Never a Native

Never a Native

by Alice Shalvi


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Shalvi has been a pioneer in advancing the status of women in Israel and in religious girls' education. She has been an active participant in peace dialogues and inter-religious initiatives and has been a social activist all her life.
Born in Germany in 1926 to Orthodox parents, Shalvi grew up in London and studied English at Cambridge, before moving to Jerusalem in 1949 where she went on to pursue a PhD at Hebrew University, eventually teaching English Literature.
In 1950, Shalvi met and married her husband, Moshe Shelkowitz (later Shalvi), who died in 2013. They had six children together.
One of Shalvi's greatest accomplishments was the establishment of the Pelech School which she headed from 1975 to 1990. This experimental/ progressive religious high school for girls in Jerusalem has become a model for women's Orthodox education across the country.
Shalvi was a co-founder of the Israel Women's Network, established to advance the status of women.
In 2007 she was awarded the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievements in the areas of education, social welfare and human rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781905559985
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 935,465
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Born in Essen, Germany in 1926, Alice Shalvi and her family escaped Nazi Germany and established themselves in London. She read English at Cambridge and later emigrated to Israel in 1949, where she became enormously influential in women's education, promoting women's status, peace dialogues and challenging conventional religious practice. Her name is synonymous with social activism and achievement.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi


A Portrait 1

Perl Margulies, My Mother 3

Benzion Margulies, My Father 9

Grandmothers I: Margola, My Oma 15

Grandmothers II: Oma Feige 18


Childhood 21

Adolescence 49

Studies 77

Homecoming 133

The Volcano Erupts

Academia 191

Class 213

The Namir Commission 221

Religion 228

Judaism 231

Education 234

Status 250

Gender Discrimination 256

Art and Culture 267

Media 270

Health 274

Trafficking 277

Israel Defense Forces 280

Palestinians 286

The Schechter Institute Of Jewish Studies 295

My Brother, Of Blessed Memory 301

My Husband 312

Towards An Ending 320

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