especially in support of Israeli Arabs and against the military government. She served in the army in the settlement of Ketziot and Kibbutz Revivim.

Received a BA in Hebrew Language and Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew University. Later on, she moved to study for a master's degree and then moved to the social sciences. She earned a master's degree in business administration and labor relations from the University of Minnesota. A few years later she received a Fulbright Scholarship from outstanding professionals and returned to the University of Minnesota where she attended a social leadership seminar and learned about American society and culture. She completed her doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Criminology at the Hebrew University under the guidance of Prof. Menachem Amir and Prof. Raphael Bielski on Public Supervision of Police in a Free Society. She received her doctorate in 1990. This was the first doctorate written in Israel on the police and the Israel Police in particular.

In 1970, when she studied communications, she enlisted as an officer in the Israel Police as editor of the Hebrew publications. She was the first woman in the police command and control course during which she studied for a year at the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty, including police assistant, head of education and information department, head of the manpower planning department. "Police Mirror" and "Police and Society" magazine, worked as assistant head of planning and organization, which became the planning department, and in the history department of the Israel Police, she wrote two history books of the Israel Police, During the period between 1974 and 1958. She resigned from the police after her critical attitude toward the police developed After completing her doctorate she studied for two years as a free listener at the Hebrew University's Women's Studies Department, in order to establish her knowledge systematically.

After her discharge from the police she began an academic career and political public activity.

Public Activity

When she left the police in 1990, Erela Shadmi joined women in black, where she was active for many years. Together with Yvonne Deutsch, she founded the Voice of Women - Feminist Center in Jerusalem. She has been active in feminist conferences and the Coalition of Women for Peace. Together with Orit Livnin-Degani, she founded the Fifth Mother Movement - a women's peace movement. One of the movement's main slogans is "war is not our language"; Dialogue is a realistic possibility at any time and in every situation. The movement was built to grasp its origins on the values ​​of motherhood and the assumption that security is also conditioned by the security of the other side and vice versa. Shadmi is also active in my sister - the Mizrahi women's movement. She frequently spoke in public and published articles on her identity as an Ashkenazi, in which she emphasized the racism towards Mizrahim and the oppression by the Ashkenazi establishment. As Ashkenaziya demanded of itself and other Ashkenazim to take responsibility for oppressing the Mizrahim (to back the struggle of the Mizrahim against oppression, to ensure their appearance on public platforms, etc.) as much as it expected men to take responsibility for oppressing women and Israelis would take responsibility for oppressing Palestinians.

She initiated and was a staff member of the first international conference of Women in Black, held in Jerusalem in 1994. She initiated and was a member of the organization of the "Links Conference" held in Shlomi in 2003. Today, a network of local frameworks for housing and employment of poor mothers and elderly women is being established. Member of the Board of Directors B'Tselem and the Truth Committee, the first organization established in Israel, to investigate the events of the Nakba in the Negev between 1960 and 1948, established by Zochrot.

Shadmi has been working since 2004 to increase the visibility and development of models of anarchist-matriarchal life built on a network of small communities based on a sustainable economy, the giving economy and the equal and inclusive heritage of the matriarchy as viable alternatives to global capitalism. Shadmi is part of an international network of researchers and activists from the global and western South who are engaged in research on the economy of giving that has been rooted in past and present matriarchal and matriarchal societies. It works to establish a network of matriarchal communities in Israel for housing and employment for impoverished mothers and elderly and their families.

Academic Activity

Upon her early retirement from the police, she joined a new undergraduate program that was established by retired Major General Yehoshua Caspi for Criminology and Law Enforcement at the Beit Berl College in cooperation with the Open University of Israel. And others who did not have a high school diploma or a psychometric exam to complete a bachelor's degree, taught at the Ben-Gurion University for several years and taught at the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in the Department of Women's Studies.

With the establishment of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Beit Berl College by Dr. Vicky Shiran, she joined Shadmi from the moment the program was established and was forced to accept the chairmanship of the program following the unexpected death of Dr. Shiran. Shadmi tried to build an alternative academic environment in which the students, most of them female full-time and mother-of-the-mill positions, who would come to school one day a week, could receive a BA in Open University with a specialization in women's studies within four years. To this end, Shafey Shadmi and the teaching staff aspire to create a supportive, personal and friendly atmosphere, to make the studies accessible to all, and to build a multicultural program in which Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, Palestinian, LGBT, Russian and more are represented.

Together with Prof. Delilah Amir, she initiated the first national conference on women's studies that was held at Tel Aviv University in 1994. Every year she organized an academic conference at Beit Berl College in memory of Dr. Vicki Shiran, who dealt with feminist issues, Women, the responsibility of the hegemonic to the oppression.

Shadmi initiated the establishment of the undergraduate program in cooperation with the Open University for community organizing and has taught there since its establishment. The program, the first of its kind in Israel, is intended for social and community activists.

First Books

In 2007 her book "Thinking Woman: Feminism and Feminism in a Male Society" was published. This is a book that tries to be a kind of interim report on the status of women and feminism in Israel after some 35 years of feminist activity, which attempts to present in detail what radical feminism is and what its potential contribution is. In particular, feminism deals primarily with the power relations between the sexes that are the basis for all other power relations, based on the experiences of women in history and derives from the legacy of women and calls for its use today to change the world's order This heritage is essentially egalitarian and by definition includes men as well And other gender groups - another aspect that Demi raises in her book - Feminism has succeeded in building a vast network of organizations and activities and has succeeded in influencing the public discourse, but all in all it concludes that apart from a small group of women whose condition has improved, most women have not changed in Israel and the world.

The book is composed of impressive lists, essays and essays, each standing in its own right, creating a single mask that aims to describe and criticize Israeli society from a radical feminist perspective. Among the themes of the book: the responsibility of society, the community and the state for violence against men, women and men violence as a product of the intention of men to harm and exploit women; A discussion of the Coalition of Women for Peace captured in the dilemma between the local and the global; The writer's personal journey to recognition of her Ashkenazim; Lesbianism and pornography; And a critical position on democracy which, in my opinion, is based on the granting of rights and freedoms to a few based on the oppression and exploitation of others (women, Mizrahim and Palestinians or colonies and communities outside the country). Shadmi's conclusion is that democracy is not the proper and proper regime. Following her book, she was invited to lecture at many conferences


In 2005, a book entitled "Sappho in the Holy Land: Lesbian Existence and Dilemmas in Contemporary Israel" was published together with Prof. Hava Frankfurt-Nachmias of the University of Wisconsin, who describes and represents the first period of the lesbian struggle in Israel in the years 1970-2000. The book describes experiences and insights that lesbians had during this period. Among the subjects of the book: lesbian community history and the lesbian organization in Israel (Chaya Shalom), the experience of a lesbian Orthodox, a lesbian in a kibbutz (Nurit Barkai), lesbian clubs in the eighties (Amalia Ziv), lesbian orientalism (Pnina Mutzafi-Haler) Which was suppressed by radical feminism, the discourse of civil rights and queer theory (Shadmi). The book also includes an enlightening introduction to the process of collecting and editing the material, which, among other things, reveals lesser known characteristics of the lesbian community in Israel.