Israel’s Judicial Selection Committee appointed Bais Yaakov graduate Chavi Toker as a justice in Yerushalayim’s Magistrate’s Court, making her the country’s first female chareidi judge.
Toker was born in England 41 years ago and raised with 12 siblings in Bnei Brak. She is the daughter-in-law of the late Rav Nachman Toker, a former rosh yeshiva of Yerushalayim’s Givat Mordechai Chevron Yeshiva.
In August 2016, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told Chadrei Chareidim that she would advance the appointment of chareidi judges in a process of reverse discrimination but emphasized she would not appoint someone merely because he or she is chareidi.
Meanwhile, Arab Judge Khaled Kabub withdrew his candidacy to the Supreme Court, explaining that his chances were nil because Israel generally has only one Arab on the Supreme Court and Christian Arab George Kara was elected last year.
Had Kabub persisted, he could have been Israel’s first Supreme Court judge from the Muslim sector.