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Israeli Kibbutz Changes Name to Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Israel has not had a new kibbutz in over 20 years, but it now has a kibbutz named after the late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (of blessed memory).... at least for the next week. The Notorious RBG - as Bader Ginsburg is known - is not to be confused with the Notorious DBG, as this tour guide of Israel has been calling our late Prime Minister David Ben Gurion for years.

The kibbutz, Ramat HaShofet, "the hill of the judge," has now changed its name to the feminine form - Shofetet - to become Ramat HaShofetet. It was originally named for Julian Mack, a "co-founder of the law review at Harvard Law School and an early supporter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union." It should not be confused with the nearby Kibbutz Ein HaShofet - "the spring of the judge" - which is named after former US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Brandeis was the first [male] Jewish US Supreme Court justice while Bader Ginsburg was the first female Jewish justice on the court. At least for the next week they are honored together.

If you would like to see where the kibbutz is located (between Megiddo and Mount Carmel), talk to me - your Israel guide - about a trip to Israel.

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