“No2Violence” was established in 1977 in Herzliya, in order to save women and children suffering from domestic violence, enabling them to break away and start a new life by providing them with shelter, professional help, vocational training, legal aid and by raising awareness about domestic violence.
No2Violence‘s main activity is the management and operation of 3 shelters for abused women and their children.
No2Violence has several 24/7 emergency hotlines run by volunteers, and the legal unit, managing the legal proceedings for women in the shelters and providing legal advice for women who are domestic violence victims but not entitled to legal aid.
No2Violence hosts lectures, seminars and workshops, within and outside the shelter for various organizations, such as the IDF, high school students, police officers, medical personnel, women’s groups, students and others.
Over the years, No2Violence has managed to save the lives of many women and revolutionize domestic violence awareness in Israeli society.
To date, the organization has provided services for approximately 6,000 women and 8,500 children.
No2Violence operates 24/7 emergency hotlines for women and children in distress at 1-800-353-300
Vardit is an experienced Executive Director in the nonprofit organizations and in the social sector. Previously was the CEO of Bekol – the organization of Hard Of Hearing People in Israel.
Vardit is an authorized director and holds a Master degree in Management of Healthcare Systems (MHA), from the University of Ben Gurion.
Merav Shoval Tzafoni
Merav is the Director of the Department of Legal Services for No to Violence. She has held this position since 2004. She specializes in family law and provides legal advice to the women residents of our shelters. She also represents them in divorce proceedings in the civil Family Court and the Rabbinical Court.
Ronit Ben Yitzhak
Ronit, assistant to the CEO of the association, has a degree in educational counseling from Tel Aviv University.
In her previous position, she served as the assistant to the CEO of an education network. She has experience in managing and leading projects. ‘LifeDance’ instructor, a fitness method based on the purity of dance intended for every woman, regardless of who she is, and even volunteered classes for women at risk.
Ronit has been volunteering for years helping Holocaust survivors and lonely citizens.
Board of Directors
Recipient of the Israel Prize for her life’s achievements, Ruth has been a leading activist for women’s rights and social justice in Israel.
Her activities have raised the public’s awareness to the phenomenon of domestic violence and violence in general, which have led to a positive change in the status of women in Israel’s society, as well as assisting government agencies to improve their services in the struggle against violence. Ruth was a pioneer in the Feminist Movement and the organizations which she established were paramount in the struggle for equal rights for women and the disadvantaged.
Ruth founded No to Violence in 1977 and has published many articles on the subject of domestic violence. Ruth is a member of the Herzlia City Council for four terms. She is a writer, poet and translator.
Social worker and social activist for about 40 years. In 1979 she was one of the founders of the ALI Association – the Association for Child Protection – and served for many years as the association’s chairperson.
In 2003, she joined the management of Vizo, served as the chair of the division for the status of women at Vizo, and was later elected the chairperson of Vizo Israel.
Over the years, she has worked to promote social and gender equality in Israeli society, among other things, in legislation, the fight against domestic violence, education and the empowerment of girls and women for political and social leadership, and she has led public struggles to raise public awareness of gender equality.
She served as the chairman of the Council of Women’s Organizations in Israel and today serves as the vice president of ICJW – World Council of Jewish Women’s Organizations. In parallel with her social activities, she worked for 30 years at Bezeq, establishing and managing welfare services for employees and retirees.
Upon completion of her position at Vizo, in 2019, she joined the executive board of the L.A. association. for violence against women.
Ed Freedman, Attorney
Ed joined the Board of Directors of No to Violence in 1978, and currently serves as the organization’s Treasurer and legal adviser. He is the Vice President of European Golden Oldies Rugby
Retired judge, volunteering at the shelter for about two years. She retired in 2018 from her position as a judge at the National Labor Court, after 11 years of service at the National Labor Court, and a total of about 28 years in which she held various positions in the labor court system.
In the years immediately preceding her appointment as a judge at the National Court, she served as president of the Regional Labor Court in Jerusalem. In the more distant past, she served as a senior assistant to the Attorney General.
After her retirement, she focuses on working in various fields of society and law.
Rivka Ben Arzi
Rivka has been a financial manager for 13 years with an “Imut” company. From 1993 she was finance director and administrator for the Shiram Company. She is also a graphologist and is director of the Graphology Department at Shiram. She is a volunteer with the City of Herzlia for community projects.
Ofra is a deputy mayor for Herzlia, holding the Sports portfolio, and she is the chairperson for the “Sons of Herzlia”.
She also holds the Foreign Affairs portfolio which includes cooperation with Sister Cities around the world. Ofra’s duties include hosting youth delegations, and she is responsible for public relations with the diplomatic community.
Gili has been a hotline volunteer with No2Violence since 2008. She is the coordinator for the duty roster for the volunteers, providing service 24/7. She owns a family business in the import and marketing of food and coffee.
Professor Meir Teichman
With a degree in clinical psychology, Meir is Professor Emeritus of Psychology from Tel Aviv University’s Bob Shappel School of Social Work where he was Department Head. He began his volunteer work at the shelter for battered women three decades ago. For many years, together with Ruth Rasnic, founder of the shelter, Meir ran a weekly therapy group for the shelter’s residents.
Maya is the head of municipal opposition of Herzelya.
Former Deputy Mayor and a memeber of city council.
In 2017, Maya was chosen by the Forbes Magazine, as the 38th most influencial young figures in Israel. A member of the Board of Directors of No to Vioelnce since 2016.
Bat Sheva Streichler
Bat Sheva joined the Board of Directors in 2000. In 1997 she joined the Board of The Women’s Network of Israel. She founded and is the Executive Director of the Friends of this organization.
She produced the book, “Mekadmot Shivyon”, 30 years of the Network. Bat Sheva is a board member and chairperson of the Scholarship Committee of the The Commercial and Industrial Business Club, as well as a board member of the Yiddishspiel Theater.
She is an appointee by the Minister of Welfare to the Gender Equality Forum. Previously Bat Sheva was the director of the “Tiltan” organization. She was the Executive Secretary of the Women’s Council of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and was an advisor to local city councils for raising the status of women.
Lea Gora, Attorney
Leah is an attorney specializing in family, estate and civil law, including litigation.
Besides serving on the No to Violence Board of Directors, she is also a member of several boards for social welfare organizations. Leah is a long-time resident of Herzlia.
Aya Prishkolnik is the deputy mayor and holds the Education portfolio and the Women portfolio. Served in several positions: Chairman of the Board of Parents’ House, Chairman of the Education Committee, Child Rights, Suicide Prevention and Student Scholarships.
Served as principal of the Bartov elementary school in Ra’anana for 20 years.
As the holder of the Women portfolio, she worked extensively in cooperation with the Women’s Administration to help and raise awareness of women in the city. As part of the administration, a variety of solutions are provided, starting with financial, mental and legal assistance. In addition, many educational programs and values were introduced on the topic of violence against women with an emphasis on girls. The programs began from kindergarten to high schools.
During the 10 years in which she was part of the Education portfolio, a breakthrough was achieved and an innovative ‘EACH’ program was started and the students’ achievements increased significantly.
The main focus is introducing values and preventing violence in our districts.
Doron Sapir, Attorney
Born in Tel Aviv, member of the Bar Association since 1987.
In the past, he served for 15 years as an active member of the association’s executive committee, and in April 2023 he resumed his activity in the association.