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Bet Debora - Jewish Women's Perspectives

Bet Debora - Jewish Women's Perspectives

By Bet Debora
In our monthly podcasts we speak with different Jewish women from around the globe - rabbis and cantors, politicians and activists, artists and women in academia. We talk about their activities, their concerns and their achievements, their lives as Jews and their lives as women. With these conversations, we aim to highlight our positions as Jewish women and encourage new strategies for strengthening our roles in society.

We thank Vienna Women's Affairs, MA57, for the generous support of our podcasts.
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Jewish Women’s Aid: Support for Jewish Women and Children Who are Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, Rabbi Barbara Borts, Newcastle, in Conversation with Rabbi Lee Wax, London

Bet Debora - Jewish Women's Perspectives

I belong to Vienna – A conversation with Anna Goldenberg
Anna Goldenberg, born in 1989 in Vienna, studied psychology at the University of Cambridge and journalism at Columbia University, New York. She worked for the Jewish newspaper The Forward in New York before returning to Vienna where she now works for the weekly Der Falter and the daily Die Presse. Her book "I Belong to Vienna" was published in 2018 by New Vessel Press and in German under the title "Versteckte Jahre. Der Mann, der meinen Großvater rettete". (Hidden years. The man who saved my Grandfather) by Paul Zsolnay Verlag. In the podcast Anna Goldenberg discusses her family’s fate during the holocaust and after the war as well as her role as an author and granddaughter.
May 02, 2022
Jewish Women’s Aid: Support for Jewish Women and Children Who are Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, Rabbi Barbara Borts, Newcastle, in Conversation with Rabbi Lee Wax, London
Jewish Women’s Aid was the first organisation in Britain - and arguably in Europe – to help Jewish victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Rabbi Lee Wax describes the kind of violence and abuse Jewish women and children are exposed to and the ways her organisation can help them.
March 22, 2022
Antisemitism and Gender in Hungary
Anikó Félix is a Sociologist, received her PhD in Sociology from Eötvös Lóránd Science University, Budapest, Hungary in 2019. From 2020, she serves as a Case Manager for Combating Antisemitism at the World Jewish Congress. Her main fields of expertise are the contemporary far right movements, subculture and parties with a huge focus on their gender aspect, right-wing populism and antisemitism.
February 23, 2022
What is a family? Women and kinship in contemporary Israel
Yael Hashiloni-Dolev, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, about the ways genetic technologies change our notions of family and the position of mothers in society. More about Prof. Hashiloni-Dolev:
January 24, 2022
… Frauen schauen immer, dass das Leben weitergeht. Ein Gespräch mit der österreichischen Journalistin, Schriftstellerin und Menschenrechtsaktivistin Susanne Scholl.
Susanne Scholl beobachtete und kommentierte als Auslandskorrespondentin des Österreichischen Rundfunks den Fall des kommunistischen Regimes, den Aufstieg Vladimir Putins und den Krieg in Tschetschenien. Heute engagiert sie sich für Demokratie, Menschenrechte und einen humanen Umgang mit Flüchtlingen. Dieser Podcast entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Politikwissenschaften der Universität Wien.
December 23, 2021
„Ich wünsche mir, von orthodoxen Männern genauso ernst genommen zu werden, wie ein Mann.“
Norli Lappin-Eppel spricht mit Shoshanna Duizend-Jensen, Historikerin und Archivarin, Tempelvorständin und Flüchtlingshelferin in Wien, über ihre Aktivitäten und die Stellung der Frauen in der orthodoxen jüdischen Gemeinde.
November 28, 2021
Heroism of Jewish Women during the Holocaust
Andrea Petö, Professor for Gender Studies at the Central European University, Vienna, talks with Lori Weintrob, Professor of History and founding director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center, Staten Island, New York, and Laura Morowitz, who is currently researching issues of art in Nazi Vienna about the different forms of Jewish women’s heroism. They discuss why it is important to remember these heroines and what they mean for us today.
October 28, 2021
An die Generationenkette anknüpfen … Ein Gespräch mit Rabbinerin Professorin Elisa Klapheck
Norli Lappin-Eppel spricht mit Elisa Klapheck, Rabbinerin der liberalen Synagogengemeinschaft „Egalitärer Minjan“ in der Jüdischen Gemeinde in Frankfurt am Main und Professorin für Jüdische Studien an der Universität Paderborn darüber, was uns Rabbinerin Regina Jonas, die Philosophin Margarete Susman und die Judaistin Pnina Navé Levinson heute zu sagen haben. Außerdem zeigt sie den Zusammenhang zwischen jüdischer Tradition und Politik und erklärt, wie der Talmud ihr hilft, die Wirtschaftsseiten der Zeitung zu verstehen.
October 06, 2021
Connecting Gender Studies and Jewish Studies in the Age of New Extremes
In this podcast Andrea Petö, Professor of Gender Studies at the Central European University, Vienna, discusses the relationship of gender studies and Jewish studies with Paula de Villa from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and Veronique Sina from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The speakers also reflect on the relationship between academia and politics and the necessity to combine them.
September 02, 2021
Music is the Heart of the Service
In this podcast Norli Lappin-Eppel talks to Rabbi Barbara Borts from Newcastle, England. They talk about the challenges women rabbis and women cantors are faced with and about the importance of music in synagogue services. Rabbi Borts also explains the connection between Yiddish and Yiddishkait and the different forms the practice of Judaism can take.
July 23, 2021
Dialogue - a Window to the Future
Andrea Pető and Norli Lappin-Eppel talk with Simone Suskind from Bruxelles about her initiatives to foster a Jewish-Palestine dialogue as a way to reach a peaceful solution for the Middle East conflict. Simone talks about the Jewish Secular Center in Bruxelles, her achievements as a politician and her activities and ideas to fight antisemitism. Moreover, Simone describes her project of training women in order to become future political leaders in the Maghreb countries.
June 24, 2021
Es war ein Pionierspirit…
Im neusten Podcast sprechen wir mit Martina Maschke aus Wien über die Bedeutung von jüdischer Erziehung im Allgemeinen und der Zwi Perez Chajes-Schule im Besonderen. Martina Maschke berichtet außerdem über die Verbesserung der Holocausterziehung in Österreich und die Zusammenarbeit mit Yad Vashem sowie über ihre Arbeit bei der International Holocaust Remembracne Alliance (IHRA), wo sie sich besonders für die Anerkennung des Roma-Genozids einsetzt.
May 20, 2021
Bayit - Building Jewish Homes in Europe
In this podcast Tova Starik talks about her way from Zfat to New York and Vienna. In Vienna Tova and her husband Rabbi Moshe Starik established "Bayit", an organization that offers seminars for young Jewish professionals in order to help them to build Jewish homes in Europe. Tova also explains the philosophy of Chabad about lighting the spark in every Jew and bringing light to the world.
April 21, 2021
Jewish Renaissance in Spain
Norli Lappin-Eppel talks with Dominique Tomasov Blinder in Barcelona about Jewish life in Spain, about the renewed interest of the Spanish government  and the Spanish population in Jewish heritage 500 years after the expulsion of Jews from Spain and about her personal efforts to preserve this heritage and make it known to a broad national and international public.
March 22, 2021
Balsamic and coal: Two rabbis north and south chat
In this podcast, Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts, who lives in Newcastle, England, and Rabbi Ariel Friedlander, who lives in Modena, Italy, talk about fostering progressive Jewish life in Italy, about how various strands of Judaism in the UK are dealing with the pandemic, and about how their pets have helped them to cope during the lockdowns in the UK and Italy. They share their feelings about the positive aspects and the difficult aspects of Jewish life during the past year. Music: Vermont Nocturne by Vally Weigl (1894 Vienna – 1982 New York) © Extraplatte
February 21, 2021
Welcome in Vienna, Central European University! Bet Debora in conversation with Andrea Petö, Professor for Gender Studies at the Central European University
In this podcast Norli Lappin-Eppel speaks with Prof. Andrea Petö, Professor for Gender Studies at the Central European University (CEU), about the reasons why her university had to move from Budapest to Vienna and how this reflects the situation in Hungary. We also look back at the 4th International Bet Debora Conference, which took place in Budapest in August 2006 and was hosted by the CEU. Another topic of our talk is Andrea Petö’s research. Her focus are women in World War II: victims as well as perpetrators. She explains how these divergent topics are connected and why she thinks that it is important to reflect and talk about them. Music: Vermont Nocturne by Vally Weigl (1894 Vienna – 1982 New York) © Extraplatte
January 21, 2021
Vom Wert des Lebens. Ein Gespräch mit Barbara Prainsack, Professorin für Vergleichende Politikfeldanalyse an der Universität Wien und Professorin am Institut für Globale Gesundheit und Sozialmedizin
In ihrem neuen Buch „Vom Wert des Lebens“ tritt Barbara Prainsack für ein bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen für alle Menschen, die in Österreich ihren Lebensmittelpunkt haben, ein. Sie erklärt, warum dies gerade angesichts der durch die Corona-Pandemie ausgelösten Wirtschaftskrise notwendig und wie es die Situation von Frauen positiv beeinflussen würde. Music: Vermont Nocturne by Vally Weigl (1894 Vienna – 1982 New York) © Extraplatte
December 23, 2020