SEMINAR: On Winks and Lies: The Performance of Sincerity and Jewish Conversion in Israel

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April 22, 2021
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies


This talk will trace the performance of state-endorsed Orthodox conversion to highlight the collaborative labor that goes into the “making” of the Israeli state and its Jewish citizens.


Michal Kravel-Tovi is an associate professor of socio-cultural anthropology at Tel Aviv University, working at the intersection of Jewish studies, political anthropology, and the anthropology of religion. Her award-winning book When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel, came out in 2018, and she is currently working on two projects, one on American-Jewish ‘Continuity Crisis’, and the second on sexual violence among Haredim.


Omri Elisha is associate professor of anthropology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches (University of California Press, 2011). His current research explores issues of cosmology, professionalization, and expertise among contemporary Western astrologers.


Contact Info: 

Siobhan Verlezza: Center for Jewish Studies at Fordham University

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