LOS ANGELES : Dr. Rachel Adler has been awarded the 2000 Tuttleman Foundation Book Award by Gratz College for her nationally acclaimed book Engendering Judaism: A New Theology and Ethics, announced Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Presented by Gratz College, the 2000 Tuttleman Foundation Book Award were announced on Thursday, October 5, 2000.
Established in 1996 by Gratz College, the Tuttleman Foundation Book Award is presented annually to commemorate Gratz College's Centennial. The Tuttleman Foundation Book Award has become a nationally recognized tribute to exemplary scholarship.
"Dr. Adler continues to bring honor to HUC-JIR.Engendering Judaism is one of the most significant works of Reform Jewish theology to appear at the end of the twentieth century, and it is only fitting that Dr. Adler be presented with the Tuttleman Foundation Book Award," said Rabbi Zimmerman.
Dr. Adler is the Assistant Professor of Jewish Religious Thought and Feminist Studies at HUC-JIR and Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. She holds the first joint appointment between the two institutions.
"Dr. Adler is one of the pioneer thinkers of the Jewish feminist movement and an authority in the areas of Judaism and Gender and Modern Jewish Thought. We are thrilled that her book Engendering Judaism has been recognized for its contribution to modern Jewish thought," said Dr. Lewis Barth, Dean of the Los Angeles School of HUC-JIR.
Dr. Adler's book challenges both mainstream Judaism and feminist dogma. It evaluates the impact of gender and sexuality on Judaism's classic texts and brings this assessment to bear on three areas of Jewish thought and practice: law, liturgy, and the ethics of sexuality and relationships. She is one of the first theologians to integrate feminist perspectives and concerns into the construction of Jewish theology. Her articles are found in collections including Blackwell's Companion to Feminist Philosophy, Beginning Anew: A Woman's Companion to the High Holy Days, Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought, Lifecycles,and On Being a Jewish Feminist.
Dr. Adler holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California with a conjoint certificate in Judaica from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She serves on the editorial boards ofTikkun, Shofar and Nashim and on the executive board of the Western Jewish Studies Association. She is also a member of the academic board of the Institute for Progressive Halakha.
The Tuttleman Foundation Book Award, sponsored by Edna and Stanley Tuttleman, will be presented to Dr. Adler on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at an awards ceremony at the Tuttleman Library of Gratz College in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania. The subject area chosen for this year's award is "Women in Judaism." Finalists for the award includeFighting to Become Americans: Assimilation and the Trouble Between Jewish Women and Jewish Men by Riv-Ellen Prell;Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman's Voice, by Judith Hauptman; and Voices of the Matriarch: Listening to the Prayers of Early Modern Jewish Women by Chava Weissler.
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