How to be a Jewish feminist and hold on to Jewish tradition?
We invite you to the second online lecture in the Distinguished Lectures series. This time, Professor Susannah Heschel will overview history of Jewish feminism and discuss the problems that face this feminist movement going forward, and present some of the issues in the scholarly field of Jewish Studies as gender and feminist theory are incorporated.
- 16 December (Wednesday) 2020, 6pm CET/12.00pm EST
- Broadcast in English on POLIN Museum YouTube channel>>
- Broadcast with Polish translation on POLIN Museum YouTube channel>>
- The lecture will be moderated by Dr. Karolina Szymaniak
Jewish feminism, the pursuit of human rights for women within Judaism, is also a movement to create a feminist Judaism. Indications of these efforts are found in the Bible and Talmud and in antiquity to the present. The lecture will discuss the recent history of Jewish feminism that began to take shape in the 1960s in the United States and grew in each decade to include more and more Jewish communities, scholars and intellectuals.
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance recently celebrated one of its greatest achievement, the ordination of Orthodox women rabbis who join women rabbis in all the other denominations of contemporary Judaism. Scholars have written extensively on the history of Jewish women and developed feminist hermeneutics for interpreting biblical and rabbinic literatures. Several areas of Jewish life remain intransigent and at the forefront of today’s agenda, including men’s control over divorce, is the marginalization of women in the growing haredi community.
The lecture is organized within the Global Education Outreach Program
This program was made possible thanks to Taube Philanthropies, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland