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Rites of Passage: The Spiritual Journey of Alice Shalvi

Directed by: Paula Weinman-Kelman
51 Minutes, 1998

In this intimate documentary portrait, Alice Shalvi shares her thoughts and memories of her public and private life, from her childhood in Essen to her present-day success as a leading Israeli scholar, feminist and peace activist. Prof. Shalvi tells the story of her personal odyssey as a daughter, wife, mother of six, university professor, principal of an experimental girls’ religious school and founding chairwoman of the Israel Women’s Network. The program ends as she begins her present job as Rector of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Paula Weiman-Kelman’s film is a richly textured tribute weaving together home movies, archival footage and Alice’s splendidly told tales.