Fall Semester: The Traditional Jewish Family Confronts the Nontraditional 21st Century

Rosen Arts Center/Mintzes Theatre
Let Me Hear Thy Voice: Reflections of an Orthodox Journalist: Mrs. Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt
What is it like being an Orthodox Jewish woman in journalism, speaking truth to power? What is it like, reporting on your own community, commenting on societal ills—knowing full well you may have to sit next to the subject of your criticism the next day in synagogue? Does reporting on wrongdoing in the religious community fall under “lashon hara?” And what is the future of Orthodox women's leadership? Chizhik-Goldschmidt will share the story of her journey, the stories she has worked on over the years, and the challenges she has faced, navigating modernity and tradition, as both a journalist and as a traditional “rebbetzin.” The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with Rabbi Chai Posner.

This program is presented in conjunction with The Baltimore Festival of Jewish Literature

Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt is an editor at the “Forward.” She teaches journalism at Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women, and does pastoral work alongside her husband, Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt, in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Her work focuses on Orthodoxy, faith, women's rights and politics.

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