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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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Prize Evening and Book Launch:

Forsaken Children: The Backyard of Mandate Tel-Aviv (June 10th, 2009)

This year, the center culminated our year of busy campus activities with a celebration in honor of our prize recipients, and with the presentation of Dr. Tammy Razi’s new book, "Forsaken Children: The Backyard of Mandate Tel-Aviv". The evening, hosted on June 10 in the Beck auditorium, began with an address by Prof. Tova Cohen, and the dispensation of prizes to our 2008-2009 beneficiaries. Tsippi Levin-Byron addressed the auditorium on behalf of all the recipients with great thanks to the Heller family, and a short description of her research.

The evening continued with an interesting panel dedicated to Dr. Tammy Razi’s new book, chaired by Dr. Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman. Razi’s book analyzes the treatment of children on the fringes of society during the period of the British Mandate and the establishment of social services in pre-state Israel. Razi teaches in the Bar-Ilan Gender Studies Program and at Sapir College in the Negev. Prof. Margalit Shilo discussed the book and remarked that the book does not only analyze the situation of the children during this time period, but also contributes greatly to our understanding of the entire social situation in Israel during those years. Dr. Dafna Hirsch gave a contextual history of the support which was established for children at the time by organizations such as Tipat Chalav and the health maintenance organizations. Hirsch spoke about the initiative of women in organizations such as Hadassa, and other Zionist organizations who were supportive during the mandate. She continued to stress how impo rtant the book is as a starting point for more discussions on the topic, in multiple fields of study.

Dr. Tammy Razi herself expressed tremendous gratitude for the support which has enabled her to research and publish the book. She offered advice to younger scholars in the audience and encouraged them to realize the privilege that they have which enables them to be part of such important research taking place today in gender studies.