ONLINERebuilding Inclusive Community: Rethinking Disability + Taking Action

October 26, 2021 Free
Rabbi Lauren Tuchman (Courtesy photo)

SVIVAH’s next HerTorah will spotlight four fantastic speakers who will teach us about making our Jewish ritual and institutions more accessible and what we can do now, focusing on how we can make concrete, real-world changes. Each educator will share a different aspect of the change-making that is possible in improving our communities.

  • Tobey Lass Karpel, a behavior analyst who has worked with hundreds of kids on the autism spectrum, will discuss “How To Make Your Synagogue More Accessible for $250 or Less.”
  • Sara Portman Milner, co-founder and director of student services at Sunflower Bakery, will lead us in thinking about what the Jewish community can do right now to provide jobs and training for people with disabilities.
  • Rabbi Ruti Regan, a feminist rabbi and theorist at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, will discuss how ritual often excludes Jews with disabilities and how we can move toward ritual that more fully embodies our values.
  • Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, the first blind woman to enter the rabbinate, will discuss Talmudic stories about kevod habriyot, human dignity, and explore how to create Jewish spaces that respect the inherent value of every human being.

Come learn with us; this is Torah that informs the building of community as it should be.

HerTorah gathers together a diverse community of Jewish women to connect over our shared heritage, explore our collective wisdom and elevate our communal experience in learning with and from one another. HerTorah is directed by Rabbanit Aliza Sperling, made possible in part by funds granted by the Covenant Foundation and the Aviv Foundation, presented in partnership with Maharat and inspired by each one of us.

As always, SVIVAH welcomes anyone wishing to be included in a circle of Jewish women. HerTorah welcomes women 12+ and learners of all backgrounds. Questions? Email

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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