Jewish Women in Pre-State Israel: Life History, Politics, and Culture [NOOK Book]

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This fascinating interdisciplinary collection of essays brings gender issues to the foreground in order to redress a profound imbalance in the historiography of the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, and in the early years of the State of Israel. Although male discourse still dominates this field, some initial studies have begun to create an authentic and multifaceted Hebrew-Israeli voice by examining the activities and contributions of women.

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Jewish Women in Pre-State Israel: Life History, Politics, and Culture

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Overview

This fascinating interdisciplinary collection of essays brings gender issues to the foreground in order to redress a profound imbalance in the historiography of the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, and in the early years of the State of Israel. Although male discourse still dominates this field, some initial studies have begun to create an authentic and multifaceted Hebrew-Israeli voice by examining the activities and contributions of women.

This research has led to a number of basic questions: What was the reality of life for women in Jewish society in Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine (Eretz Israel), and in the early years of the State? What was the contribution of women to the renewal of Israeli society and culture? What is the place of gender perceptions in the study of the new local identity? The original articles in this anthology forge an innovative response to one or more of these questions, and reflecting the state of research in the field.

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"This is a valuable resource for academic libraries supporting women's studies, gender studies, and Jewish studies programs."—Jewish Book World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584658085
  • Publisher: Brandeis University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

RUTH KARK, Professor of Geography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has published extensively on the historical geography of the Middle East and Palestine/Israel. MARGALIT SHILO is Associate Professor in the Martin Szusz Department of The Land of Israel Studies and Archeology at Bar Ilan University. GALIT HASAN-ROKEM is Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore at the Departments of Hebrew Literature & Jewish and Comparative Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Table of Contents

Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D. - Foreword

Introduction

Constructing the Historical Narrative Deborah Bernstein - The Study of Women in Israeli Historiography: Starting Points, New Directions, and Emerging Insights
Yossi Ben-Artzi - Have Gender Studies Changed Our Attitude toward the Historiography of the Aliyah and Settlement Process?
Henriette Dahan-Kalev - Mizrahi Women: Identity and Herstory

Women and Immigration Michal Ben Ya’akov
Women’s Aliyah: Migration Patterns of North African Jewish Women to Eretz Israel in the Nineteenth Century
Joseph Glass - American Jewish Women and Palestine: Their Immigration, 1918–1939
Esther Meir-Glitzenstein - Ethnic and Gender Identity of Iraqi Women Immigrants in the Kibbutz in the 1940s
Penina Morag-Talmon - Social Networks of Immigrant Women in the Early 1950s in Israel

Pioneers and Defenders Einat Ramon - A “Woman-Human”: A. D. Gordon’s Approach to Women’s Equality and His Influence on Second Aliyah Feminists
Henry Near - What Troubled Them? Women in Kibbutz and Moshav in the Mandatory Period
Smadar Shiffman - Forging the Image of Pioneering Women
Hagar Salamon - A Woman’s Life Story as a Foundation Legend of Local Identity

Education, Health, and Politics Margalit Shilo - A Cross-Cultural Message: The Case of Evelina de Rothschild
Shifra Shvarts and Zipora Shehory-Rubin - On Behalf of Mothers and Children in Eretz Israel: The Activity of Hadassah, the Federation of Hebrew Women, and WIZO to Establish Maternal and Infant Welfare Centers—Tipat Halav, 1913–1948
Nira Bartal - Establishment of a Nursing School in Jerusalem by the American Zionist Medical Unit, 1918: Continuation or Revolution?
Bat-Sheva Margalit Stern - “They Have Wings But No Strength to Fly”: The Women Workers’ Movement between “Feminine” Control and “Masculine” Dominance
Hannah Safran - International Struggle, Local Victory: Rosa Welt Straus and the Achievement of Suffrage, 1919–1926

Creativity in Word and Music Orly Lubin - Nehama Puhachewsky: The Alibi of the Arbitrary
Tali Asher - The Growing Silence of the Poetess Rachel
Yaffah Berlovitz - Anda Amir’s Me-Olam, Demuyot mi-Kedem: A Proposal for a Modern Feminine Bible
Hannan Hever - Poems to the Ghetto: The Poetry of Yocheved Bat-Miriam in the 1940s
Yael Shai and Rachel Kollender - Women and Music in Jewish Society: Woman’s Role in the Music Tradition in Israel

Shaping the Collective Memory Billie Melman - The Legend of Sarah: Gender, Memory, and National Identities Eretz Yisrael/Israel, 1917–1990
Judith Baumel-Schwartz - “We Were There Too”: Women’s Commemoration in Israeli War Memorials

Aftermath
Notes
Glossary
Index
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