Imagine for a moment a State of Israel in which parents can make
enough money to support their families with dignity, rather than
being denied their legally mandated wages; where public spaces are
easily accessible to individuals with disabilities, rather than offering
them a dead end. Imagine a Jewish State worthy of its name.
Bema’aglei Tzedek (“Circles of Justice”) does more than just imagine
a brighter future for Israeli society. It takes concrete action to achieve
its vision of a just Israeli society in accordance with the value of Tzedek
(social justice), as informed and inspired by Jewish tradition over the ages.
Bema’aglei Tzedek was established in 2004 by a group of young
and dynamic social activists who strongly believed that Jewish
tradition had much to contribute to the socioeconomic discourse in
Bema’aglei Tzedek operates various practical and educational
projects nationwide, which enable the public to change harmful and
illegitimate social norms through their everyday actions.
Our main project is the “social seal” - this certificate is awarded, free
of charge, to businesses which commit to basic social criteria: their
conditions of employment and the accessibility of their business to
people with disabilities. Correspondingly, Bema’aglei Tzedek appeals
to the public to patronize places that have this social seal.
For it’s continued efforts, Bema’aglei Tzedek won Ernst&Young’s
entrepreneur of the year award for 2007-8.