The Annual Blanche and Irving Laurie Lecture in Jewish Women’s Studies
“Finding God: What Our Foremothers Can Teach Us - An Exploration of Modern
Jewish Women’s Spirituality”
Wednesday, June 16th at 7:30 PM
Admission is Free
Photo ID required for entrance
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th street (Between Broadway and Mercer)
New York City
Dr. Ellen M. Umansky, a leading scholar and commentator on Judaism and women
and modern Jewish history and thought, will speak on her current research on
modern Jewish women’s spirituality.
Dr. Umansky received her Master of Arts degree in Religion from Yale University
and her doctorate from Columbia University. She has taught at Emory University,
Haverford College, Vassar College, Princeton University, Columbia University
and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is co-editor of Four
Centuries of Jewish Women’s Spirituality: A Sourcebook (Beacon Press,
1992); author of two books on Lily Montagu, founder and leader of the Liberal
Jewish movement in England - Lily Montagu and the Advancement of Liberal Judaism:
From Vision to Vocation and Lily Montagu: Letters, Addresses, Sermons and Prayers.
She has written numerous articles on Jewish theology, women and Judaism, and
more broadly on modern Jewish history and thought. Since 1994 she has served
as the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies at Fairfield University
in Fairfield, Connecticut. She has long been a member of the Editorial Board
of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and a member of the Executive
Committee of the Jewish Peace Fellowship. Currently she serves as Chair of the
panel in Jewish Philosophy and Thought for the Koret Foundation’s annual
Jewish Book Award, given under the auspices of the National Foundation for Jewish
Culture. She also serves on the Academic Advisory Boards of the Jewish Women’s
Archives in Boston, the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish
Women at Brandeis University, and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
She recently completed a book entitled From Christian Science to Jewish Science:
Spiritual Healing and American Jews, to be published by Oxford University Press
in November 2004.
This lecture is sponsored by the The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and
Women’s Rabbinic Network in honor of Rabbi Sally J. Priesand Visiting
Professorship in Jewish Women’s Studies, and is co-sponsored by Lilith
Magazine and UJA-Federation of New York’s Task Force on the Jewish Woman.