1. “Adva Center is a non-partisan, action-oriented Israeli policy analysis center. It was founded in 1991 by activists from three social movements: the movement for equality for Mizrahi Jews, the feminist movement, and the movement for equal rights for Arab citizens”1).

“As people often ask the meaning of the phrase “action-oriented policy analysis center,” we will anticipate the question by explaining that “action” describes one half of our program and “policy analysis” the other half.

  1. The heart of our work is advocacy for policy changes that favor disadvantaged groups in Israel. This we do by offering consultations for advocacy organizations, Cabinet members and legislators; by organizing coalitions for social change; by testifying at public forums and giving media interviews; and by an extensive popular education program that brings progressive social ideas to a wide variety of audiences, from cleaning workers to senior executives. We also operate a hotline for health rights, targeted at low-income persons, in conjunction with Israel Physicians for Human Rights. In 2004, our popular education program conducted an average of 2 seminars a week for between 20 and 200 persons from a variety of agencies and organizations, including government ministries, hospitals, schoolteachers, youth groups, and solo mom groups.
  2. If the heart of Adva's work is advocacy and popular education, the head is policy analysis. Much of this work is done in the framework of the National Budget Analysis Program, under which the draft budget is analyzed annually in real time for its implications for disadvantaged social groups in particular and Israeli society in general; an annual workshop is conducted for legislators right at the Knesset; and budget workshops are organized for civil society organizations throughout Israel. Another dimension of this work is reflected in the policy analyses published in various issues of The Israel Equality Monitor andannual updates on educational achievements, wages and tax policy. This part of the Adva program provides the underpinnings not only for the advocacy and popular education work of the Adva Center, but also for the advocacy work of a wide variety of other social justice organizations in Israel”2).


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  • Website : Adva has a website that hosts an average of 1,000 visits a day, where Adva Center reports and other important information can be viewed or downloaded free of charge:
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  • “In recognition of the work of the Adva Center, Dr. Shlomo Swirski, academic director, was awarded the Naftaly Prize in Economics and Social Science for 2005 by the municipality of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa. The award committee was comprised of two well-known economists (one a recipient of the Israel Prize in Economics) and a sociologist: Professors Ariel Rubenstein and Ephriam Zadka and Dr. Ariana Kemp. The first paragraph of the judges' rationale for making the award reads: “For many years now, Dr. Shlomo Swirski, Barbara Swirski and the people of the AdvaCenter have been bringing systematic and well-analyzed socio-economic findings to the attention of the public. They have been asking Israeli society to look at itself from a critical socio-economic perspective that is “outside the mainstream.” In their activities, one finds a sincere aspiration not only to study and to understand, but also to promote social justice and equality in Israeli society.””3)

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  • “At Adva, the work is not done by a staff of 50, as many Israelis surmise, but by a staff of less than 10, and a number of very dedicated volunteers”4).


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