An Israeli kibbutz has changed its name to honor the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a weeklong tribute to the Jewish American judge.
Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet, or The Judge’s Heights, was founded in 1941 and is named after Julian Mack, 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.
Mack also served as president of the Zionist Organization of America.
The kibbutz in northern Israel said this week it was temporarily tweaking its name to Ramat Hashofetet. Hebrew is a gendered language and the change turns the word judge female.
Ginsburg died Friday at age 87 from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.
The kibbutz’ Facebook page was adorned with a banner of its new name beneath a picture of Ginsburg. “We salute Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933-2020 and are changing the kibbutz’ name for one week only,” the picture read.
Elad Tesler, a kibbutz member, wrote on Facebook that the idea came from kibbutz dwellers who were honoring “an American Supreme Court justice, a Jew, a champion of human rights in general and of women’s rights specifically. An inspiring, brave woman.”