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Language in Chanshi
June 4, 2023, 10-11:30am Pacific / 1-2:30pm Eastern / 8-9:30pm Israel
Hebrew and Orthodox Jewish English in “Chanshi”

The Israeli show Chanshi features a young Orthodox woman from Brooklyn who makes aliyah. In Jerusalem, she encounters a whole new world: the Mizrahi Jews and tough Israeli soldiers she fantasizes about, her religious friend struggling with her sexual orientation, and a gaggle of English-speaking women. Although the show deals with intense issues - such as Israeli politics, religiosity, sexuality, mental illness, and assault - it offers a delightful viewing experience. It also provides an insider’s look into the language of American immigrants to Israel, especially their seamless mixing of Hebrew and Orthodox Jewish English. This event analyzes that language use, bringing two of the show’s creators and stars in conversation with two scholars who analyze language.

Aleeza Chanowitz - creator, star
Marnina Schon - co-star
Sarah Bunin Benor, Hebrew Union College - linguist, Jewish English
Sharon Avni, CUNY - linguist, Hebrew-English language contact

Jun 4, 2023 10:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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