Event details

Followed by Q&A with Dina Brawer and Ada Rapaport Albert. Chaired by Judy Ironside MBE.

Attending this event

Dina Brawer

Dina Brawer was born in Milan and raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. She holds a BA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of London and an MA in Education and Psychology from the Institute of Education, London and is currently studying for Orthodox rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat Maharat in New York. She developed an interest in Jewish Orthodox Feminism over the last decade and in her role as JOFA UK Ambassador she has initiated a feminist movement within Orthodox Judaism. Dina was recently listed in The Jewish Chronicle’s Power 100 List of individuals who are most influential in shaping the UK Jewish community.

Ada Rapaport-Albert

Ada Rapoport-Albert  is Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and Head of the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL. In addition to her extensive work on Hasidism, her interests include gender issues in the history of Judaism, especially the gendered perception of the ascetic life and its implications for the Jewish mystical tradition. She is currently completing a book entitled Female Bodies – Male Souls: Asceticism and Gender in the Jewish Mystical Tradition, and has published a monograph in Hebrew on the position of women in the 17th-19th century messianic heresy of Sabbatai Zevi and his successors, including the Polish adventurer Jacob Frank and his daughter Eva.

Films screening at this event

The Women’s Balcony

original title
ישמח חתני
Emil Ben-Shirmon
Shlomit Nehama
Avraham Aviv Alush, Yafit Asulin, Orna Banai
96 min

“Viewers will leave the theater in a joyous mood.” – Variety
“An entertaining, feel-good comedy.” – The Hollywood Reporter

The building site of a new synagogue located at the heart of a close-knit community in Jerusalem turns into a battleground between husbands and wives, when a new charismatic rabbi decrees that it will not include a women’s balcony – thus barring them altogether from religious services. The Women’s Balcony is a joyous, riotous and thought provoking portrayal of a community striving for equality, which has deservedly become a global hit.

Winner, Best Screenplay Award  UK International Jewish Film Festival 2017