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Sunday, June 17 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Modesty stripped bare: body image, dress codes, and Jewish law

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Super-thin semi-naked models plastered on billboards, religious women covered head to toe, female politicians labelled too dowdy or too sexy — contemporary messaging about women’s bodies and sexuality is contradictory and complex, and all the more so in the Jewish world, where the value and laws of modesty often dominate the conversation. What do religious dress codes mean for women’s self-image? Does ‘covering up’ avoid objectification of women or perhaps worsen it? How can we navigate these issues to raise body-confident and healthy children? Grapple with these issues alongside our panel of experts and educators.

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Shirli Kirschner

Shirli is a consultant providing strategy and dispute resolution services. She is a Director of Resolve Advisors. She has won a number of awards for dispute resolution, and is listed in Who’s Who International for commercial mediation. Shirli is a Senior Visiting Fellow at UNSW... Read More →

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Sharon Berger

Sharon is the program manager for the New Israel Fund Australia. She is a proud feminist, member of the Masorti community at Emanuel Synagogue and mother of two at Emanuel School. She has attended and organised many Limmuds. A former journalist who currently writes a monthly column... Read More →
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Miriam Charak

Miriam grew up in Bondi and now studies Engineering/Arts at UNSW. She has spent time in multiple Jewish educational contexts, all with religiously motivated dress codes: she attended Kesser Torah and Moriah College, studied Jewish texts at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem and, having... Read More →
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Ariana Elias

Ariana is a clinical psychologist specialising in body image and eating disorders. In 2014 Ariana developed the prevention program ‘Raising Body-Confident Kids’ to educate and empower parents to help protect their children from developing body dissatisfaction. Ariana has shared... Read More →
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Chaya Gourarie

Originally from Melbourne, Chaya attended Beth Rivkah and furthered her studies at Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim. With a passion for educating youth and empowering young Jewish women, Chaya has worked and volunteered in Jewish schools and youth groups around Australia and overseas... Read More →

Sunday June 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST