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Dr. Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar

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Dr. Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar is a senior lecturer at Sapir Academic College in Sderot, Israel, teaching courses in research methods, communication, religion, and gender. Her doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was entitled "Ultra-Orthodox Women and Mass Media in Israel – Exposure Patterns and Reading Strategies." She was a Fulbright post-doctoral fellow in 2011-2012 and a Scholar in Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University. She worked on a study that analyzes women's cultural-religious praxes. Dr. Neriya Ben-Shahar researches the mass media from the perspectives of religion and gender. Her most recent research project addresses the tension between religious values and new technologies among Old Order Amish women and Jewish ultra-Orthodox women. She has presented her research at more than 40 academic conferences and seminars in the United States and Israel and has published 16 papers dealing with various perspectives on gender, religion, and media. Her latest article, published by New Media and Society focuses on Old Order Amish and ultra-Orthodox women’s responses to the internet.

Areas of Interest

  • Ultra-Orthodox
  • Old Order Amish
  • Communication
  • Religion and Gender

Teaching

Hebrew lective year: תשפ
                

Research

Mט research focuses on the mass media from the perspectives of religion and gender, specifically among the Old Order Amish and the Ultra-Orthodox women.  

Awards

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS AND GRANTS
2018 Helen Hammer Scholar in Residence, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University.
2018 Visiting Scholar, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University.
2017 Snowden Fellow, The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College.
2017 Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture grant.
2017 Research grant, Sapir Academic College.
2016 Research grant, Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, for the project: The capabilities divide: Three cases for understanding gaps in ICT use. (With prof. Amit Shejter and Dr. Avi Marciano).
2016 Research grant, Sapir Academic College.
2015 The Feminist Division of the International Communication Association Award
2015 Research grant, Sapir Academic College.
2014 Nahum Goldmann Fellowship for Jewish Communal Leadership.
2014 Research grant, Sapir Academic College.
2013 Summer Fellowship at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University.
2013 Second Authority for Television and Radio research grant for the project: Consumption of Mass Media among Old Order Amish Women and Ultra-Orthodox Women: A Comparative Study.
2013 Research grant, Sapir Academic College.
2012 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University Research grant for the project: The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.
2011-2012 Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Scholar in Residence, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University.
2011-2012 Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture grant.
2010 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Interdisciplinary Program for Gender Studies, Bar Ilan University.
2006-2008 Cherrick Doctoral Fellowship, Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2006-2008 Doctoral Fellowship, Ariel University Center.
2007 European Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for German Studies in Vienna.
2007 Second Authority for Television and Radio research grant.
2007 Jewish National Fund research grant.
2006 Minerva Center for Human Rights research grant, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2006 Israel Association of University Women research grant.
2006 Silbert Center for Israel Studies research grant, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2006 Naamat (International Movement of Zionist Women) research grant.
2005 Shaine research grant, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2005 Eshkol research grant, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2004 Lafer Grant for Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2000-2001 Shaine research grant, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Publications

PUBLICATIONS
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2017). Negotiating agency: Amish and Ultra-Orthodox women’s responses to new media. New Media and Society. 19(1), 81-95. http://nms.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/06/07/1461444816649920.abstract
DOI: 10.1177/1461444816649920 SJR Communication: Q1.
2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2017). The medium is the danger: Discourse about television among Amish and Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) women. Journal of Media and Religion, 16(1), 27-38. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15348423.2017.1274590. DOI: 10.1080/15348423.2017.1274590 SJR Religious Studies: Q2.
3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2015). “At Amen meals it’s me and God” - Religion and gender: A new Jewish women’s ritual. Contemporary Jewry, 35. 153-172. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12397-015-9132-7. DOI 10.1007/s12397-015-9132-7. SJR Religious Studies: Q1.
4. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. & Lev-On A. (2011). Gender, religion and new media: Attitudes and behaviours related to the internet among Ultra-Orthodox women employed in computerized environments. International Journal of Communication, 5, 875-895. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/843/566. SJR Communication 2012: Q3.
5. Lev-On, A. and Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2011). A forum of their own: Views about the internet among Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women who browse designated closed forums. First Monday, 16 http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3228/2859 SJR Human-Computer Interaction 2012: Q2.
6. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2009). The learners’ society: Continuity and change in characteristics of education and employment among Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) women. Sociological Papers, 14, 1-15. http://www.socpapers.org/sp2009/sp2009-1.pdf
7. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (in press). “This has nothing to do with feminism”: How a seemingly innocuous Jewish women’s ritual has sparked male opposition in Israel. Nashim.

Hebrew Articles:
1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2015). Being the wife of a Torah scholar. Heker Hahevra Ha’Haredit, 2. 169-192. http://www.haredisociety.org/uploads/files/719444545621651956-להיות-אישה-של-תלמיד-חכם-נריה-בן-שחר.pdf
2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2014). Women's creation and renewal of religious rituals: A strategy for addressing their marginality in traditional societies. Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 24. 257-281. http://in.bgu.ac.il/bgi/iyunim/Pages/24.aspx
3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. & Lev-On A. (2013). Open spaces? Perceptions of the internet among Ultra-Orthodox women working in computerized environments. Megamot, 49. 272-306. https://www.megamot-journal.org.il/Subscribe.aspx?i=719&c=54
4. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2011). Women’s images in the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) press: 1948-2008. Kesher, 41. 88-100. http://humanities1.tau.ac.il/shalom_rosenfeld/images/41-heb/רבקה_נריה_בן_שחר41.pdf
5. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. & Lev-On A. (2009). Forum of their own: Studying discussion forums of Ultra-Orthodox women online. Misgarot Media, 4. 67-106. http://www.isracom.org.il/.upload/MF4-067-105-LEVON.pdf

Submitted for publication/under review/revised and resubmitted
1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (Submitted). “This has nothing to do with feminism”: How a seemingly innocuous Jewish women’s ritual has sparked male opposition in Israel.
2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (Submitted). “Mobile internet is worse than the internet; it can destroy our community”: Old Order Amish and Ultra-Orthodox women responses to cellphone and smartphone use.
3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (Submitted). The Ultra-Orthodox Community’s media in Israel: A literature review.

Book Reviews in Scientific Journals
1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2018). Nurit Stadler: A well-worn Tallis for a new ceremony: Trends in Israeli Haredi culture. Boston: Academic Studies Press. (2012). Israeli Sociology, 19 (2). 243-244. (Hebrew).
2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2017). Yohai Hakak: Haredi masculinities between the yeshiva, the army and politics: The sage, the warrior and the entrepreneur. Leiden and Boston: Brill (2016). Israeli Sociology, 19. 169-171. (Hebrew).
3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2017). Benjamin Brown and Nissim Leon: The Gdoilim: Leaders Who Shaped the Israeli Haredi Jewry. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press and Van Leer Institute (2017). Heker Hahevra Ha’Haredit, 5. 35-38. (Hebrew).
4. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2017). Yakir Englander: The male body in Jewish Lithuanian Ultra-Orthodoxy: Images from musar literature and hagiography. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press. Israeli Sociology, 19(1). 198-200. (Hebrew).
5. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2015). Lee Cahaner, Nicola Yozegof-Aurbach and Arnon Sofer: The Ultra-Orthodox in Israel: Space, society and communication. Haifa: The Haikin Katedra, Haifa University (2012). Israeli Sociology, 17. 171-173. (Hebrew).
6. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2014). Yohai Hakak, Young men in Israeli Haredi yeshiva education: The scholar’s enclave in unrest. Leiden and Boston: Brill (2012). Israeli Sociology, 15. 460-462. (Hebrew).
7. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2014). Yoel Finkelman, Strictly kosher reading: Popular literature and the condition of contemporary orthodoxy. Boston: Academic Studies Press (2011). Israeli Sociology, 16. 211-213. (Hebrew).
8. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2011). Nurit Stadler, Yeshiva fundamentalism: Piety, gender and resistance in the Ultra-Orthodox world. New York: New York University Press (2008). Israeli Sociology, 13. 214-217 (Hebrew).

Book Chapters
1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. & Lev-On A. (2012). To browse, or not to browse? Third person effect among Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women, in regards to the perceived danger of the internet. In P.H. Cheong, J.N. Martin, & L. Macfadyen (Eds.). New Media and Intercultural Communication (pp. 223-236). New York: Peter Lang.

In Hebrew:
1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (In press). Radio exposure patterns in the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel. In Y. Limor and I. Mann (Eds.). Radio in Israel. Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi.
2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (In press). The permitted and the forbidden in communication consumption among Ultra-Orthodox women. In S. Tikochinsky (Ed.). The Lithuanian yeshiva and its connection to the public sphere in Israel. Jerusalem: Van Leer Institute.
3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2012). “Some outlooks are not our own, but if I happen to see one I’ll look at it from time to time”: Self-definition of Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) women according to patterns of exposure to the Haredi press. In K. Caplan and N. Stadler (Eds.). From survival to consolidation: Changes in Israeli Haredi society and its scholarly study (pp. 137-161). Jerusalem: Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
4. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2011). “Please lengthen your skirts for the sake of the sanctity of our people and the sanctity of our daughters”: The modesty discourse in the women's sections of the Ultra-Orthodox press, 1960-1989. In M. Shilo & G. Katz (Eds.), Iyunim bitkumat Israel: Studies in Israeli society and modern Jewish society. (pp. 580-622). Be’er Sheva: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Other Articles:
1. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2017). “Answering amen: Amen meals in the new age”. Deot, 80, 13-18. (Hebrew)
2. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2016). “Amen meals are so feminine”: Women's creation and renewal of rituals. Mayim Medallio, 27, 121-151.
3. Neriya-Ben Shahar, R. (2005). A court of their own: The image of religious Jews on commercial television in Israel. In: Present and absent during prime time: Cultural diversity in commercial television broadcasting in Israel – A follow-up study. Jerusalem: Second Authority for Television and Radio. (Hebrew)

In Progress:
1. “Some people do that, but they are not supposed to”: Amish and Ultra-Orthodox women's perceptions toward the prohibited-allowed sphere. Article in progress.
2. “Negotiating time, space and media: Old Order Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women experience and practice liquid modernities” Monograph in progress.

 

Presentations

PRESENTATIONS
Invited Keynote Addresses

2018 “Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet”, The Department of Sociology, Fordham University (Manhattan, New York).
2018 “Academic Adjustments in the United-States”. Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation Day. (Tel Aviv, Israel).
2018 “Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet”, Committee for the Study of Religion, Graduate Center, CUNY. (Manhattan, New York).
2018 “Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet”, Fulbright Alumni’s Meeting. (Jerusalem, Israel)
2018 “Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet”, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University. (Waltham, Massachusetts).
2018 “Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet”, Hillel, California State University, Northridge. (Los Angeles, California).
2017 “Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet”, The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies and the Department of Women and Gender Studies, Youngstown State University. (Youngstown, Ohio).
2017 “Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to New Media” Snowden Lecture, Elizabethtown College. (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania).
2017 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” Lecture at Elizabethtown College. (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania).
2017 “Amen Meals: New Age ritual in Contemporary Israel”. Jewish Spirituality and New Age in Israel, Van Leer Institute. (Jerusalem, Israel).
2017 “Women Leaders at Amen Meals”. Women as Spiritual Leaders. Schocken Institute for Jewish Research, (Jerusalem, Israel).
2016 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” Hillel and The Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Minnesota. (Minneapolis, Minnesota).
2015 “National Religious Women in Israel.” The Israel Democracy Institute. (Jerusalem, Israel).
2014 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” The Feminist Forum, Sapir Academic College.
2014 “The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among Amish Women.” Seminar on Gender, Culture, Religion and Law. Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University. (Waltham, Massachusetts).
2013 “The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among Ultra-Orthodox Women and Amish Women.” The Colloquium of The Program in Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University.
2013 “To be a Torah Scholar's Wife: Ultra-Orthodox women's discourse about their lives in Israeli Haredi Society.” Lecture at Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. (Jerusalem, Israel).
2013 “The Mass Communication in the Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel.” Lecture at Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. (Jerusalem, Israel).
2012 “The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among Ultra-Orthodox Women and Amish Women.” Media's Issues, The Department of Mass Communication, Ben Gurion University.
2012 “The Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel.” Ultra-Orthodox Society and Israeli Society: Civil Dilemmas. The Third Annual Conference for Civics Teachers in the State-Religious Education System.
2012 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Scholars' Seminar, Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts).
2012 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” Hadassah-Brandeis Institute public event at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, a Modern Orthodox Synagogue (Newton, Massachusetts).
2012 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” Boston Jewish feminist discussion group. Jewish Women's Archive (Boston, Massachusetts).
2012 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” Board meeting of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
2012 “Gender Issues in Israeli Jewish Society.” Five-part lecture series at the Department of Hebrew, Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts).
2011 “To be a Torah scholar’s Wife: Ultra-Orthodox women’s discourse about their lives in Israeli Haredi Society.” The Colloquium of the Program in Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University.
2009 “Open Spaces? Perceptions of the Internet among Ultra-Orthodox Women Working in Computerized Environments.” Netvision Institute for Internet Studies, Tel Aviv University.
2005 “The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” Lafer Center for Women and Gender Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Conference Presentations (peer reviewed)
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2017 “Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet”, The AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) 49th Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
2017 “To Be a Torah Scholar’s Wife: Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Discourse About Their Lives in Israeli Haredi Society.” Ways of Remembering, Ways of Forgetting: Diasporas In and Out Israel. GDRI SAJ, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, CRFJ, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
2016 “Negotiating Agency: Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet.” The 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2016 “Negotiating Agency: Old Order Amish and Jewish ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet.” Continuity and Change: 50 Years of Amish Society. The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
2015 “Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to New Media”: The Feminist Perspective. International Communication Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2015 “Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to New Media”: The Israeli Communication Association Conference, The Open University, Ra’anana, Israel.
2014 “The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among the Old Order Amish Women.” Media and Religion: The Global View Conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
2014 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective.” The Fifth Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Spiritualties, Tel Aviv University.
2013 “The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among the Old Order Amish Women.” Amish America: Plain Technology in a Cyber World. The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
2013 “A Day in the Life of a Woman in the Old Order Amish Community.” Annual Meeting of the Israeli Anthropological Association, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
2013 “The Conceptions and Attitudes toward Mass Communication among the Old Order Amish Women.” Israel Association for Communication Conference, Bar-Ilan University.
2012 “Saying Without Saying: Ultra-Orthodox Women's Discourse.” International Conference on Ultra-Orthodoxy: Between Modernity and Post-Modernity. Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
2011 “The Creation of a New Women’s Religious Culture: An Integrated Perspective” - Paper delivered at the International Workshop on New Understandings of Gender, Love and the Jewish Family, Jerusalem: Van Leer Institute.
2010 “Saying Without Saying: Ultra-Orthodox Women's Discourse.” The AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) 42nd Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
2010 “A Forum of Their Own: Views About the Internet among Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women who Browse Designated Closed Forums.” The Eastern Communication Association meeting, Baltimore, MD. (Presented by Dr. Azi Lev-On).
2010 “A Forum of Their Own: Views about the Internet among Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women Who Browse Designated Closed Forums.” International Conference on Gender, Religion, and Society, Bar-Ilan University (with Dr. Azi Lev-On).
2009 “Hamodia [newspaper] is 99.” Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem (with Prof. Y. Limor).
2009
“Censorship in the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Press.” Israel Association of Language and Society Studies Conference, David Yellin Academic College (with Prof. Y. Limor).
2009
“The Learners’ Society: Continuity and Change in Characteristics of Education and Employment among Ultra-Orthodox Women.” 25th Annual Conference – Association for Israel Studies (AIS).
2009 “The Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Press Map in Israel.” Israel Association of Political Science Conference, Jezreel Valley College (with Prof. Y. Limor).
2009 “A Forum of Their Own: Studying Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Online Discussion Forums.” Israel Association for Communication Conference, Jezreel Valley College (with Dr. Azi Lev-On).
2009 “To Speak without Speaking: Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Women’s Discourse.” Discourse and Gender in Israel Conference, Israel Association for the Study of Language and Society, Bar-Ilan University.
2009 “A Forum of Their Own: Studying Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Online Discussion Forums.” Israel Sociology Society Conference, College of Management Academic Studies (with Dr. Azi Lev-On).
2007 “The Permitted and the Forbidden in Communication Consumption among Ultra-Orthodox Women.” Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel Conference, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem.
2007 “Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Women and Mass Media in Israel – Exposure Patterns and Reading Strategies. Ultra-Orthodox Women in Israel.” Fanya Gottesfeld-Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism Conference, Bar-Ilan University.
2007 “The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” Discourse and Gender in Israel Conference, Israel Association for the Study of Language and Society, Bar-Ilan University.
2006 “The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” Annual Meeting of the Israeli Anthropological Association, Ashdod.
2006 “The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” International Conference on Gender, Religion, and Society, Bar-Ilan University.
2006 “The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” Communicating: A Student Research Conference, University of Haifa.
2005 “Women’s Images in the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Press.” Fourth Annual Conference, Kolech – Religious Women’s Forum, Jerusalem .
2005 “The Working Ultra-Orthodox Woman’s Image in the Ultra-Orthodox Press.” Israel Association for Feminist and Gender Studies Conference, College of Management Academic Studies.
2005 “Women’s Images in the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Press.” Israel Association for Communication Conference, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
2004 “Women’s Images in the Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Press.” Communicating: A Student Research Conference, University of Haifa.

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