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, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2013– Yesh Atid

Aliza Lavie (Hebrew: עליזה לביא‎, born 23 September 1964) is an Israeli academic and politician. She currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Yesh Atid, and is also a well-known author and television personality. Her work focuses on gender issues and multiculturalism in Judaism and Israeli society.[1]


Lavie was born in Kfar Saba and attended the religious Bar-Ilan high school in Netanya, and was also a member of 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 currently reside in Netanya.[2]

Academic career[edit]

Lavie studied at Bar-Ilan University, where she received a BA in 1988, an MA in 1997 and a PhD in 2002. Since 2000, she has served as a senior lecturer at the university's 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 Lavie currently heads the Center for Media and Religion, which attempts to understand the ways in which religions use the media in order to influence the greatest potential audience. The Center looks at this phenomenon with a final focus on its effects in Israel. At Bar-Ilan University Lavie also teaches courses entitled: Gender and Mass Communication; Radio as a Social Instrument; Media and Religion; and Advertising Products as Cultural Space.[2]

Public activities[edit]

Lavie's public activity began in 1988, when she was advisor to Shaul Yahalom, then-political secretary of the National Religious Party. She was Executive Director of the Public Council for Youth Exchange between 1990 and 1996, and founded and chair of Matan (Beit Midrash) Netanya and A Voice (Religious Women's Forum), an organization which served as a founder of the Committee of Management and sexual harassment. Lavie 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.

Lavie's 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.[2]

Political career[edit]

Prior to the 2013 Knesset elections she joined the new Yesh Atid party, and was placed seventh on the party's list.[3] She was elected to the Knesset as the party won 19 seats, and 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.[2] She was placed tenth on the party's list for the 2015 elections,[4] and was re-elected as the party won 11 seats.


Her book "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.[5]


  1. ^ All the kingmaker’s men, and women Times of Israel, 23 January 2013
  2. ^ a b c d Biography Aliza Lavie
  3. ^ Yesh Atid Central Elections Committee
  4. ^ Yesh Atid list Central Elections Committee
  5. ^ Dr. Aliza Lavie to Receive National Jewish Book Award Bar-Ilan University, 8 February 2009

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