Women's Transformations of Public Judaism: Religiosity, Egalitarianism, and the Symbolic Power of Changing Gender Roles
Publication Date: January 2001
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
Author(s): Sylvia Barack Fishman
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: American Jews; Gender; Religion
Coverage: United States
This essay explores women's transformations of public Judaism, concentrating in communal rituals and life-cycle ceremonies, synagogue life, and diverse educational settings, which are arguably the loci most meaningful to westernized, religious affiliation Jews. Resistance to those changes is evidence of the symbolic power of gender role transformations.