Rank and File: University of Haifa Art Historian Named as a Humanist of the Year

Plus, Prof. Alice Shalvi in conversation about her life and the Jerusalem College of Technology announces computer science degree exclusively for women

Feminist pioneer Alice Shalvi at age 90. Now, at 92, she has finally published her memoir, “Never a Native.”
Philippe Bellaiche

MATTERS OF THE ART: Art historian Dr. Rachel Perry, a Holocaust studies faculty member at the University of Haifa, has been named one of four “Humanist of the Year” laureates by the Inna and Michael Rogatchi Foundation for her leadership of a groundbreaking museum exhibit at the university’s Hecht Museum. Perry is the chief curator of “Arrivals, Departures,” which was on display there late last year. The exhibition featured the never-before-seen salvaged works of 18 Jewish artists from France whose careers and lives were cut short by the Nazis, known as the Ghez Collection. “The ‘Arrivals, Departures’ exhibition was a labor of love, and so much time and energy were invested in its curation,” said Perry, who hails from New Haven, Connecticut. I am touched and frankly humbled to be included among the other honorees.” The foundation recognized Perry for her “sustainable humanistic teaching methodology” and “visionary art curatorship.”

GO ‘NATIVE’: Prof. Alice Shalvi, Israel’s pioneering religious feminist, will discuss her career and recently published memoir, “Never a Native,” with Amanda Borschel-Dan at Jerusalem’s Beit Avi Chai on Tuesday. Shalvi, who was born in Germany and fled with her family to London as a child, moved to Israel in 1949, initially to help Holocaust survivors. She went on to become founder of the Israel Women’s Network, a principal of the Pelech High School for Girls and an Israel Prize laureate. Copies of her memoir will be on sale for signing by the author. The event is a joint production of The Times of Israel Presents, Beit Avi Chai and Israel B. Organizers expect a full house. For more info, call 02-621-5900.

EMPOWERING RELIGIOUS WOMEN: The Jerusalem College of Technology has announced that it is launching Israel’s only English-language computer science degree program whose classes are offered exclusively to women. The college already has an international program in English for men. The college’s new computer science program for women will combine academic and Torah study, starting in the fall semester of 2019. “Our new international program strives to empower religious women of all backgrounds — from Haredi to Modern Orthodox to everything in between — with the transformative gift of a high-quality academic degree that they can pursue while continuing to embrace a religious lifestyle,” said Bracha Berger, coordinator for the new women’s computer science degree. “Women, and especially religious women, are part of the enormous untapped potential of the Israeli and global population,” added Berger, who is originally from West Hempstead, New York. For more info, contact Bracha at bberger@jct.ac.il

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. 

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