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

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Applications for the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Grants (Student, Research, Travel, Translation) can be submitted untill January 1 , 2014.

For more information please contact jwmn.biu@gmail.com

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Evening in Honor of Prof. Tova Cohen and 2007-2008 Prize Recipients (June 20, 2007):

On June 20th, The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center held a festive end of the year event, together with the Gender Studies Program. The first part of the evening honored the eight graduate students who won the prestigious Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center research prizes this past year.

The second part of the evening was devoted to the recent publication of Prof. Tova Cohen and Prof. Shmuel Feiner’s book Voice of A Hebrew Maiden: Women’s Writings of the 19th Century Haskalah Movement. The publication of the book was made possible by a grant from the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center. Dr. Natalie Goldberg (Bar-Ilan University) discussed the Eastern European texts in the book and compared them to Jewish women’s intellectual and literary activity in Germany during the same period, pointing to differences between geographical and cultural surroundings. Prof. Hannah Naveh (Tel Aviv University) discussed the book and analyzed a number of short excerpts, outlining the special concerns of the young women who wrote in Hebrew and the challenges they faced when trying to take part in what was a male intellectual environment. Prof. Cohen responded to the speakers and shared her thoughts on the texts in the book and their significance for understanding women’s education and cultural identity during this period. The evening was a wonderful end to a very exciting and eventful year.