| THE CHRONICLE
From left) Dr. Andrea L. Weiss, Dr. Carole B. Balin, Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, Dr. Wendy Zierler, and Dr. Alyssa Gray.
THE 2008 DR. FRITZ BAMBERGER MEMORIAL LECTURE
Opening the Door to the Deep:
Creating a Women’s Torah Commentary
Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York – March 6, 2008
The Bible: A Women’s Torah Commentary
Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book
of the Year Award
at the 58th National Jewish Book Award ceremony in New York on March 5, 2009.
Published by WRJ and its partner, the URJ Press, this publication was edited by Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi,
Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, and Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible at
HUC-JIR/New York. It is the result of 14 years of work by more than 100 women theologians,
historians, sociologists, scholars, anthropologists, poets, rabbis, and cantors from the United States,
Canada, Israel, and South America. The 2008 Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture celebrated the
publication of this groundbreaking volume, which provides women a voice in commentary.
The presentations by Dr. Weiss and HUC-JIR faculty and contributing authors Dr. Carole B. Balin,
Professor of Jewish History, Dr. Alyssa Gray, Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature, and
Dr. Wendy Zierler, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies, was moderated
by Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, Executive Director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network.