Join AFHU as they proudly present this webinar in partnership with The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and the Melton Institute at the Hebrew University invite you to join Dr. Tanya Zion-Waldoks for a talk on the emergence of a revolutionary feminist movement within Israel’s Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) community. A highly conservative, illiberal, and relatively insular religious community committed to upholding strict gender roles, Haredi society in Israel has been shaped in recent decades by profound political, economic, and social changes. Gender relations are a central point of contention and transformation within the Ultra-Orthodox community, affecting Haredi society and its interactions with Israel at large. Feminist Haredi activists, invested in championing women’s rights while remaining within a conformist society and conservative tradition, push for the reimagination of individual lives, communal structures, and Israeli society.

1 PM ET | 12 PM CT | 10 AM PT

Dr. Tanya Zion-Waldoks, Assistant Professor at the Seymour Fox School of Education at Hebrew University, is a gender scholar, feminist activist, and mother of four. Tanya is fascinated by the intersection of religion, gender, and politics, with a focus on education and social change. Current research explores feminist activism and women’s political subjectivities in religious communities or traditional contexts in Israel, examined through qualitative studies with a comparative lens. In addition, she explores issues of gender equality in education and anti-racist activism in Israel. Her upcoming book on Religious-Zionist Feminism in Israel, co-authored with Dr. Ronit Irshai, will be published soon by Brandeis University Press. Her work has been published in leading journals such as Gender & Society, Signs, and AJS Review. Tanya received her PhD from Bar-Ilan’s Gender Studies program, a Kreitman and Israel Institute post-doctoral fellowship at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a Rothschild and ISF postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Culture, Society and Religion, Princeton University.

This online event is co-sponsored by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Melton Institute at the Hebrew University.