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Dr. Elana Sztokman

Award-winning author,
anthropologist, researcher, speaker,  group facilitator, strategist, educator,
activist, indie publisher, writing coach, ghost-writer, editor, consultant.....

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"A must-read"

-- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

About Me

About Elana

2021 Release: Conversations with my body

Essays on my life as a Jewish woman

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Unflinchingly and personally, she describes the impact on women’s body images, aspirations, and self esteem from the perspective of the injured parties. This was a very moving collection.”  

  • Prof Rabbi Rachel Adler, professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Judaism and Gender at Hebrew Union College


“This is a life’s work: Dr Elana Sztokman admits she is ‘in recovery from religious-spiritual-emotional-sexual-abuse’ and this searingly honest collection explains why. Elana confronts the Orthodox life that shaped her childhood, highlighting the control of women’s bodies, of her own body, through essays including a focus on hair, voice, modesty and fat-shaming. This extensive collection juxtaposes her academic work about Jewish women with her own retelling of experiences creating Jewish feminist spaces in her family and community.”

  • Sally Berkovic, author of Under My Hat: An Orthodox Woman Speaks Out for her Daughters


“While we already know that Dr. Sztokman says it like it is, in the best of ways. She demonstrates exceptional bravery in this compilation. Conversations with My Body is on point, is vulnerable, breaks down walls, and provides an important contribution to the conversation. I hope that it encourages and allows the conversations to actually happen.”

  • Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, Jewish feminist activist, writer, social entrepreneur, and thought-leader.  


Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman is an award-winning feminist thought-leader, author,  educator, speaker, consultant, and activist whose research and ideas help shape a vision for a compassionate society.

A two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Council Award in the categories of Education and Women's Studies, as well as a winner of the Gourmand Award in the category of fundraising, Elana writes and speaks around the world about issues of gender, culture, politics, business, religion, and society. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, The Independent, The Jerusalem Report, Everyday Feminism, Lilith, Haaretz, The Forward, and many more. 

Elana is the founder of the Jewish Feminist Academy, and Lioness Books and Media,  

where she works to amplify voices of women, non-binary, and other marginalized groups, and create platforms for shifting power relationships in society and culture. 

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