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Lea Taragin-Zeller

Lea Taragin-Zeller is a medical and social anthropologist with research interests in  religion, ethics, medical anthropology, gender and reproductive politics. She is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an affiliated scholar at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc), University of Cambridge. Lea has published in leading international journals, such as American Anthropologist, Medical Anthropology, and Public Understanding of Science. Her book The State of Desire: Religion and Reproductive Politics in the Promised Land is forthcoming with NYU Press Image cr Oron Film Production
The Future Face of the Jewish State
Israel today is navigating internal struggles over what kind of Jewish state it wants to be—a debate that is playing out through tensions over reproduction. As demographic forecasts show that by 2065 Haredim will constitute a third of Israel’s Jewish population, Israeli policy makers have attempted to manage the rapid increase through steep cutbacks in child benefits. Lea Taragin-Zeller of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers an overview of these Jewish ‘womb-...