Young Jewish Women and their Religious Attitudes in Galicia around 1900
Speaker: Professor Rachel Manekin (University of Maryland)
Chair: Professor François Guesnet (UCL)
In her recent book, Rachel Manekin explores the spike in conversions among young Jewish women in Galicia around 1900. She found that the educational gender gap and intergenerational conflict were at the heart of this radical step. She will discuss the belated Orthodox response and argue that these educational innovations not only kept Orthodox Jewish women within the fold but also foreclosed their opportunities for higher education.
Rachel Manekin is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. She has published many articles on Galician Haskalah, Jewish Orthodoxy, Hasidism, Galician Jewish women, the development of Jewish politics, and the construction of Jewish identity in Galicia.