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AbstractThe goal of the dissertation thesis is to present and to analyze experiences of Czech lewish women who discover their lewish roots and of those who are becoming lewish through conversion in Prague and in Israel. These experiences are placed in the context of general understandings of religion, religious conversion, ethnic identity, authenticity and women's choices about their roles in society in the 21st century. I examine the ways, in which these women conduct their search for forms of lewish affiliation, their struggle to construct model s of being lewish, and their attempts at legitimizing or authenticating their belonging to the lewish collective. The thesis presents a qualitative study of lewish identity in young Czech women between ages 23 and 31, drawn from across Czech Jewish community. I conducted 16 semistructured in-depth interviews and spent 5 months doing participant observation. The narrative analysis employs the principles of grounded theory (as described by Glaser & Strauss 1967, Strauss & Corbin 2007). The analysis focuses on the patterns involved in narrating identity.