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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 8 December, 2021
In these four sessions, Dr Heather L Munro will take you on a journey of discovery into the ultra-orthodox Jewish communities of Israel.
Beginning in Eastern Europe, we will explore the changes faced by religious Jewry before the World Wars, and the transformation of Jewish life in the Holy Land before and after the formation of the state of Israel. We will learn about the challenges faced in the first half-century of the Jewish state, and the ways in which ultra-orthodox Jews responded to change and modern life. We will especially focus on the question of gender and seek to understand what life is really like for ultra-orthodox Jewish women. Our journey will end with an investigation into contemporary issues for the ultra-orthodox Jewish community, from feminism to mandatory army service. What will the future hold for the ultra-orthodox Jews of Israel?
Participants will be given materials in advance to enrich their understandings of the topics covered in the course. In each session we will draw on a range of primary sources, including excerpts of interviews with ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel, newspaper articles and television reports, and statistics in the forms of graphs and charts produced by research institutes in Israel. We may also view short excerpts of films. Questions and comments will be encouraged, and group discussion will be a key feature of every session.
Heather L Munro recently completed her doctorate in Anthropology at Durham University. While there, she was also associated with the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society, and Politics. Her thesis is entitled Identity, Religion, and the State: Haredi Politics and Social Change in Israel. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Israel, it examines the relationship between the state and religion, and the formation of ultra-orthodox Jewish identity in resistance to secularism and nationalism. She is currently working on several short projects focussing on the ultra-orthodox Jewish experience of the pandemic, and ultra-orthodox Jewish attitudes towards public health mandates and vaccination.
An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Friday, repeating until 10 December, 2021