Rachel Azaria, a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership Cohort 18, was elected in 2015 to the Israel Knesset as a member of the Kulanu party. She is a member of the Knesset committees for finance; internal affairs and environment; ethics; and arrangements.
MK Rachel Azaria holds a BA in psychology and an MA in conflict resolution, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previous to her studies at Mandel she served as the CEO of Mavoi Satum, a non-profit organization helping women denied a get (Jewish divorce) by their husbands. After graduating from Mandel she was elected to the Jerusalem City Council as a member of the Yerushalmim party, of which she was a founder and served as its chair. During her time as a city councilor she held the early childhood education and community councils portfolios and during her second term she was a deputy mayor and held both the education and women’s rights portfolios. Upon election to the Knesset she left her seat on the city council. An active leader of the struggle against the exclusion of women from the Israeli public sphere, Rachel has gained international recognition as a leading Orthodox Jewish feminist.