From the first woman to serve as a pulpit rabbi in Berlin to the first woman rabbi to serve in the British parliament, from the tremendous contributions of women’s scholarship to the flourishing of women’s midrash, poetry, liturgy, and song, women rabbis have had a profound impact on the rabbinate and the trajectory of Jewish life in the past 50 years.
On October 29, Hebrew College, Jewish Women’s Archive and Temple Beth Zion, with the support of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation and the Bronfman Youth Fellowships, will bring together five rabbis to share their reflections, in a spirited evening of stories and song.
“Uncharted Journeys: Women Rabbis and the Transformation of Jewish Life,” moderated by Dr. Judith Rosenbaum, executive director of Jewish Women’s Archive, will feature Rabbis Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Dianne Cohler-Esses, Laura Geller, and Claudia Kreiman.
“We represent a rich range of generational perspectives, religious and cultural backgrounds, and professional paths – and we also share a variety of personal and professional connections with one another,” Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College explained. “One thing we all share is a connection to the Bronfman Youth Fellowships community, and in that context we’ve been inspired by Edgar Bronfman’s commitment to the transformation of Jewish life, and to women’s leadership in particular.”
In recognition of those connections, this evening is dedicated to the memory of Edgar Bronfman z”l in celebration of his final book, Why be Jewish?, which will be available for purchase at the event.
Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m.
General Admission $10, includes Dessert Reception