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HerTorah: Biblical Daughters Stand Up to Power: featuring Judy Klitsner

  • Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center (2nd Floor) 2450 Lyttonsville Road Silver Spring, MD, 20910 United States (map)

Join us once again for a powerful evening of connection over text and an amplification of women’s Torah perspectives. HerTorah is a program offered in partnership with SVIVAH and Maharat.

Judy Klitsner

How Biblical Daughters Stand up to Power: In our conversation, we will focus on the narratives of several "daughters" who, at critical points in the books of Exodus and Numbers, push back against conventional wisdom and challenge the structures of power. We will note how the courage of these women, in the face of both political and religious authority, will help a nation recover its endangered path toward redemption.

Plenary Session: How the Women of the Exodus Courageously Lead a Nation to Redemption

Breakout Session: The Five Daughters of Tzelofkhad Change the Law

Judy Klitsner is a senior lecturer in Bible at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where she has educated a generation of students, many of whom now serve as educators and heads of school in locations throughout the Jewish world. A student of the great Bible teacher Nechama Leibowitz, Judy weaves together traditional exegesis, modern scholarship and her own original interpretations that are informed by close readings of the text. She is a frequent guest lecturer in the US, Europe and Israel and she is a regular visiting lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies. Judy is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other, which received a National Jewish book award. Judy is founding board chair of Sacred Spaces, an organization dedicated to preventing abuse in Jewish institutions.

This session is appropriate for learners of all levels/backgrounds.

Simple Words: “Devotion” with Aliza Sperling

Ruth's choice to follow Naomi to the Land of Israel is totally irrational, born of a deep devotion to her husband and mother in law. We will consider the power of devotion, and how it breathes hope and life into what had been a story of loss and despair.


*Refreshments will be served. We welcome women 12+

Need a ride? Bring a friend and SVIVAH will sponsor your Uber/Lyft.
Sponsorships & Dedications are most gratefully welcomed. Reach out to connect@svivah.org

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