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Hebrew and Orthodox Jewish English in “Chanshi”

Hosted By: HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project, Ikar

The Israeli show “Chanshi” features a young Orthodox woman from Brooklyn who makes aliyah. In Jerusalem, she encounters a whole new world: the Mizrahi Jews and tough Israeli soldiers she fantasizes about, her religious friend struggling with her sexual orientation, and a gaggle of English-speaking women.

Although the show deals with intense issues – such as Israeli politics, religiosity, sexuality, mental illness, and assault – it offers a delightful viewing experience. It also provides an insider’s look into the language of American immigrants to Israel, especially their seamless mixing of Hebrew and Orthodox Jewish English. This event analyzes that language use, bringing two of the show’s creators and stars in conversation with two scholars who analyze language.

Aleeza Chanowitz – creator, star
Marnina Schon – co-star
Sarah Bunin Benor, Hebrew Union College – linguist, Jewish English
Sharon Avni, CUNY – linguist, Hebrew-English language contact

After registering for this event, you will receive exclusive access to the first four episodes of “Chanshi,” with English subtitles. To fully appreciate this panel, we recommend that you watch all four episodes beforehand.

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