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Ultra-Orthodox Women Through Social and Legal Lenses

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Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building; Room 399

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Princeton, NJ 08544

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This 1-day conference will apply a structured, academic lens toward ultra-Orthodox women’s lives with an eye toward improving social policy.

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Contemporary glimpses into the ultra-orthodox Jewish community have often been filtered through a series of misleading narratives generated and exacerbated by strong emotional sentiments and misguided intuitions, based on little direct scientific observation. Especially skewed are perceptions of ultra-orthodox women, which range from romanticized views of them as sublime and pure to harsh criticism toward the alleged oppression under which they live. The purpose of this conference is to apply a structured, academic lens toward ultra-orthodox women’s lives and experience to forge a body of knowledge that can help policy-makers better understand the needs of this community and ultimately increase its prosperity and well-being.

The conference is intended for academics from a wide variety of disciplines as well as for philanthropic organizations interested in engagement with the ultra-Orthodox community.

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10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

Panel I – The Haredi community in USA and Israel: Education and Feminism

  • Moshe Krakowski: Women and Education within the American Haredi community
  • Jessica Roda: Between private and public negotiations when the theological discourse on gender and sexuality is challenged from within
  • Rivka Neriya Ben Shaher: Negotiating agency: Amish and ultra-Orthodox women’s responses to the internet

11:40 a.m. Coffee break

12:00 noon Panel II – Feminism Tension in Work and Life

  • Michal Frenkel: With God on their side: Gender-religiosity intersectionality and Jewish ultra-Orthodox women’s striving for organizational work-family arrangements
  • Tanya Zion-Waldoks: The emergence of Haredi feminism in Israel: Snapshots of a hurtling train
  • Nechumi Yaffe: Mate preference, Torah learning in the Haredi community as maintaining the balance of powers
  • Gilad Milach: Integrating the ultra-Orthodox into the labor market: Women first?

1:30 p.m. Lunch (available only for pre-registered attendees)

3:00 p.m. Panel III – Legal Lenses on Haredi Women in Israel

  • Yoram Danziger: Israeli Supreme Court decisions regarding gender equality and their ramifications for ultra-Orthodox women
  • Yifat Bitton: Is the Israeli legal system structured to protect Haredi women’s human rights?
  • Avinoam Cohen: Betwixt and Between: Ultra-Orthodox women and the right to be elected

This one-day symposium is co-sponsored by Princeton’s Program in Judaic Studies, the University Center for Human Values, the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy, and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies; as well as the Israel Institute.

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