Lunch & Learn with Dr. Wendy Zierler, Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, and Blu Greenberg

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Union for Reform Judaism Klau Library

633 Third Avenue

7th floor

New York, NY 10017

Join us at the Union for Reform Judaism Klau Library on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm for a Lunch & Learn with HUC-JIR Professor Dr. Wendy Zierler, Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, and Blu Greenberg.

RSVP needed for entrance into building: dgoldman@urj.org

Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives, edited by Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell and Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer (2013), invites readers into the hearts of 20 women for whom Jewish language and texts provide a lens for understanding their experiences. The authors write about being daughters, mothers, sisters, partners, lovers, and friends. They open their hearts and minds, telling when Jewish tradition has helped make meaning and, on occasion, when it has come up empty.  Copies will be available for sale/signing; discounted to $18.

Wendy Zierler, Ph.D., brings her talents as a reader and interpreter of traditional and modern texts to her work as professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, New York. She is the co-editor and translator of Selected Works of Hava Shapiro (2008) and And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Modern Hebrew Women’s Writing (2004). She served as consulting editor for two issues of Nashim dedicated to the theme of Gender and Books (2008:15 & 16).

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell is the founding director of the Los Angeles Jewish Feminist Center. She now serves as Rabbinic Director of the URJ East Congregational Network. She edited Lesbian Rabbis (2001) and The Open Door Haggadah (2002).

Blu Greenberg, a pioneering feminist in the traditional Jewish community, is founding President of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. Dialogue work has been another long term passion of hers. She has participated in numerous interfaith and inter-denominational enterprises and was co-founder of the Dialogue Group (Jewish/Palestinian women) and founding member of the Jewish Women’s Dialogue. Her books include On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition (1981), How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household (1983), and Black Bread: Poems After the Holocaust (1994).