LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: PROFESSOR ALICE SHALVI – Educator, feminist activist, social advocate and professor emerita of English literature, was born in Essen, Germany, in 1926. In 1934, together with her family, she emigrated to England, where she received her education, graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1947 and from the London School of Economics in 1949.
In November 1949 she emigrated to Israel, where she taught in the Department of English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from January 1950 until October 1990, during which period she also held various administrative positions at the university, and received her Ph.D. in 1962. From 1975-1990 she served as principal of Pelech, a unique progressive high school for religious girls. From 1984 to 2000 she was the founding chairwoman of the Israel Women’s Network, an organization dedicated to advancing the status of women in Israel, which became Israel’s major advocacy group on women’s issues. She has been an active and leading figure in a variety of social movements, peace and inter-religious dialogues and feminist activities, in both establishment and non-governmental frameworks.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary degrees from a number of institutions of higher education such as Brown University, the Weizman Institute of Science, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
In 2007 she was awarded the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievements in the areas of education, social welfare and human rights.