Shirley Rausher

Shirley Rausher
Board Member

Ph.D. , NYU, 1970, Critical Thinking/Piaget

Ms.Ed. Brooklyn College, CUNY, 1966, Educ., Sociology

B.A., University of Toronto Canada, 1951  (Originally Canadian by birth, changed to US Citizenship when moved to NY)

3 sons, 3 grandsons

Presently live in Manhattan, NYC.

Teaching experience, Brooklyn College; NYC  Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY; Baruch College, CUNY;  NY Public Schools  Brooklyn, N.Y.

Board of Directors, NYCLU, 30 years, emerita presently

Traveled numerous times to Israel for personal and organizational reasons, beginning in the 1970’s.

Reconstructionist Synagogue, NYC

Board,  Meretz U.S.A /PPI,  2004-presently;  Participated in Symposium in Israel 2004 and other later date;  Service on Committees  (Nominating,  Internship in Israel interviews of potential candidates,  85th Birthday Dinner Tribute for Rabbi “Si” Dresner,  member of Janip)

Advocacy and Leadership:  Brit Tzedek v’Shalom,  4 years, Steering Committee NY Chapter, Chair Advocacy for NY., lobbying in NY, Albany and Washington, organized and coordinated districts in NY,

J Street,  Steering Committee,  Co-Chair of Advocacy, Lobbying and organizing  for NYC  Local ,  also in Washington, D.C., 4 years.

For both organizations, participated in Conferences in Washington and lobbying, as well as with legislators locally.

Presently concerned with recent years of Conservative, non-democratic movement in Israel. On my first visit to live for a month in Israel and travel with my family in the 1970s by rental car throughout Israel including guided introduction by Federation Director in Brooklyn to conference on Future of Israel, and, shopping as locals and living in northern suburb of Tel Aviv to Kibbutz, we were impressed by the socialistic/democratic aspect of the country, but concerned by threats to rising power of militant aspect after 6 Day War. Unfortunately, the emphasis on democracy for all citizens appears to have taken a back seat, and needs to be re-established. This is a major reason for my involvement with Meretz/PPI.