Women comprised more than half of the adult Jewish population of 19th century Palestine, due to the exceptionally large number of widows. Many women immigrated as widows and others long outlived their husbands. This lecture will examine the opportunities for women to use the cultural capital of their traditional society and realize their spiritual aspirations to live in the Holy Land. Once settled, women, both married and widowed, developed unique strategies for coping with poverty and overcrowding, as well as increasing their access to the perceived holiness of the Land.
Sunday | February 20 | 8pm (1pm EST)
Up to 1880's well over half of the Jews residing in the Land of Israel/Palestine were Sephardi and/or came from Muslim countries. Eurocentric Jewish and Zionist historiographies, however, have often overlooked or marginalized these Jews and their activities.
This four-part series will shed light on the multi-faceted relationships of Jewish communities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the Holy Land and their presence in the Land. Although the focus of the series will be on those Jews who lived in 19th and early 20th century Palestine, these were never disconnected from Diaspora Sephardi and Arabic-speaking communities and/or their communities of origin. Eretz Israel was always an integral part of the Middle East.