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November, 2018

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Efrat Sadras-Ron is an Israeli national with a Doctorate degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Michigan State University. Her academic interests include socio-cultural identity, everyday sovereignty and secularity. She has published two papers based on her MA thesis. The first, an article In Identity Studies concentrating on Jewish revival in Post-Soviet Cuba. The second, is a chapter in an edited volume Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization, concentrating on hybrid identities among Cuban Jews. As an independent scholar, Efrat serves as a real-estate agent and partner in a real-estate investment company to support her academic career (and her family). She has been residing in Chicago, Illinois, USA for the last four years. She recently discovered the power (physical and mental) of martial arts.  Now that she has finished her PhD she is ready to take on the task of learning how to do a cart-wheel so she can get her yellow belt in Kung Fu. Efrat is currently working on publishing her dissertation focusing on Jewish secularity in Israel. Her research provides a more positive understanding of secularity apart from its common conception as ‘none-religious’. She shows how secular institutions are able to balance individual creativity and expression, championed by secularity, on the one hand, and conformity and continuity necessary for the establishment of a cohesive institution on the other. Further implications of this research involve a discussion of group belonging in the fluid modern society we live in; thus leading to a more dynamic understanding of identity and the prioritization of the term identification over identity. 

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Efrat Sadras-Ron is an Israeli national with a Doctorate degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Michigan State University. Her academic interests include socio-cultural identity, everyday sovereignty and secularity. She has published two papers based on her MA thesis. The first, an article In Identity Studies concentrating on Jewish revival in Post-Soviet Cuba. The second, is a chapter in an edited volume Constructing Identity in an Age of Globalization, concentrating on hybrid identities among Cuban Jews. As an independent scholar, Efrat serves as a real-estate agent and partner in a real-estate investment company to support her academic career (and her family). She has been residing in Chicago, Illinois, USA for the last four years. She recently discovered the power (physical and mental) of martial arts. Now that she has finished her PhD she is ready to take on the task of learning how to do a cart-wheel so she can get her yellow belt in Kung Fu. Efrat is currently working on publishing her dissertation focusing on Jewish secularity in Israel. Her research provides a more positive understanding of secularity apart from its common conception as ‘none-religious’. She shows how secular institutions are able to balance individual creativity and expression, championed by secularity, on the one hand, and conformity and continuity necessary for the establishment of a cohesive institution on the other. Further implications of this research involve a discussion of group belonging in the fluid modern society we live in; thus leading to a more dynamic understanding of identity and the prioritization of the term identification over identity.

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