Aliza Lavie

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Aliza Lavie
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Date of birth (1964-09-23) 23 September 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Kfar Saba, Israel
Knessets 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2013– Yesh Atid

Aliza Lavie (Hebrew: עליזה לביא‎, born 23 September 1964) is an Israel academic and politician. A member of Yesh Atid, she was seventh on the party's list for the 2013 Knesset elections.[1] She is also a well-known author and television personality. Her work focuses on gender issues and multiculturalism in Judaism and Israeli society.[2]

Personal Life[edit]

Aliza was born in Kfar Saba. She attended the religious high school "Bar - Ilan" in Netanya and was educated in the Bnei Akiva youth movement. After graduation, she served in the IDF as an educator. She is married to attorney Zuriel Lavie and following their marriage in 1987, the couple served as emissaries of Bnei Akiva in Durban, South Africa. They have four children and she and her family currently reside in Netanya.[3]

Academic Activities[edit]

Dr. Lavie studied at Bar-Ilan University, where she received a BA (1988), MA (1997), and PhD (2002). Since 2000, she has served as a senior lecturer at the School of Communications. Her doctoral dissertation, "Israel Radio and Gender" (2002), dealt with the issue of gender newsreels and current affairs programs on public radio. She also spent a year as a research fellow at Brandeis University, analyzing media and gender and cultural role of women in Judaism. At Bar Ilan University, Dr. Lavie currently spearheads The Center for Media and Religion which has, as its goal, an attempt to understand the ways in which religions use the media in order to influence the greatest potential audience. The Center will look at this phenomenon the world-over with a final focus on its effects in Israel. At Bar-Ilan University Dr. Lavie also teaches courses entitled: Gender and Mass Communication; Radio as a Social Instrument; Media and Religion; and Advertising Products as Cultural Space.[4]

Public Activities[edit]

Aliza's public activity began in 1988, when she was advisor to Shaul Yahalom, then-political secretary of the Mafdal (National-Religious) party. She was Executive Director of the Public Council for Youth Exchange between 1990-1996. Lavie is the founder and chairman of Matan (Beit Midrash) Netanya and A Voice (Religious Women's Forum), an organization which served (2002-5) as a founder of the Committee of Management and sexual harassment. Aliza is also a member of the Kolech forum for religious women and a board member of the "Izun" center for treatment and rehabilitation of youth in drug-related or spiritual crisis following backpacking trips overseas. Lavi social initiatives concern issues in conversion. She is one of the founders of the Public Committee for Conversion and one of the initiators of the petition filed in the High Court against the marriage official who refused to register the marriage of someone converted during their military service.[5]

Political Career[edit]

In 2013, Aliza became of member of the 19th Knesset. Dr. Lavie became Chairwoman of the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality. She is also a member of the Finance committee as well as an alternate on the National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee.[6]


Dr. Lavie's "A Jewish Women's Prayerbook" was selected in 2008 to receive a coveted National Jewish Book Award from the Jewish Book Council in the United States. The book is a collection of prayers which draw from a variety of Jewish traditions, through the ages, to commemorate every occasion and every passage in the cycle of life, from the mundane to the extraordinary. The work includes special prayers for the Sabbath and holidays and important dates of the Jewish year; prayers to mark celebratory milestones, such as bat mitzvah, marriage, pregnancy, and childbirth; and prayers for comfort and understanding in times of tragedy and loss. Each prayer, culled from a wide range of sources, both geographically and historically, is presented in Hebrew and alongside an English translation, along with a fascinating commentary on its origins and allusions. [7]


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