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Trends in Israeli Society: The Surprising Rise of Ultra-Orthodox Feminism
June 13, 2019 , 11:30 pm
Co-Sponsored by Jewish Center Women
It’s 2019 in the Start-up Nation, but women struggle for suffrage, like 1919. A woman was Prime Minister, but women are forced to sit in the back of the bus. Challenges to Israel’s ‘progressive’ nature are often blamed on its rapidly growing Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) sector, an insular politically powerful minority misaligned with Israeli secular culture. Now, a brave outspoken haredi feminist movement is emerging to challenge traditional norms from within. With multiple forces and transformations at play, will it lead to integration or extremism?
Tanya Zion-Waldoks is a gender scholar, feminist activist and mother of four – intertwined callings. Her research examines intersections of religion, gender, and politics, with a focus on women’s social movements. Currently a post-doctoral Rothschild fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion, Tanya will join the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s School of Education later this year. Her current project is a comparative study of religious feminisms in Israel.
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