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Identity, Heroism and Religion in the Lives of Contemporary Jewish Women

Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz

What makes us what we are? How does our gender affect our identity? Who are our heroes and heroines and how do they mould the decisions we make and the way we live our lives? In what ways does our connection – or lack there of – to our birth religion shape our adult selves? These are just some of the questions which Identity, Heroism and Religion in the Lives of Contemporary Jewish Women addresses. In examining the lives and deaths of various Jewish women during the 20 th and 21 st centuries this study focuses on the dynamic by which they formed their identities at times of crisis, whether in pre-State Israel, during and after the Holocaust in liberated Europe, or throughout Israel’s formative years. As refugees, survivors, new immigrants or veteran citizens of a country these women’s lives are probed and analyzed in terms of their relationship to each other, to their surroundings, their past, their future, their ideologies, and their geographic and virtual communities, presenting us with a mosaic of contemporary Jewish women’s lives.

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467 Index Places Afghanistan 98 Ahuzat Shoshana 267 Alexandria 221 Antwerp 93, 122 Argentina 122 Aschebach 293 Ashkelon 154, 262 Auschwitz 93, 97, 108–11, 121, 123, 218, 291, 312, 446, 459, 460, 463 Australia 96, 119, 121, 163, 170, 455 Austria 67, 74, 95, 99, 100, 111, 119, 281, 282, 464 Bak’a 330 Balfouria 147 Bamberg 279, 293 Basle 175 Beer Tuvia 147 Beit Alfa (kibbutz) 265, 268 Belgium 75, 76, 122, 294 Ben-Yehuda Street 36 Bergen Belsen 93, 100, 108, 123, 159, 276, 282, 283, 290–2, 294, 297– 301, 303, 306, 308, 441, 453 Berlin 39, 40, 71, 72, 74, 194, 212, 251, 438, 456, 464 Bnai Brak 114, 117, 143, 251, 321, 435, 438 Bosnia-Herzegovina 98, 445, 450 Britain 40, 50, 64, 65–71, 76, 78–91, 144, 159, 165, 170, 235, 285, 439, 464 Budapest 13, 44, 46, 53, 175–7, 181, 253, 254 Caesarea 44, 176, 197, 199 Canada 96, 199, 301 Canterbury 144, 150 Central Europe 12, 21, 32, 33–5, 48, 50, 51, 55–7, 63, 66, 71, 81, 83, 88, 159, 214, 446 Czechoslovakia 67, 74, 100, 159, 160, 214, 223, 282 Damascus 265 Dargov 159 Dead Sea 266 Dukla 160 Eastern Europe 31, 32, 34, 39, 49, 73, 99, 119, 159, 160, 165, 166, 171, 176, 178, 194, 253, 295, 303, 325, 329, 340, 364, 373, 386, 389, 390, 457, 464 Egypt 152, 214, 248 Ein Gedi 266 Ein Gev (kibbutz) 146, 160 Ein Hanatziv (kibbutz) 221, 227, 228 Ein...

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