Online conversation with Delphine Horvilleur and Rebecca Abrams
For International Women’s Day, join Delphine Horvilleur, France’s third female rabbi, in conversation with British author and journalist Rebecca Abrams.
Today, women’s access to religious leadership and knowledge is seen as a revolution. But, Delphine Horvilleur shows that it is something that once existed and was valued before being, as it were, stifled. In Antisemitism Revisited (MacLehose Press, 2021, trans. David Bellos), she demonstrates the permanent link between misogyny and antisemitism throughout history: women and Jews have been blamed for the same things. Giving a voice to those too often deprived of one, she examines the phenomenon of hatred as experienced by those who endure it and who, through narration and literature, succeed in overcoming it.
Mon 8 March 6.30pm | £5
As part of Women’s International Day
Delphine Horvilleur is one of the few female Rabbis in France. She was ordained in America, as there was no possibility to study in France as a woman, and belongs to the Mouvement juif liberal de France (MJLF). She drew media attention in the wake of the rise of antisemitic attacks and vandalism in France for her consistently compelling case for secularism and her strong feminist stance on social justice issues. She has written for the Washington Post and Haaretz, and is the author of En tenue d’Eve: féminin, pudeur et judaïsme, and Comment les rabbins font des enfants, both published by Grasset.
You can buy the book Antisemitism revisited on Bookshop (support your local booskeller).
Rebecca Abrams is a British author, teacher and journalist. Her books include Touching Distance, The Jewish Journey, and Woman in a Man’s World. She is a long-standing tutor on the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford and a regular literary critic for the Financial Times.