Ofira Fuchs

 Ofira Fuchs

Contact Information

109 Davenport Hall
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
Sociocultural Anthropology

Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • Political Anthropology; Religion and Nationalism; Contemporary Jewish Communities in Israel and in the U.S.

Research Description

I am interested in ways that religious communities change. My current research considers this question through the case of liberalOrthodox Jews in Israel who propose alternatives to dominant modes of publicJudaism through activism and in community life.


  • MA (cum laude) - Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University
  • BA (cum laude) - Anthropology, Hunter College, City University of New York

Distinctions / Awards

  • Gendell Family and Shiner Family Dissertation Fellowship, Program in Jewish Culture and Society
  • Graduate Research Award, American Academy for Jewish Research


  • Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Innovative Ordinariness and Ritual Change in a Jerusalem Minyan Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 2017.