Shirley Adelman's work has been published in a number of journals, including Jewish Affairs, Canadian Woman Studies, Blue Collar Review, 13th Moon, Lilliput Review, The Aurorean, Cotyledon and Kaleidoscope. Her story "My Mother's Eyes" received Honorable Mention in the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture's Fifth Annual Jewish Cultural Writing Contest and was published by Jewish Currents. Ms. Adelman is the mother of two adult children whose company she treasures.
Moshe Benovitz is Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He is the author of Kol Nidre: Studies in the Development of Rabbinic Votive Institutions (Atlanta, 1998) and BT Shevuot III: Critical Edition with Comprehensive Commentary (New York–Jerusalem 2003), as well as numerous scholarly articles on various aspects of talmudic scholarship and rabbinic history, including oaths and vows, liturgy, and Hanukkah.
Carmen Caballero-Navas is a research fellow and lecturer in the Department of Semitic Studies, Hebrew section, at the University of Granada, Spain, where she received her Ph.D. with honors in January 2000. From 2000 through 2003 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Wellcome Trust Center for the History of Medicine at University College, London. She specializes in Hebrew texts on women's healthcare in the Mediterranean West during the Middle Ages.
Julie Cwikel is founder and director of Israel's first academic center on women's health, the Ben Gurion University Center for Women's Health Studies and Promotion. The center's approach to health is a gestalt one—encompassing physical, psychosocial. and community approaches. Prof. Cwikel is a social worker (originally trained in community psychiatry and rehabilitation) and social epidemiologist by training, with an MSW and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She is the author of numerous scientific articles and has edited two books. She recently completed the first textbook of social epidemiology, which will be published by Columbia University Press this year.
Irene Eber is Louis Frieberg Professor of East Asian Studies, emerita, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has written widely on Jews and Jewish communities in China. Her most recent book is The Choice: Poland 1939–1945 (Schocken, 2004), a memoir about Poland in World War II. [End Page 332]
Sigal Gooldin received her Ph.D. in 2002 from the Theory, Culture & Society Centre, Nottingham-Trent University, UK. She teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Haifa. Her research interests include the sociology and anthropology of medicine, sociology and anthropology of the body, and the study of moral discourses, with a particular focus on the New Reproductive Technologies and on eating disorders.
Hilla Haelyon is a lecturer in gender studies at Bar-Ilan University. She is a speaker on the body rights of women undergoing In Vitro Fertilization treatments and is currently establishing a support program for such women, using the model of a body-identity-emotion triangle.
Yael Hashiloni-Dolev received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Tel Aviv University. She teaches sociology of health and illness and of science and technology and a course about social aspects of new reproductive technologies at the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, and Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Academic College, and she is currently research coordinator of a study entitled "Prenatal Sex Selection in Israel: The Public's Opinion" at the Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. Her book, What is a Life (un)Worthy of Living? Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany, is forthcoming from Springer-Kluwer.
Ronit Ir-Shay holds an M.A. in Jewish philosophy and has just completed her Ph.D. dissertation on the subject of fertility, gender and halakhah. She also studied Talmud, halakhah and philosophy for six years at the Shalom Hartman Institute. She currently teaches at Bar-Ilan University and at Pelech High School for girls, and she has taught at Midrashet Bruria, Midreshet...