Dr. Aliza Lavie

Dr. Aliza Lavie



From politics to prayer, from media to academia, BIU's Dr. Aliza Lavie is making her mark in Israel and the Jewish world. A member of Knesset (MK) with the centrist Yesh Atid party, she chairs the Knesset's Committee on the Status of Women, sits on the Finance Committee and spearheads legislation to advance women's rights and gender equality, and boost the number of women reps on key decision-making bodies, such as the judicial appointments  and health basket committees. “When Yair Lapid asked me to join his party, I was excited to have an opportunity to impact,” says Lavie.


The former BIU Schupf – whose PhD thesis focused on radio and gender in Israel – is a member of the Council of the 2nd Authority for TV & Radio, and has hosted Israeli radio and TV programs, including a weekly show on Jewish culture.  Her best-selling  A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book won a National Jewish Book Award and garners widespread interest along with her bar-mitzvah anthology, The Jewish Backpack, and a recent work on women's customs. She also chairs a women's Beit Midrash, actively promotes religious-secular discourse in Tel Aviv, and is on the directorate of a treatment center for young drug addicts.


Formally on leave from the University to serve in the 19th Knesset, the senior lecturer in the BIU School of Communication was instrumental in creating its Center for Media and Religion, which, she believes, "is so unique to Bar-Ilan."  Recently, she joined the School's public diplomacy delegation, "Israel Up-Close 2014," for a 10-day sweep of the US in order to address leaders, policy-makers, scholars and others on key issues.


"The Schupf Fellowship has helped me pursue professional training, advance in academia and realize my career goals,” relays the mother of four, who served as an IDF teacher soldier and later as a Bnei Akiva emissary (with her husband) in Durban, South Africa. "My BIU education in gender and communication has equipped me with knowledge and tools to push through legislation and run committees."  Lavie, who was a Brandeis U research fellow after completing all three BIU degrees in 2002, wants to "encourage other woman to advance in academia."  A role model for many, the MK professes that "Bar-Ilan University – with its commitment to Torah and worldly pursuits, and its plethora of talented scholars – is uniquely positioned to impact on Israel's public sphere."


Last modified: 26/06/2014