Rachel Werczberger received her Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2011 with a dissertation on the subject of “Jewish Spiritual Renewal in Israel and the New Age Movement.” Her research interests include New Age spirituality, new (religious) social movements, gender and religion and sociology and anthropology of Judaism. Her recent publications include: “On Femininity and Messianism: An Ethnography of Ba’alot Tshuva in Habad” in To be a Jewish Women: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of Kolech-Religious Women’s Forum, 2007 (in Hebrew), and "New Age Culture in Israel: Social, Ideological and Political Aspects” in Israel Studies Review 29(2) (2014, co-written with Boaz Huss). During her fellowship at the Katz Center Dr. Werczberger will continue research on the topic of Jewish prayer in late-modernity and the emergence of new Jewish emotional styles.

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Rachel Werczberger (2015-2016)