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Women on the Front Lines

Hosted By: The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

Israel is one of the few countries in the world with mandatory military service for all genders. Although the Equality Amendment to the Military Service Law, passed in 2000, stated that women have equal right to serve in any military capacity, only 4% of Israeli women soldiers serve in combat units. Photographer Debbie Zimelman spent five years photographing and interviewing female soldiers in twenty Israeli army units. The resulting book – Women on the Front Lines: Inside the Combat Units of the Israeli Army – combines color photography and the soldiers’ own words, to offer a glimpse into the experiences, fears, challenges and accomplishments of these barrier-breaking young women.

In this talk, Debbie Zimelman will share images and stories from the book, including how she gained access to these elite units. She will be joined by one of the combat soldiers who recently completed her army service, and will share with us some of her personal experiences.

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Debbie Zimelman

Debbie Zimelman has profound experience in photography and in interviewing combat soldiers. She took a series of photographs of prisoners in the only Israeli women’s prison. Her clients are private individuals and notable publications like Oprah Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, The (London) Evening Standard, and more. In addition to being a professional photographer, she also enjoys teaching others about photography.
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The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University connects the academic world and Northeast Ohio's wider community through innovative and engaging programming. Adults of all ages pursue their love of learning by participating in courses and lectures with internationally renowned scholars and local experts who share their cutting-edge research and current topics of interest.
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