Anat Hoffman became Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) in April 2002, leading IRAC in its work to promote Jewish pluralism, tolerance, and equality, and to combat racism, corruption, and religious coercion. During Anat’s tenure, IRAC’s mission was expanded beyond the courts and the Knesset to engage in helping people directly through social action.
Born in Jerusalem, Anat was an Israeli swimming champion in her teens. After her army service, she pursued a B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles, followed by graduate studies at Bar Ilan University. Anat was a founding member of Women of the Wall and has served on the boards of the Israel Women’s Network, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and many other Israeli organizations for social change. In recent years, Anat has become a sought-after lecturer, addressing audiences in Israel and in the United States on subjects close to her heart: social justice, religious pluralism, Jewish-Arab coexistence, and equal rights for women and minorities.