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Jewish Women, Orthodoxy, and Feminism

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 27 Cheshvan 5782

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This will be a continuation of an Adult Education discussion begun in May, 2021. Dr. Frank had to leave that discussion early for a television interview, but graciously agreed to return to TBJ. Orthodox Jewish feminists are often questioned about their belief systems. How can you be a feminist if you buy into a millennia-old patriarchal Jewish legal system? How can you be an Orthodox Jew if you believe that women's rights are more important than actual words in the Torah? We will talk about the history and philosophy of Orthodox feminism, including how it began and what issues are on the front burner for women and men in the movement today. Laura Shaw Frank is the Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department at American Jewish Committee (AJC). She works on issues of importance to the American Jewish community, including literacy, interdenominational and intergroup relationships, and Israel-Diaspora relations. Laura received her PhD from University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation deals with Jewish marriage and divorce in America in the 19th and early 20th century. She holds undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia University. Prior to AJC, Laura held administrative and educational roles at Yeshivat Maharat, the first Orthodox rabbinical school to ordain women, and SAR High School, a yeshiva high school in Riverdale, NY. A proud founding board member of JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance), Laura lives in Riverdale, NYC with her family. Please join the Adult Education Committee as we host Dr. Laura Shaw Frank for a discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7:00pm via Zoom.

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