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Women's Transformations of Public Judaism: Religiosity, Egalitarianism, and the Symbolic Power of Changing Gender Roles

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Publication Date: January 2001

Publisher(s): Oxford University Press

Author(s): Sylvia Barack Fishman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Social values)

Keywords: American Jews; Gender; Religion

Type: Report

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.