Under My Hat
Chair: Adam Taub
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Sally Berkovic chronicles the challenges of raising daughters while straddling the tensions between an Orthodox religious life and the forces of secularism. In this new edition of Under My Hat she demonstrates how women’s scholarship and mastery of Talmudic texts, the burgeoning movement of Orthodox women clergy, enhanced ritual participation, women’s political and communal leadership and the pushback against the ‘modesty wars’ are shaping an Orthodox community that is struggling to be ‘fit for purpose’ in contemporary society.
Sally Berkovic was born in Australia and is the daughter of Slovakian Holocaust survivors. She studied at Melbourne University and worked as a social worker and academic for ten years. Sally lived in Jerusalem and New York before an epistolary romance brought her to London in 1993 where she established a freelance writing career while her children were young. Since 2009, she has been the CEO of the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, supporting Jewish heritage and culture across Europe
Adam Taub studied Natural Sciences and Law. He practised in the field of Intellectual Property before giving up the Law, much to his grandmother’s concern. He now coaches senior executives for key presentations. He has been a lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies for 20 years and is the co-founder of a charity called Etgar that aims to inspire a love of Jewish learning in young Jewish students.