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Sunday, February 10 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Lost and Found: Jewish Women Recovering Tradition, Remaking Themselves

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Why do Jewish women choose to become Orthodox?
Why do they take on the obligations of stringent belief and practice that affects  what they eat, how they dress, when they have marital relations, where they live and how they spend their time and their money?
And how does such a religious transformation affect who they are as individuals, as wives, as mothers, as sisters, as professionals, as friends?

This presentation will explore these questions, and more. They inspired a four year study of BTs, those returning to or moving towards observant Orthodoxy, that yielded findings that illuminate their answers. At Limmud, we’ll explore how loss can inspire religious search; how religious grounding can assuage it; how the proliferation of choices in today’s world can confound; how Orthodoxy’s clearly defined roles and moral imperatives appeal; how loneliness is pervasive and how Orthodoxy’s close communities provide a welcome antidote.

The presentation will use these takeaways to look more broadly at the phenomenon of religious transformation among women, including the impact of generation and life course position on religious change, the impact of current historical and cultural moment on Jewish identity formation, the impact of generation and life course position on religious change, and the striking potential for spiritual search, and change, among older Jewish women.


Vicki Cabot

Vicki Cabot holds Master’s degrees in mass communications and in religious studies from Arizona State University. She was awarded a doctorate in philosophy in religious studies from ASU’s College of Liberal Arts in May 2018, completing  her dissertation on exploring religious... Read More →

Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MST
241A Ventana A

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