Our working group’s inaugural year was 2016-2017. For posterity, we have collected all of the information about last year’s events on this page.

Call for Participation



Public Symposium (May 5, 2017)

Call for Participation

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to announce the launch of the New York Working Group on Jewish Orthodoxies during AY 2016-2017, generously supported by the American Academy for Jewish Research, Fordham University’s Program in Jewish Studies, and New York University’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. The working group will be hosted by Fordham University’s Jewish Studies Program and Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Lincoln Center.

The Working Group is convened as a response to the growing number of social scientists, particularly in the New York region, conducting research with Orthodox communities (Hasidic, Lithuanian-Yeshivish, Syrian, etc.) at a historical turning point in North American Jewish life: While communities are becoming increasingly Orthodox, Orthodoxy itself is undergoing rapid sociocultural and political change.

The New York Working Group on Jewish Orthodoxies invites social science researchers with a diversity of methodologies and analytic tools to participate in five meetings over the upcoming academic year. Each of the first four meetings will focus on a particular theme and will be a venue for sharing work in progress within an active network of scholars. The final meeting will culminate in a public all-day symposium, leading to a collaborative publication in a major journal venue. Meetings are scheduled from 9-11:30 am on the following Fridays: October 14, 2016; December 2, 2016; February 3, 2017; March 24, 2017; May 5, 2017 (symposium).

We are interested in hearing from junior and senior scholars as well as graduate students. As an interdisciplinary working group with a special interest in developing comparative theoretical frameworks for analyzing religious and cultural life, we also encourage applications from social scientists engaged in research in non-Jewish orthodox or nonliberal communities in the United States, such as Evangelical Christians, Amish and Mennonites, Mormons, Muslims, etc.

Please submit a letter of interest to Ayala Fader ( and Isaac Bleaman ( by June 30, 2016. More information and updates can be found on our website.


Meetings are scheduled from 9-11:30 am on the following Fridays, and will take place at Fordham University, Lincoln Center.

  • October 14, 2016
  • December 2, 2016
  • February 3, 2017
  • March 24, 2017
  • May 5, 2017

Meetings will center around presentations of participants’ work in progress, as well as group discussions of orienting theoretical papers. The meeting in March will be preceded (the evening before) by a lecture by a guest speaker, who will also join in the group discussion on Friday. The final meeting will be in the form of a symposium, to share the group’s work with the public (time tba).



Ayala Fader, Fordham University
Isaac Bleaman, New York University


Gabi Abramac, Fulbright/NYU Steinhardt
Orit Avishai, Fordham University
Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, University of Haifa
Mijal Bitton, New York University
Jonathan Boyarin, Cornell University
Hazal Corak, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Gordon Dale, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Galeet Dardashti, New York University
Ilan Fuchs, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University
Samuel Heilman, Queens College, CUNY
Bethamie Horowitz, New York University
Moshe Krakowski, Yeshiva University
Jessica Lang, Baruch College, CUNY
Brett Levi, New York University
Chaya R. Nove, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Sarah A. Riccardi-Swartz, New York University
Jessica Roda, Concordia University
Marissa M. Rosenfeld, Independent
Shira Schwartz, University of Michigan
Shaul Seidler-Feller, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Naomi Seidman, Graduate Theological Union
Alon Shalev, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University
Sam Shuman, University of Michigan
Miriam Solomon, Temple University
Iddo Tavory, New York University
Matt Williams, Stanford University

Public Symposium

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