Pressing Feminist Agendas: New Reports from the Field

Launch Event for NASHIM Issue 37

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021, 12:30-2:00 pm EST

Register here. Zoom links will be sent via email at least one day prior to the event.

HBI is delighted to launch Issue 37, dedicated to the study of Jewish feminist ethnographies.

Opening remarks

Lisa Fishbayn Joffe
Renée Levine Melammed
Vanessa Ochs, Guest editor of Nashim Issue 37


The “Vulnerable Hero” and His Wife: PTSD and the Shifting Dynamics of Gender and Care in Contemporary Israel
Keren Friedman-Peleg   

Keren Friedman-Peleg, a senior lecturer in the School of Behavioral Science at the College of Management - Academic Studies, Israel. After obtaining her Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University, she was a visiting scholar at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting assistant professor at UC Berkeley. She has published several articles on security-related trauma and socio-political questions of national belonging and inequality. Her book, PTSD and the Politics of Trauma in Israel: A Nation on on the Couch  (Hebrew, Magnes Press, 2014) and (English, University of Toronto Press, 2017)

“They Must Join Us, There is No Other Way”: Haredi Activism, the Battle Against Sexual Violence, and the Reworking of Rabbinic Accountability
Michal Kravel-Tovi

Michal Kravel-Tovi,  an associate professor of socio-cultural anthropology at Tel Aviv University. She is the author of When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel (Columbia University Press, 2017, 2020) and co-editor of Taking Stock: Cultures of Enumeration in Contemporary Jewish Life (with Deborah Dash Moore; Indiana University Press, 2016). 

Milk Sisters: Forging Sisterhood at Kohenet’s Hebrew Priestess Institute
Cara Rock-Singer

Cara Rock-Singer is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is affiliated with the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, the Holtz Center for Science and Technology and the Department for Gender and Women’s Studies.

Interview with Joan Roth
Judith Margolis

Joan Roth’s photographs have been published, exhibited and collected worldwide, starting in the 1970s. The work featured in Nashim was previously published in her book Jewish Women: A world of Tradition and Change (Jolen Press, 1995). 

Judith Margolis is an Israel-based American artist/essayist who has been Art Editor and regular contributor to Nashim since its inception.


Lisa Fishbayn Joffe