Neurodivergent Torah: A Celebration of Autistic Culture & Liberation
When her son was diagnosed as Autistic at age 3, Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman dove into the neurodiversity movement to understand Autistic culture from the inside. What she learned there changed her life. As her son blossomed into a proud Autistic identity, Rabbi Shoshana discovered she was Autistic, too, and that the radical reimagining of normal that benefited her child could also transform her wellbeing. Interweaving personal narrative with classical Torah, Rabbi Shoshana will speak on the liberatory message of Autistic culture, not only for Autistics but for all of us.
About Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman
Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman is a late-diagnosed Autistic writer, activist, mother, and passionate creative. Her essays have been published in many venues including The New York Times, Tablet Magazine, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, as well as several anthologies. Her first picture book, “The Tide Is Rising, So Are We: A Climate Movement Anthem,” is forthcoming (Beaming Books, 2025). Rabbi Shoshana is co-founder and director of The Artist Beit Midrash of Hebrew College and JArts, and a public speaker for Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action. She educates widely on Autistic identity, culture, and parenting.+ More... - Less...
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