Taught by Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz
6 sessions, Sunday mornings 9:30 – 10:45 am
November 2, 9, 16, 23; December 7, 14
In this class we will explore the origins of the Jewish Feminist movement in the United States from its inception – the early day consciousness-raising meetings, the formation of the New York based Ezrat Nashim Movement (women’s section), and the feminist manifesto “Call to Change.”
We will examine the particulars of Feminism within the different Jewish denominations, in the Orthodox world, and in Israel. We will learn of the struggle to count women in minyan (and when it actually became practice), the ordination of the first women rabbis, and the ongoing work for full inclusion of women in religious life. We will discuss the role of Jewish feminist poetry, literature, and Bible commentary. We will also learn about the lives and teachings of the leading voices within the Jewish feminist movement.
Through this study we will deepen our understanding of how far we have come in a short span of time, and yet how far we have yet to travel before the goals of Jewish Feminism are fully realized. This class is most certainly not only for women!
The title of this course is a paraphrase on Rachel Adler’s famous feminist article of 1971, on halacha (Jewish law) and women.
Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz is Rabbi and Education Director at Temple B’nai Brith. She received Rabbinic ordination at the Rabbinic School at Hebrew College in Newton, where she also earned an MA in Judaic Studies. Born and raised in Israel, Rabbi Eliana studied fashion design and attended law school at Tel Aviv University. In the US, she earned a BA in history from Colorado University and an MA in medieval history from Boston University. She edited the Hebrew translation of These Are the Words by Arthur Green (Yediot Acharonot Press, 2008).
Please take $15 off when registering for any two courses.
Take $40 off when registering for any three courses.
Event Location: Temple B’nai Brith
201 Central St, Somerville, Massachusetts, 02145
Until Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 9:30 am
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