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Lea Taragin-Zeller

Research Fellow

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Lea Taragin-Zeller is a doctoral student at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting graduate student at the University of Cambridge.

Her academic interests lie at the intersection between gender, text, body and religion.

Lea has published widely on modesty practices of female ultra-Orthodox teenagers in Jerusalem and is now completing her PhD dissertation about family planning and contraceptive use among religious Jews in Israel. At the Woolf Institute, she is currently working on a comparative study about female authority and leadership in contemporary Judaism and Islam.

Selected Publications

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2017, "Have Six, Seven, or even Eight Children": On the Daily Encounters between Rabbinical Authority and Personal Freedom In: Judaism, Sovereignty and Human Rights, vol 3. pp. 113-138

Taragin-Zeller, Lea and Stadler, Nurit, 2017, Like a Snake in Paradise: Fundamentalism, Gender and Taboos in the Haredi Community, In: Archives des Sciences Sociales des Religions, No. 177, pp. 133-156.

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2015, Between Modesty and Beauty: Reinterpreting Female Piety in the Israeli Haredi Community, In: Fishman Barack, Sylvia (ed.), Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families Today:  Paradoxes of the Gender Revolution, Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, pp. 308-326.

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2014, Modesty for Heaven's Sake: Authority and Creativity among Female Ultra-Orthodox Teenagers in Israel, Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, 26, Spring 5774, pp. 75-96.


Reporting from the 2018 conference of Jewish-Muslim women's network, Nisa-Nashim. The panel on head covering provided an open and inspiring space for dialogue about freedom and choice. We spoke to panel chair Reina Lewis as well as panel guests Lindsay Simmonds, Elizabeth Arif-Fear and Rabia Mirza.

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