Raucher, Michal

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Michal Raucher
Undergraduate Director and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Schools: PhD in Religious Studies, Northwestern University (with a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies), MA in Bioethics: University of Pennsylvania, BA in Hebrew Bible: Jewish Theological Seminary, BA in Religion: Columbia University
Office Address: 14 College Avenue, Miller Hall 104
Email Address: michal.raucher@rutgers.edu
Phone Number: 848-932-1717

 

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of Judaism
  • Jewish women in Israel and America
  • Agency and Authority among religious women
  • Religion and Bioethics
  • Anthropology of Reproduction
  • Reproductive Justice

Research in Progress

“Tapping on the Stained Glass Ceiling: The Ordination of Orthodox Jewish Women in America and Israel.” Interviews and observations started in June 2016.

“Jewish Reproductive Justice: Pronatalism and Pro-Choice Judaism.” In partnership with the CrossCurrents Summer Research Colloquium at Auburn Theological Seminary

Regularly taught courses

  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Israeli Culture
  • Jews and Medicine
  • Jerusalem Contested

Publications

Forthcoming Book

Conceiving Authority: Reproduction and Ethics among Haredi Women in Jerusalem, under contract with Indiana University Press. (Expected Fall 2020).

Journal Articles

“Whose Womb and Whose Ethics? Surrogacy in Jewish Ethics,” Journal of Jewish Ethics, 3.1 (2017). 68-91.

“Ethnography and Jewish Ethics: Lessons from a Case Study in Reproductive Ethics,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 44.4 (2016). 636-658.

“The Cultural and Legal Reproduction of Poverty: Abortion Legislation in Israel.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 30:1 (2014). 147-156.

“What they Mean by ‘Good Science’: The Medical Community’s Response to Boutique Fetal Ultrasounds.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34:5 (2009). 528-544.

Ramarajan, Arulmozhi, Renzong Qiu, Michal Raucher, Ruth Chadwick, Amna Nossier, Shahida Zaidi. “Sexual Rights and Gender Roles in a Religious Context. Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights: 15 Years after the International Conference on Population and Development.” FIGO World Report on Women's Health. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 106:2 (2009). 151-155

Book Chapters

“Be Fruitful and Multiply…Except…Contraception in Judaism: Balancing Competing Values.” Religious Perspectives on Reproductive Ethics, edited by Dena Davis. New York: Oxford University Press. 2019

“Anonymous Intimacy: Orthodox Jewish Women as Legal Advisors on the Internet.” In Digital Judaism, edited by Heidi Campbell, 74-90. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Commentary and Roundtable Contributions 

“Immersing in Climate Change.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. 33.2 (2017). 162-167.

Henning, Alyssa, Michal Raucher, and Laurie Zoloth. “A Jewish Response to the Vatican?” American Journal of Bioethics 9:11 (2009). 37-39.

Zoloth, Laurie, Leilah Backus, Teresa Woodruff, Alyssa Henning and Michal Raucher. “Like/As Metaphor and Meaning in Bioethics Narrative,” American Journal of Bioethics 8:6 (2008). W3-W5

Book Reviews

Review of Michal Kravel-Tovi, When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel. Religious Studies Review (Forthcoming)

Review of Jonathan Saks, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Class of Civilizations. The New Jewish Canon, edited by Claire Sufrin and Yehuda Kurtzer (Forthcoming 2020).

Review of Rebecca Todd Peters, Trust Women: A Progressive Christian argument for Reproductive Justice. The Syndicate Network. May 8, 2019

Review of Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary US. Association for Feminist Anthropology. 2015.

Ethnographic Encounters in Israel: Poetics and Ethics of Fieldwork. H-Judaic. 2015.

Blog Posts (Peer reviewed)

“Even the Allies are Misogynist” Feminist Studies in Religion Blog, May 28, 2019.

“Feminist Ethnography Inside and Outside the Field” Feminist Studies in Religion Blog, May 8, 2018.

“Sexual Assault, Feminism, and the Jews” Feminist Studies in Religion Blog, October 19, 2017.

“‘Facts on the Ground’: An Ironic Approach to Orthodox Female Rabbis?” Feminist Studies in Religion Blog, November 11, 2015.

Op-Eds

“Jewish Law’s Positive View on Contraception,” The New York Jewish Week, February 6, 2018.

Blog Posts (not peer reviewed)

“Let’s Talk about Sex” JTS Torah Commentary, June 7, 2017.

“Facing Our Past and Looking toward the Future” JTS Torah Commentary, May 27, 2016.

“Rachel Leans In,” JTS Torah Commentary, November 5, 2015.

“Dissent is Not a Dirty Word,” JTS Torah Commentary, June 19, 2015.

“The Clothes Make the (Wo)Man,” JTS Torah Commentary, June 13, 2014.

Public Lectures

I teach and lecture on a wide range of topics, including reproduction in Israel, Jewish ethics, Jewish women, and Jewish feminism. For a sample of my teaching style, see this lecture:

“Whose Womb and Whose Ethics? Surrogacy in Jewish Ethics.” Temple Beth Sholom, Cherry Hill, NJ. April 29.

Awarded Grants

2019: CrossCurrents Summer Research Collquium, Auburn Theological Seminary, “Pronatalism and Reproductive Justice in Judaism.”

2016-2017: American Academy of Religion, Individual Research Grant, “Tapping on the Stained Glass Ceiling,” $5,000

2016-2017: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Research Grant, “Tapping on the Stained Glass Ceiling,” $4,000

2015-2016: Israel Institute, Research Grant, “Orthodox Female Clergy in Israel and America,” $8,195

2010-2011: Wenner Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, “Haredi Reproductive Ethics,” $12,995

2010-2011: Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Doctoral Scholarship, “Haredi Reproductive Ethics,” $4,000

2009-2010: Fulbright Fellowship, Institute of International Education, “Haredi Reproductive Ethics.”

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion

Feminist Studies in Religion, board member, co-chair of E-Feminist Studies in Religion

Editorial board member, Journal of Jewish Ethics

Vice President, Society of Jewish Ethics

Association for Jewish Studies

Association for Israel Studies

Faculty News

Professor Nancy Sinkoff's book, From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History, is mentioned in Tablet Magazine. - Read article

Assistant Professor, Michal Raucher, receives AJS Women’s Caucus Cashmere Subvention Award for her book project Birthing Jewish Ethics: Reproduction and Ethics Amon Haredi Women in Jerusalem. This is the first time such additional awards have been given that recognize significant achievement and important scholarship.

Nancy Sinkoff's 2018 volume of Sara Levy's World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin, has been awarded the 2019 Book Prize from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society. - Rutgers, The Current

Assistant Professor, Michal Raucher, received a grant to attend the Teaching with Impact Workshop hosted by the Israel Institute this coming January - Read more

Review of Nancy Sinkoff's book, Sara Levy's World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin -  Read review

Azzan Yadin-Israel writes review in the Marginalia Review of Books, "St. Augustine's Jews and the Undeserving Poor" - Read now

Nancy Sinkoff's blogpost about Sara's Levy's World on the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project - Read More

Gary Rendsburg's new book, "How the Bible is Written" has just been published - Book Information

Paul Hanebrink's new book is reviewed by Christopher Browning - Read Review

Jewish History Matters podcast "Holocaust Memory and the Digital Age with Jeffrey Shandler" - Listen Now

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