Z. Charmé, Professor of Religion (B.A., Columbia
University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago) Professor
Charmé, an internationally recognized expert on the
work of Jean-Paul Sartre, published two books, Meaning
and Myth in the Study of Lives: A Sartrean Approach
and Authenticity: Dimensions of Otherness in the World of
Sartre, and many articles on existentialism. He
is the recipient of fellowships from the American Council
of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the
Humanities. In 1993-94 he served as Resident Director of
the Rutgers Study Abroad Program in Israel.
is a specialist in the psychology of religion and has a
particular interest in the religious ideas of children.
For over 10 years, Dr. Charmé has been interviewing
Jewish children and adolescents about their religious ideas
and their feelings about various Jewish issues. In particular,
he has focused on questions of gender in children’s
understanding of Jewish history and practice. Dr. Charmé
is available to speak about issues of gender and Jewish
identity in children and adolescents.
here for abstracts of Dr. Charme's research
and/or summaries of his CCCS Seminar Series' presentations.
>>> To learn more about his film, "Kotel:
Jewish Teens on Gender and Tradition,"
visit his website:
interest in the religious ideas of children focuses on gender
differences in children's understanding of biblical stories
such Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden and various religious
rituals. He is currently working on a book dealing with
the development of religious and ethnic identity in Jewish
children and adolescents.
a short film, titled "Kotel:
Jewish Teens on Gender and Tradition"
on the Western Wall (the Kotel) in Jerusalem is the most
sacred Jewish site in the world, representing what most
Jews consider a link to the authentic traditions of their
past. Yet it is also a place where Orthodox rules for separating
men and women are the norm. This film explores how a new
generation of American Jews make sense of the practices
at the Kotel in light of the dramatic changes in the roles
for Jewish women in recent years.
For more information, visit http://crab.rutgers.edu/~scharme/kotel.htm
"The Gender Question and the Study of Jewish Children," Religious Education , Winter 2005-6.
of Authenticity and Jewish Identity" Jewish Social
Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, March 2000.
Authenticity, and Jewish Identity," Shofar: An Interdisciplinary
Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 16, no. 3, Spring 1998,
Story of Adam and Eve and the Development of Children's
Gender Identity," Journal for Feminist Studies of Religion,
vol. 13, no. 2, Fall 1997, pp. 27-44.
Sexism and the Gender Identity of Children," in The
Power of Gender in Religion, edited by Georgie A. Weatherby
and Susan A. Farrell (New York: McGraw Hill Co., Inc., 1996),
Years After Sartre: The Question of Authentic Jewish Identity,"in
Memory, History, and Critique: European Identity at the
Millennium (Proceedings of the 6th International Society
for the Study of European Ideas Conference at the University
for Humanist Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands), edited
by Frank Brinkhuis and Sascha Talmor, August 1996.
Varieties of Modern and Postmodern Jewish Identity,"
Religious Studies Review, July 1996, pp. 215-222.
Multiculturalism, and the Jewish Situation," Journal
of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol. 25, no. 2
(May 1994), pp. 183-188.
Fellowships, and Awards
grant for film "Kotel: Jewish teens on Gender and Tradition
for the Study of Children and Childhood, 2000-2001
"The Emerging Jewish Identities of Childhood and Adolescence"
Research Council Grant, 1996-97
"Religion and Gender Identity of Children"
Endowment for the Humanities, 1995-96
Fellowship for College Teachers
("Religious Dimensions of Jean-Paul Sartre")
Research Colloquium Fellowship, 1985
Associates for Religion and Intellectual Life
("The 'Jews for Jesus' Heresy")