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Women's Torah Study: The Idea and the Meaning
By Dr. Hanah Kehat

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Conference in Memory of Dafna Izraeli on Employment, Work and Welfare (March 18-19, 2008):

The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center hosted this year's annual conference in memory of Dafna Izraeli at Bar-Ilan University. The conference was co-hosted by The Dafna Izraeli Gender Studies Program, the Sociology Department, and the Israeli Sociological Association, and was part of a series of events taking place in Bar-Ilan for International Women's day.

The conference, Employment, Welfare and Families: Israel in a Comparative Context, drew over 250 participants over the course of the two days in March.

The aim of the conference was to try and contextualize Israel and the specific processes that have shaped its welfare state policies and its labor market from the perspective of women and families. Particular attention was given to processes that occurred since the 1980’s in comparison with the restructuring of welfare states in European countries and in North America.

The conference displayed the extent of Dafna Izraeli’s contributions in these areas and generated an updated framework for thought and discussion. The conference was also a tremendous tribute to Dafna Izraeli as a woman, professor, mother, and sister among other roles.

The conference displayed the extent of Dafna Izraeli’s contributions in these areas and generated an updated framework for thought and discussion. The conference was also a tremendous tribute to Dafna Izraeli as a woman, professor, mother, and sister among other roles.

Guests of the conference came from Norway, the United States, and Britain as a gesture to Dafna Izraeli’s scholarship which had developed parallel to their own. Susan Lewis, of Middlessex, UK, was Dafna Izraeli’s co-editor for the book "Dual Earner Families: International Perspectives". Julia Brannen, from the University of London and Rosanna Hertz, chair of women’s studies program at Wellsley College, Boston, published chapters in the book, and joined us at the conference. Two other guests were Ann Nilsen from Bergen and Irene Levine from Oslo College University who contributed with comparative, family related analysis. In addition, many Israeli scholars spoke at the conference.