Episode 93: Alice Shalvi: Israeli Feminist Pioneer

Alice Shalvi has been an Israeli feminist pioneer for decades. Born in Germany and raised in England, she moved to Israel in 1949, a young woman excited to help build a new state. She’s spent her life there, working for gender equality and a more just society. In this episode of Can We Talk?, Judith Rosenbaum joins us to tell Alice’s story, and to talk about the ways she’s fought to make Israel a better country. You'll also hear excerpts from conversations between Judith and Alice.



Released May 22, 2023
  • Alice Shalvi teaching at Hebrew University. Photo courtesy of Alice Shalvi. 

  • Alice Shalvi with her husband, Moshe, and her six children after the birth of her youngest child, Pnina, in 1967. Photo courtesy of Alice Shalvi. 

  • Alice Shalvi burning ketubot, the standard Jewish marriage contracts that give the husband "possession" of his wife. Photo courtesy of Alice Shalvi. 

  • Alice Shalvi at a protest outside the Central Post Office in Jerusalem. Photo courtesy of Alice Shalvi. 

  • Alice Shalvi on the roof of the Pelech school with parents and staff. Photo courtesy of Alice Shalvi. 

  • Judith Rosenbaum and Alice Shalvi at a book signing for Alice's memoir, Never A Native, in 2018. Photo courtesy of Judith Rosenbaum. 

  • Alice Hildegard Shalvi, Israeli professor, educator, and feminist.

    Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa.
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, 2001.
    Credit: Private collection
  • Alice Shalvi Teaching at Hebrew University - woman standing behind a desk
  • Alice Shalvi and her famil - woman holding baby and surrounded by 5 other children and her husband
  • Alice Shalvi Burning Ketubot: a woman lights Jewish marriage documents on fire
  • Alice Shalvi at Protest: Sign reads "Women are 50% of the population"
  • Alice Shalvi at the Pelech School - woman standing with other people seated around her
  • Alice Shalvi & Judith Rosenbaum 2018
  • Alice Hildegard Shalvi

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 93: Alice Shalvi: Israeli Feminist Pioneer." (Viewed on September 27, 2023) <https://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/episode-93-alice-shalvi-israeli-feminist-pioneer>.


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