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Sunday, December 8 • 2:00pm - 2:55pm
High School Track: Navigating Relationships and Sexuality as a Feminist High School Student

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This panel will explore the ways in which students’ feminist beliefs impact their relationships, with a particular focus on navigating traditional gender roles. Panelists will include a therapist, a current college student, and recent college graduates, and will be moderated by high school students. 


Ricki Heicklen

Ricki Heicklen is a senior at SAR High School in Riverdale, NY. She spends her free time working on the school newspaper and Model UN. She loves creative writing, math, and debating feminism on the internet. She wears mismatched socks, refuses to eat dead animals, and wants to be a student when she grows up. She is currently co-chairing the High School track of this year’s conference. 

Shalhevet Schwartz

Shalhevet Schwartz is a junior at SAR High School in Riverdale, NY. As a six-week-old, she got several shout-outs from her mother at the first conference of Orthodoxy and Feminism in 1997, which gave her no option but to get involved in JOFA. She is currently co-chairing the High School track of this year’s confer- ence. Shalhevet enjoys learning Talmud, watching The West Wing, and wearing mismatched socks.


Dr. Esther Altmann

Esther Altmann, Ph.D. is the Director of Pastoral Education at Yeshivat Maharat, the Orthodox program that ordains women as clergy, and is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Formerly on the teaching faculty of NYU, Adelphi University, Drisha, and YCT Rabbinical School, she has also been a supervising psychologist at several NYC hospitals. Dr. Altmann has served as an eating disorders consultant to Jewish Institutions and helped... Read More →

Ami Altzman

Ami Altzman is a New York native, and is currently a first-year student at the joint program of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University. He has worked to create safe spaces for discussion of issues surrounding sexuality and gender through co-founding the Sexuality, Identity, and Society Club at his high school. Amram has also written for the Huffington Post's Teen section, and for MyJewishLearning.com. 

Yedidya Gorsetman

Yedidya Gorsetman recently directed and co-wrote his first feature film, a comedy titled, The Epic Concept. He has a bachelors degree in English Literature from Yeshiva University. And he also has three older sisters who are feminists; and some believe this may have affected him.

Pessy Katz

Pessy Katz grew up in Brooklyn, NY, graduated from Bais Yaakov High School, studied at Touro Col- lege, and was a Dorot Fellow in Israel. She currently works for the College Counseling Department at SAR High School.

Sunday December 8, 2013 2:00pm - 2:55pm

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