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The Remember the Women Institute and The Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research,Bar-Ilan University, Israel invite you to an International Conference in Israel

Depicting Violated Jewish Women During the Holocaust
In Memory of Nava Semel
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Beck Hall, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Co-sponsored by:
The Remember the Women Institute, New York
The Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research, Bar-Ilan University

With the cooperation of:
Bar-Ilan University's Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism, Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry Department of Jewish Art, Sal Van Gelder Center for the Study of Holocaust Teaching

PROGRAM:

9:30-10:00
Pre-conference gathering, coffee and snacks

10:00-10:40
Opening Session. Chair: Dr. Batya Brutin, Remember the Women Institute and Bar-Ilan University

10:00-10:10
Greetings: Prof. Kimmy Caplan, Chair, the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University. Prof. Ilya Rodov, Chair, Jewish Art Department, Bar-Ilan University

10:10-10:30
Greetings from Conference Organizers and Explanation of Conference Rationale (in English): Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Director, Remember the Women Institute, New York, NY. Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz, Director, the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research, Bar-Ilan University

10:30-11:40
First Session: Violated Jewish Women during the Holocaust (in English). Chair: Prof. Zehavit Gross, Director, the Sal Van Gelder Center for the Study of Holocaust Teaching, Bar-Ilan University

10:30-10:50
Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel,
Remember the Women Institute: "Violated Women during the Holocaust: An Overview"

10:50-11:10
Dr. Sonja Hedgepeth,
Middle Tennessee State University: "Nava Semel as a Retrospective Voice of Jewish Women in the Holocaust"

11:10-11:30
Dr. Batya Brutin, Remember the Women Institute and Bar-Ilan University: "Violated Jewish Women during the Holocaust in the Visual Arts"

11:30-11:40
Discussion among panelists, audience

11:40-12:00
Coffee Break

12:00-13:15
Second Session: "Representations of Violated Women during the Holocaust by Second Generation Israeli Female Artists: An Intergenerational Memory," Round Table Discussion (in Hebrew). Moderator: Dr. Batya Brutin, Remember the Women Institute and Bar-Ilan University. Participants: Dr. Ayana Friedman, Anat Masad, Dvora Morag, Hana Shir, Dvora Weg Zelichov.

13:15-14:00
Lunch Break

14:00-15:30
Third Session: "Violated Women during the Holocaust in Various Art Forms" (in English). Chair: Prof. Yael Shemesh, Director, The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Institute for the Study of Women in Judaism, Bar-Ilan University

14:00-14:20
Dr. Liat Steir-Livny, Sapir Academic College, "The Misrepresentation of Women Holocaust Survivors in Israeli Fiction Films"

14:20-14:40
Ronnie Sarnat, Filmmaker, Excerpts from her documentary, Screaming Silence

14:40-15:00
Dr. Mor Presiado, Bar-Ilan University, "Violence against Women during the Holocaust: A Multi-Generational Look at Art"

15:00-15:20
Rebecca Pristoop, Curator and Director of Art Connects New York, "Art Depicting Violated Women in Other Genocides"

15:20-15:30
Discussion among panelists, audience

15:30-15:45
Coffee Break

15:45-17:00
Fourth Session: In Memory of Nava Semel. Introduction to the session: Dr. Batya Brutin. Greetings by the Honorable Colette Avital, Director, Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel. Short film about Nava Semel, created by Aya Elia. Remarks by Ilil Semel. Presentation of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research "Jewish Women's Holocaust Voices Award" to Noam Semel in memory of Nava Semel. Response by Noam Semel Musical/dramatic presentation in memory of Nava Semel by Ola Shor Selektar. Panel Discussion: "Remembering Nava Semel" (in English), introduced by Dr. Batya Brutin. Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz: "Nava Semel, My Friend: Shared Memories of an Uncommon Past." Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel: "Nava Semel's Connection to Remember the Women Institute." Dr. Sonja Hedgepeth: "My Encounters with Nava Semel and Her Work." Closing remarks about the Conference: Dr. Rochelle Saidel and Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz.

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A virtual exhibition of related art will be part of the conference and shown in the gallery located at the entrance to the Jewish Studies Building (410).

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND, PLEASE RSVP TO INFO@REMEMBERWOMEN.ORG.

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