It’s Complicated: The Future of the Family Unit

So you think throwing a family get-together in your house is complicated? That means you still haven’t heard of the new families or how family units will look in the future. We gave Prof. Michal Frenkel and Prof. Barbara Okun seats at a 2050 Israeli Passover Seder.  

Prof. Barbara S. Okun

Prof. Barbara S. Okun

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Demographic Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Affiliated with the Hebrew University since her arrival from Princeton University, Professor Barbara Okun is a family and social demographer, studying family structure and labor market behavior, and the impact of intermarriage on ethnic and racial stratification. She is known for challenging theoretical norms using empirical evidence and is currently researching fertility, extended family, and men's roles in domestic labor.

Prof. Michal Frenkel

Prof. Michal Frenkel

Head, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Professor Michal Frenkel is head of the Hebrew University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her research interests include gender, ethnicity, class, and religiosity in and around organizations; organizational aesthetics; and globalization and the sociology of Israel.  One of her well-known studies documents how Israeli employers uniquely allow women who work in hi-tech to strike a balance between work and family life.

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