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On Winks and Lies: The Performance of Sincerity and Jewish Conversion in Israel

Hosted By: Jewish Studies at Fordham University

This talk will trace the performance of state-endorsed Orthodox conversion to highlight the collaborative labor that goes into the “making” of the Israeli state and its Jewish citizens.

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Michal Kravel-Tovi

Michal Kravel-Tovi is an associate professor of socio-cultural anthropology at Tel Aviv University, working at the intersection of Jewish studies, political anthropology, and the anthropology of religion. Her award-winning book When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel, came out in 2018, and she is currently working on two projects, one on American-Jewish ‘Continuity Crisis’, and the second on sexual violence among Haredim.
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Jewish Studies at Fordham University

Jewish Studies at Fordham University offers public programs in history, theology, anthropology, sociology, comparative literature, and more.
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