Joining Dorshei Emet as Synagogue Educator in August!

I am so excited to announce that I will be joining Congregation Dorshei Emet as Synagogue Educator in August! In this role, I will be working on congregational holiday programming, high holidays, bnai mitzvah education, and children’s and families’ programming. I am thrilled to be joining such a wonderful team, and I am excited to be working with Rabbi Ron Aigen, Executive Director Robyn Bennett, and the rest of the Dorshei Emet team.

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My radio interview: Talking about liberal Judaism, non-denominational rabbi’ing, outreach, and women clergy

9435701-radio-microphone-on-blue-backgroundI had the pleasure of appearing on the Howie Silbiger Show on Radio Shalom this past Sunday night. Thanks to Howie for a great interview and a chance to discuss some of my favorite topics — the history of the liberal Jewish movements and the differences between them, what it means to be a non-denominational rabbi (“…but you have to believe in something, right?), how to change synagogues today to make them relevant in the 21st century, and the newly formed Jewish Women Clergy of Montreal.

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1:40  The interview starts

2:20 I talk about the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College and what it means to be a non-denominational rabbinical school

3:30  I give the on-one-foot history of the Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist movements

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Come talk about Judaism and feminism with me! Book club in April!

Come talk about Judaism and feminism with me! Book club meets at Shaare Zion; you don’t have to be a member there to come. The book will be available for purchase at the first meeting, but call to register if you want a copy so we order enough.
Yentl’s Revenge: A Jewish Feminist Book Club
Wednesday nights, April 10, 17, 24, May 1 and 8
Shaare Zion Congregation
5575 Cote St. Luc Road, Montreal

To register: 514-481-7727

The last four decades have seen a revolution in the Jewish world, as Jewish feminism has brought women into positions of communal leadership and women’s perspectives into the center of the Jewish conversation. As the people of the book, Jewish feminism has a rich literature. From foundational texts like Dr. Judith Plaskow’s “Standing Again At Sinai” came articles, magazines, manifestos, books, and even teshuvot (rabbinic rulings). We will be looking at recent Jewish feminist writing from the last decade, with our core text being “Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism,” edited by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, as well as additional articles and readings. Participants will be asked to read 10-20 pages each week in preparation for our discussion together. No experience with feminism necessary, and all genders are welcome to the conversation!

Find me around town this winter!

If you’re looking to connect, join me at one of the events I’ll be leading around town this winter!

February 9: I’ll be giving the dvar torah at Dorshei Emet, 10am, 18 Cleve Rd, Hampstead.

February 16: I’ll be leading Cool Shul, Shabbat morning services for young adults, at Shaare Zion, 5575 Cote St. Luc Road, Montreal. An abbreviated, egalitarian, songful, joyful service, 10:30am-12pm, followed by kiddush lunch. Future dates: March 16, April 20, May 25.

February 23, Purim: Cool Shul Young Adult Purim Party and Musical Jam! 6:45pm, Shaare Zion, 5575 Cote St. Luc Road, Montreal.