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Elana Sztokman

Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman is an award-winning author, and leading Jewish feminist thinker, educator and activist. She specializes in gender inclusion in the Jewish world, and has worked with communities, organizations and individuals around the world on advancing gender inclusion and gender equity In August 2015, she foundedThe Center for Jewish Feminism to provide resources and connections among Jewish feminists around the world.
The former Executive Director of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Elana writes and speaks all around the world about gender issues in Jewish life, in education and in Israel.
Elana holds a doctorate in education and sociology from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and wrote her dissertation on the identity development of adolescent religious girls in school. Her first book,The Men's Section: Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World, (Hadassah Brandeis Institute, UPNE, 2011) won the 2012 National Jewish Book Council award in the area of Women's Studies. Elana's second book, Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools, co-authored with Dr Chaya Rosenfeld Gorsetman, released in October 2013 (Hadassah Brandeis Institute, UPNE), also won the National Jewish Book Council Award in the area of education and identity. Elana's third book The War on Women in Israel: How religious radicalism is smothering the voice of a nation, was released by Sourcebooks in Sept 2014 to great acclaim.
Elana writes regularly about feminist issues in Judaism in many forums: The Atlantic, Slate, The Forward, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Lilith, TheAustralian Jewish News, JOFA Journal, Jewish Educational Leadership, and more. She has also taught these subjects in institutes of higher education:the Florence Melton Adult Mini-school in Melbourne, Australia, the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, the Efrata Teacher Training College, the Bar Ilan University Gender Studies Department, and Young Judea. Elana lives in Modi'in, Israel with her spouse Jacob and their children.

My Speakers Sessions

Sunday, March 6


Gender, Religion, and Politics in Israel M1