A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community

 

A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community

Dr. Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar

 

Between 2012 and 2017 I conducted an anthropological study among women of the Old Order Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The study included participant observations, in-depth interviews, and distribution of questionnaires. I spent eight stretches of time on the farm of an Amish family, participating as much as possible in their daily activities. A personal relationship marked by openness and trust evolved between the family and me. One reason for this was our special bond as people with religious beliefs. They were respectful and appreciative of the fact that as a religious Jew I observed the Sabbath and the dietary rules of kashrut.

 

I took part in most housekeeping chores, especially washing dishes and folding laundry. Since the Old Order Amish are forbidden to drive or own a car, I often drove the women of the family, and sometimes female neighbors and friends as well. I was invited to an end-of-school picnic, to church, to youth groups – and I was asked to teach the children at the local school the Hebrew alphabet.

 

In the course of my observations, I accompanied the mother of the family for the duration of one day, starting at 4:15, when she gets up to prepare meals, until 22:00, when she goes to sleep.  My lecture offers a look at the intensive routine that I observed and in which I participated, and attempts to sketch an outline toward analysis and conclusion. So – how does it look – an Amish woman’s daily schedule? Dozens of pictures from the farm’s life, kitchen, and garden will take you to a different world, where the laundry takes four hours and schedules are determined by the harvest.

 

 

 

CV

 

January 2018

Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications:

Dr. Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar, PhD

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Name Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar
Home address

 

13/44 Gideon St.
Tel: +972-52-5292958
Institute/Affiliation Address Sapir Academic College

D.N. Hof Ashkelon, Israel 79165

E-mail Rivka.nbs@gmail.com

Current Position:       Senior lecturer, The Department of Mass Communication, Sapir Academic College.

 

EDUCATION

Bar-Ilan University, Department of Social Work, magna cum laude.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Journalism and Communication.

Thesis: Images of Women in the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Press.

Advisors: Prof. Shoshana Blum-Kulka and Prof. Yoram Peri.

  The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Journalism and Communication.

Dissertation: Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Women and Mass Media in Israel – Exposure Patterns and Reading Strategies.

Advisors: Prof. Tamar El-Or and Prof. Yehiel Limor.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship: The Interdisciplinary Program for Gender Studies, Bar Ilan University
Post-Doc 2011-2012 Scholar in Residence, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2017). Negotiating agency: Amish and Ultra-Orthodox women’s responses to new media. New Media and Society. 19(1), 81-95. http://nms.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/06/07/1461444816649920.abstract

DOI: 10.1177/1461444816649920 SJR Communication: Q1.

  1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2017). The medium is the danger: Discourse about television among Amish and Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) women. Journal of Media and Religion, 16(1), 27-38. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15348423.2017.1274590. DOI: 10.1080/15348423.2017.1274590 SJR Religious Studies: Q2.
  2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2015). “At Amen meals it’s me and God” – Religion and gender: A new Jewish women’s ritual. Contemporary Jewry, 35. 153-172. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12397-015-9132-7. DOI 10.1007/s12397-015-9132-7. SJR Religious Studies: Q1.
  3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. & Lev-On A. (2011). Gender, religion and new media: Attitudes and behaviours related to the internet among Ultra-Orthodox women employed in computerized environments.International Journal of Communication, 5, 875-895. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/843/566. SJR Communication 2012: Q3.
  4. Lev-On, A. and Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2011). A forum of their own: Views about the internet among Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women who browse designated closed forums. First Monday, 16 http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3228/2859 SJR Human-Computer Interaction 2012: Q2.
  5. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2009). The learners’ society: Continuity and change in characteristics of education and employment among Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) women. Sociological Papers, 14, 1-15. http://www.socpapers.org/sp2009/sp2009-1.pdf

 

 

Hebrew Articles:

  1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2015). Being the wife of a Torah scholar. Heker Hahevra Ha’Haredit, 2. 169-192. http://www.haredisociety.org/uploads/files/719444545621651956-להיות-אישה-של-תלמיד-חכם-נריה-בן-שחר.pdf
  2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2014). Women’s creation and renewal of religious rituals: A strategy for addressing their marginality in traditional societies. Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 24. 257-281. http://in.bgu.ac.il/bgi/iyunim/Pages/24.aspx
  3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. & Lev-On A. (2013). Open spaces? Perceptions of the internet among Ultra-Orthodox women working in computerized environments. Megamot, 49. 272-306. https://www.megamot-journal.org.il/Subscribe.aspx?i=719&c=54
  4. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2011). Women’s images in the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) press: 1948-2008. Kesher, 41. 88-100. http://humanities1.tau.ac.il/shalom_rosenfeld/images/41-heb/רבקה_נריה_בן_שחר41.pdf
  5. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. & Lev-On A. (2009). Forum of their own: Studying discussion forums of Ultra-Orthodox women online.” Misgarot Media, 4. 67-106. http://www.isracom.org.il/.upload/MF4-067-105-LEVON.pdf

 

Submitted for publication/under review/revised and resubmitted

  1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (Submitted). “This has nothing to do with feminism”: How a seemingly innocuous Jewish women’s ritual has sparked male opposition in Israel.

 

Book Reviews in Scientific Journals

  1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2015). Lee Cahaner, Nicola Yozegof-Aurbach and Arnon Sofer: The Ultra-Orthodox in Israel: Space, society and communication. Haifa: The Haikin Katedra, Haifa University (2012). Israeli Sociology, 17. 171-173. (Hebrew).
  2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2014). Yohai Hakak, Young men in Israeli Haredi yeshiva education: The scholar’s enclave in unrest. Leiden and Boston: Brill (2012). Israeli Sociology, 15. 460-462. (Hebrew).
  3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2014). Yoel Finkelman, Strictly kosher reading: Popular literature and the condition of contemporary orthodoxy. Boston: Academic Studies Press (2011). Israeli Sociology, 16. 211-213. (Hebrew).
  4. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2011). Nurit Stadler, Yeshiva fundamentalism: Piety, gender and resistance in the Ultra-Orthodox world. New York: New York University Press (2008). Israeli Sociology, 13. 214-217 (Hebrew).

 

Book Chapters

  1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. & Lev-On A. (2012). To browse, or not to browse? Third person effect among Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women, in regards to the perceived danger of the internet. In P.H. Cheong, J.N. Martin, & L. Macfadyen (Eds.). New Media and Intercultural Communication (pp. 223-236). New York: Peter Lang.

 

In Hebrew:

  1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (In press). Radio exposure patterns in the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel. In Y. Limor and I. Mann (Eds.). Radio in Israel. Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi.
  2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (In press). The permitted and the forbidden in communication consumption among Ultra-Orthodox women. In S. Tikochinsky (Ed.). The Lithuanian yeshiva and its connection to the public sphere in Israel. Jerusalem: Van Leer Institute.
  3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2012). “Some outlooks are not our own, but if I happen to see one I’ll look at it from time to time”: Self-definition of Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) women according to patterns of exposure to the Haredi press. In K. Caplan and N. Stadler (Eds.). From survival to consolidation: Changes in Israeli Haredi society and its scholarly study (pp. 137-161). Jerusalem: Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

 

Other Articles:

  1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2017). “Answering amen: Amen meals in the new age”. Deot, 80, 13-18. (Hebrew)
  2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2016). “Amen meals are so feminine”: Women’s creation and renewal of rituals. Mayim Medallio, 27, 121-151.
  3. 3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2005). A court of their own: The image of religious Jews on commercial television in Israel. In: Present and absent during prime time: Cultural diversity in commercial television broadcasting in Israel – A follow-up study. Jerusalem: Second Authority for Television and Radio. (Hebrew)

 

In Progress:

  1. “Some people do that, but they are not supposed to”: Amish and Ultra-Orthodox women’s perceptions toward the prohibited-allowed sphere. Article in progress.
  2. “Negotiating time and space: Old Order Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women practice liquid modernities” Monograph in progress.

 

RESEARCH AWARDS AND GRANTS

2018 Scholar in Residence, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University.
2017 Snowden Fellow, The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College.
2017 Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture grant.
2017 Research grant, Sapir Academic College
2016 Research grant, Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, for the project: The capabilities divide: Three cases for understanding gaps in ICT use. (With prof. Amit Shejter and Dr. Avi Marciano).
2016 Research grant, Sapir Academic College
2015 The Feminist Division of the International Communication Association Award
2015 Research grant, Sapir Academic College
2014 Nahum Goldmann Fellowship for Jewish Communal Leadership
2014 Research grant, Sapir Academic College
2013 Summer Fellowship at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University
2013 Second Authority for Television and Radio research grant for the project: Consumption of Mass Media among Old Order Amish Women and Ultra-Orthodox Women: A Comparative Study
2013 Research grant, Sapir Academic College
2012 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University Research grant for the project:
The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective
2011-2012 Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Scholar in Residence, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University

2011-2012 Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture grant
2010 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Interdisciplinary Program for Gender Studies, Bar Ilan

University

2006-2008 Cherrick Doctoral Fellowship, Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2006-2008 Doctoral Fellowship, Ariel University Center
2007 European Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for German Studies in Vienna
2007 Second Authority for Television and Radio research grant
2007 Jewish National Fund research grant
2006 Minerva Center for Human Rights research grant, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2006 Israel Association of University Women research grant
2006 Silbert Center for Israel Studies research grant, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2006 Naamat (International Movement of Zionist Women) research grant
2005 Shaine research grant, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2005 Eshkol research grant, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2004 Lafer Grant for Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2000-2001 Shaine research grant, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTATIONS

Invited Keynote Addresses

 

2017 “Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet”, The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies and the Department of Women and Gender Studies, Youngstown State University. (Youngstown, Ohio).
2017 “Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to New Media” Snowden Lecture, Elizabethtown College. (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania).
2017 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” Lecture at Elizabethtown College. (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania).
2017 “Amen Meals: New Age ritual in Contemporary Israel”. Jewish Spirituality and New Age in Israel, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem.
2017 “Women Leaders at Amen Meals”. Women as Spiritual Leaders. Schocken Institute for Jewish Research, Jerusalem.
2016 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” Hillel and The Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Minnesota. (Minneapolis, Minnesota).
2015 “National Religious Women in Israel.” The Israel Democracy Institute.
2014 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” The Feminist Forum, Sapir Academic College.
2014 “The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among Amish Women.” Seminar on Gender, Culture, Religion and Law. Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University. (Waltham, Massachusetts).
2013 “The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among Ultra-Orthodox Women and Amish Women.” The Colloquium of The Program in Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University.
2013 “To be a Torah Scholar’s Wife: Ultra-Orthodox women’s discourse about their lives in Israeli Haredi Society.” Lecture at Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.
2013 “The Mass Communication in the Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel.” Lecture at Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem.
2012 “The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among Ultra-Orthodox Women and Amish Women.” Media’s Issues, The Department of Mass Communication, Ben Gurion University.

 

 

2012 “The Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel.” Ultra-Orthodox Society and Israeli Society: Civil Dilemmas. The Third Annual Conference for Civics Teachers in the State-Religious Education System.
2012 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Scholars’ Seminar, Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts).
2012 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” Hadassah-Brandeis Institute public event at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, a Modern Orthodox Synagogue (Newton, Massachusetts).
2012 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” Boston Jewish feminist discussion group. Jewish Women’s Archive (Boston, Massachusetts).
2012 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” Board meeting of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
2012 “Gender Issues in Israeli Jewish Society.” Five-part lecture series at the Department of Hebrew, Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts).
2011 “To be a Torah scholar’s Wife: Ultra-Orthodox women’s discourse about their lives in Israeli Haredi Society.” The Colloquium of the Program in Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University.
2009 “Open Spaces? Perceptions of the Internet among Ultra-Orthodox Women Working in Computerized Environments.” Netvision Institute for Internet Studies, Tel Aviv University.
2005 “The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” Lafer Center for Women and Gender Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Conference Presentations (peer reviewed)

“To Be a Torah Scholar’s Wife: Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Discourse About Their Lives in Israeli Haredi Society.” Ways of Remembering, Ways of Forgetting: Diasporas In and Out Israel. GDRI SAJ, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, CRFJ, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
“Negotiating Agency: Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet.” The 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Negotiating Agency: Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet.” Continuity and Change: 50 Years of Amish Society. The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

 

“Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to New Media”: The Feminist Perspective. International Communication Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to New Media”: The Israeli Communication Association Conference, The Open University, Ra’anana, Israel.
“The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among the Old Order Amish Women.” Media and Religion: The Global View Conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
“The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” The Fifth Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Spiritualties, Tel Aviv University.
“The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among the Old Order Amish Women.” Amish America: Plain Technology in a Cyber World. The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
“A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” Annual Meeting of the Israeli Anthropological Association, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
“The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among the Old Order Amish Women.” Israel Association for Communication Conference, Bar-Ilan University.
“Saying Without Saying: Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Discourse.” International Conference on Ultra-Orthodoxy: Between Modernity and Post-Modernity. Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
“The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective” – Paper delivered at the International Workshop on New Understandings of Gender, Love and the Jewish Family, Jerusalem: Van Leer Institute.
“Saying Without Saying: Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Discourse.” The AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) 42nd Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
“A Forum of Their Own: Views About the Internet among Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women who Browse Designated Closed Forums.” The Eastern Communication Association meeting, Baltimore, MD. (Presented by Dr. Azi Lev-On).
“A Forum of Their Own: Views about the Internet among Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women Who Browse Designated Closed Forums.” International Conference on Gender, Religion, and Society, Bar-Ilan University (with Dr. Azi Lev-On).
2009 Hamodia [newspaper] is 99.” Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem (with Prof. Y. Limor).
2009

 

“Censorship in the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Press.” Israel Association of Language and Society Studies Conference, David Yellin Academic College (with Prof. Y. Limor).

 

“The Learners’ Society: Continuity and Change in Characteristics of Education and Employment among Ultra-Orthodox Women.” 25th Annual Conference – Association for Israel Studies (AIS).
“The Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Press Map in Israel.” Israel Association of Political Science Conference, Jezreel Valley College (with Prof. Y. Limor).
“A Forum of Their Own: Studying Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Online Discussion Forums.” Israel Association for Communication Conference, Jezreel Valley College (with Dr. Azi Lev-On).
“To Speak without Speaking: Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Women’s Discourse.” Discourse and Gender in Israel Conference, Israel Association for the Study of Language and Society, Bar-Ilan University.
“A Forum of Their Own: Studying Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Online Discussion Forums.” Israel Sociology Society Conference, College of Management Academic Studies (with Dr. Azi Lev-On).
“The Permitted and the Forbidden in Communication Consumption among Ultra-Orthodox Women.” Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel Conference, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem.

“Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Women and Mass Media in Israel – Exposure Patterns and Reading Strategies. Ultra-Orthodox Women in Israel.” Fanya Gottesfeld-Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism Conference, Bar-Ilan University.

“The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” Discourse and Gender in Israel Conference, Israel Association for the Study of Language and Society, Bar-Ilan University.
“The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” Annual Meeting of the Israeli Anthropological Association, Ashdod.
“The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” International Conference on Gender, Religion, and Society, Bar-Ilan University.
2006 “The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” Communicating: A Student Research Conference, University of Haifa.
2005
2005 “The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” Israel Association for Feminist and Gender Studies Conference, College of Management Academic Studies.

 

2005
2004 “Women’s Images in the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Press.” Communicating: A Student Research Conference, University of Haifa.

 

AFFILIATIONS

American Anthropological Association.

International Communication Association.

Association for Jewish Studies.

Israel Association for Communication.

 

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2010-

 

Lecturer,  School of Communication, Sapir Academic College.

Courses: Audiences and Texts (Seminar), Quantitative Research Methodology, Qualitative Research Methodology, Scientific Writing: Academic Skills.

2010- Adjunct teacher, Department of Communication, Ben Gurion University.

Courses: The Mass Media and the Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel, Audiences and Texts.

2014- Adjunct teacher, Department of Communication, Hertzog College.

Courses: The Mass Media and the Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel, Audiences and Texts.

2005-2014 Adjunct teacher, Department of Communication, Lifschitz College, Jerusalem.

Courses: Introduction to Mass Communication, The Ultra-Orthodox Media and Press, Critical Viewing, The Mass Media in Israel.

2009-2010 Lecturer, Department of Communication, Ariel University Center.

Courses: Gender and Communication, Introduction to Mass Communication, Qualitative Research Methodology, The Ultra-Orthodox Media and Press.

2006–2009 Adjunct teacher, Department of Communication, Ariel University Center.

Courses: Gender and Communication, Quantitative Research Methodology, Qualitative Research Methodology, The Ultra-Orthodox Media and Press, Scientific Writing: Academic Skills.

2004-2009 Instructor, Department of Communication, Open University of Israel.

Course: The Mass Media in Israel.

2004-2007 Adjunct teacher, Department of Communication, Sapir Academic College.

Courses: Quantitative Research Methodology, Qualitative Research Methodology, The Ultra-Orthodox Media and Press, Scientific Writing: Academic Skills.

2001-2004
1999-2006
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Ph.D. Advisor

  1. “Female Entrepreneurship: The case study of Ultra-Orthodox mothers in Israel who established an enterprise.” Ph.D. dissertation by Yael Fishman, Department of Communication, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (With Prof. Ester Schely-Newman).
  2. “The perceptions and meanings of the lives of national religious women in outposts in Judea, Samaria and Binyamin: Between ideological extremism and gender marginalization.” Ph.D. dissertation by Oddeda Sherf, Department of Gender Studies, Bar Ilan University (With Prof. D. Shwartz).
  3. “Perceptions and Attitudes among Ultra-Orthodox School Principles toward Students with Special Needs in Ultra-Orthodox Elementary Schools.” Ph.D. dissertation by Tehila Pearl, Department of Contemporary Jewry, Bar Ilan University (With Prof. Adam Ferziger).
 
Ad Hoc MA Critical Reviewer 

2015: “Exploring the Characteristics of an Online Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community.” M.A. thesis by Sarit Okun, Department of Communication, Ben Gurion University.

 
Ad Hoc Editorial Reviewer 

Contemporary Jewry; Gender and Society; Israel Affairs; Israel Studies; The Journal of Jewish Identity; New Media and Society; Religion; Israel Studies Review; Journal of Women, Politics and Policy; Religion and Gender.

Hebrew: Democratic Culture; Gender; Israeli Sociology; The Journal of the Ultra-Orthodox Society Studies; Massehet; Media Frames; Megamot; Theory and Criticism

 
Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer 

2015 – Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research grant

2016Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research grant

 
Ad Hoc Conference Paper Reviewer 

2017 – Two papers for the Israel Association for Communication.

2016 – Two papers for the Israel Association for Communication.

2015 – Two papers for the International Communication Association and two papers for the Israel Association for Communication.

2014 – Two papers for the Israel Association for Communication.

2013 – Two papers for the Israel Association for Communication.

 

Extracurricular Activities:

2017-  Advisor of the president of Sapir Academic College for the project “The Israeli Hope”.

2017- Director, Sapir College steering committee for the project “The Israeli Hope”.

2012-2014 – Academic advisor, School of Communication, Sapir Academic College.

2012-2014 – Member of Teaching Committee, School of Communication, Sapir Academic College.

 

Other Professional Activities

2013- Member, The Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel – Study and Research Group, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.
2012-2013 Member of the Gesher steering committee to promote coexistence between the Ultra-Orthodox and secular societies in Israel.
2011-2012 Member, Boston Jewish feminist discussion group. Jewish Women’s Archive (Boston, MA).
2010-2011 Member, The Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel – Study and Research Group, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
2009-2011 Member, The Lithuanian Yeshiva and Its Connection to the Public Sphere in Israel – Study and Research Group, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
2008

 

Member, National-Haredi Communication in Israel – Study and Research Group, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

 

PUBLIC ANTHROPOLOGY

Media

Op Ed contributor for Haaretz (The prestigious liberal broadsheet newspaper in Israel):

http://www.haaretz.co.il/misc/searchresults?text=רבקה+נריה+בן+שחר&searchType=textSearch

 

Writer for 929 project (reading the Tanakh – the Old Testament – one chapter a day)

http://www.929.org.il/pages/aboutEN.html#_section_1

http://www.929.org.il/author/501

 

Professional central interviewee for a commercial television documentary series about Ultra-Orthodox women in Israel. For example:

http://10tv.nana10.co.il/Section/?SectionId=13368

 

 

 

Facilitation of conflict resolution

2008-2009

 

Facilitation of Jewish-Palestinian groups in the “Know the Other” project at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
1998-1999 Facilitation of religious-secular groups in Gesher, to promote coexistence between the religious and secular societies in Israel.

 

Public Presentations

2017 “Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet”, Youngstown – Jewish Community Center, (Youngstown, Ohio).

 

2016 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” The Center for Deaf-Blind Persons, Tel-Aviv.
2016 “The Ultra-Orthodox Community’s Perceptions about the Holocaust.” Zachor vKabed [Remember and Respect] meeting, Hillel program, Sapir Academic College.
2015 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” The 12 Minutes (The Israeli TED Talks). Cinematheque Tel Aviv.
2015 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” Havruta project for secular women students and Ultra-Orthodox women, Sapir Academic college.
2015 “To be a Feminist and Orthodox Woman in Contemporary Israel”: Embassy of France in Tel Aviv.
2015 “Women in Israel” – Mavoi Satum Panel, Cinematheque Jerusalem.
2015 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community”: Presentation for Sderot Women’s Organization.
2015 “To be a Feminist and Orthodox Woman in Contemporary Israel”: The Indian Embassy, Herzliya – The Monthly Meeting for Diplomat’s Spouses.
2015 “Shira Hadasha: The Feminist Synagogue”: Workshop for Darhei Noam Community, Modiin.
2015 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” Presentation for “The Hug,” Jerusalem
2015 “To be a Feminist and Orthodox Women in Contemporary Israel”: Presentation for Naamat volunteers.
2015 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” Presentation for Mechinat Nahshon.
2015 “Shira Hadasha: The Feminist Synagogue”: Workshop for “Gevanim-San Francisco,” Jerusalem.
2015 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community”: Presentation for Darhei Noam Community, Modiin.
2014 “To be a Feminist and Orthodox Women in Contemporary Israel.” The Jewish Museum, Vienna.
2014 “Shira Hadasha: The Feminist Synagogue”: Panel in Kfar Saba.
2014 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” Jerusalem Esra meeting.
2014 “Shira Hadasha: The Feminist Synagogue”: Panel in Kfar Edumim.
2014 “Shira Hadasha: Dilemmas and Challenges.” Shira Hadasha Conference for Feminist Synagogues, Jerusalem.
2013 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” Presentation for “The Hug,” Raanana.
2012 “Gender Issues in Israeli Jewish Society.” Lecture at the Israeli Women’s Festival. (Newton, MA).
2012 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” Jewish Community Havurah meeting (Sharon, MA).
2011 “To be a Torah Scholar’s Wife: Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Discourse about their Lives in Israeli Haredi Society.” Motzash Club: Lectures for Israeli Scholars in Boston area (Brookline, MA).

 

Languages

Hebrew – Excellent speaking, reading, and writing (mother tongue)

English – Excellent speaking, reading, and writing

German – Basic reading

 

REFERENCES

Available upon request.

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