Judy Baumel-Schwartz is Chair of the graduate program in Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University. She specializes in contemporary Jewish history and particularly in topics pertaining to gender, the Holocaust, the State of Israel and commemoration. Her most recent book is Perfect Heroes: The Yishuv Parachutists during the Second World War and the Creation of Collective Israeli Memory (Hebrew; Sde Boker, 2004).
Orly Benjamin is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University. Her areas of interest are close relationships, emotions, gender, temporary work, poverty of employed women, and job insecurity including its relations to marriage. Her articles have appeared, among others, in Sociology, Women's Studies International Forum, Symbolic Interaction and Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Orna Blumen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Services at the University of Haifa. She is a social geographer who studies gender with respect to local labor markets and workplace–home relations, occupational identity, and women in academia. Recently she has been involved in three research projects: on the definition of work in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel, on work–home relations of men in high-tech, and on Palestinian–Jewish relations among Israeli students.
Margarete Myers Feinstein received her Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis. She has published on postwar German national identity and on Jewish displaced persons. Dr. Feinstein is currently a visiting scholar at the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. The UCLA Center for the Study of Women supported early work on the article published herein.
Sylvie Fogiel-Bijaoui is Associate Professor of Sociology at Beit Berl Academic College and at the Academic College of Management, Rishon Lezion, where she teaches Political Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in 1981 from Paris X–Nanterre University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her recent research focuses on citizenship, democracy and feminism; the new families; gendering the kibbutz utopia in a post-utopian era; and Mizrahi (oriental Jewish) women in the Jewish community of Palestine, 1880–1948. Direct correspondence to: email@example.com. [End Page 284]
Harriet Pass Freidenreich is Professor of History at Temple University in Philadelphia. A native of Canada with a Ph.D. from Columbia University, she teaches a wide range of courses in women's history, Jewish history and European history. She is the author of The Jews of Yugoslavia (JPS, 1979), Jewish Politics in Vienna (Indiana University Press, 1991), and Female, Jewish, and Educated: The Lives of Central European University Women (Indiana University Press, 2002).
Sharon Halevi is Director of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Haifa. She is a founding member of the Israel Association of Feminist and Gender Studies and was a member of its board. Among her research interests are the relationship between women and the state and the public and political role of wives. She has published several articles about Israeli political spouses and the media, as well as a series of articles on Women's Studies programs and their students in Israel.
Gail Labovitz is Assistant Professor of Rabbinics at the University of Judaism and chair of the Department of Rabbinics in the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She has also served as a senior researcher for the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project at Brandeis University and as the coordinator of the Jewish Feminist Research Group, a project of the Jewish Women's Studies Program at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She is currently at work on a book on marriage in rabbinic literature and the metaphors of ownership by which rabbis structure marital and gender relations. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Ruth Lamdan is a lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at Tel-Aviv University, specializing in Jewish society, economy and family life throughout the Mediterranean region and the Ottoman Empire, following the expulsion...